The Soil Association, the body most heavily involved in promoting the growth of organic food in the UK, is currently reported to be planning the launch of its own label to identify fabrics and garments which employ only fibres, dyes and components from organic sources.

At the moment, however, cotton goods would be the most likely contenders for such marks.

Over the last couple of seasons organic cottons have gained favour with some of the biggest brand names in the fashion business. Following hard on the heels of Nike's decision to include a small percentage of guaranteed organically grown cotton in its T-shirts, Timberland weighed in with the promise that all its promotional Ts would contain 100 per cent organic cotton.

And within the knitwear field Pringle is currently evaluating the launch of its own organic range.

By Sonia Roberts.