The latest report from Textile Exchange is upbeat about the ‘preferred’ textile fibres such as identity cottons, recycled polyester and bio-based synthetics.The report names Nike, Puma, H&M, G-Star Raw and prAna as the biggest users of recycled polyester.
The growing popularity of identity cottons produced in compliance with voluntary sustainable standards, upward projections for recycled polyester manufacture by leading resin suppliers, and projected growth in Tencel production by Lenzing at its new Austrian plant are key reasons to be optimistic about the sustainable textile fibre market, suggests the report by Textile Exchange (TE).
The report, ‘Preferred Fibres Market Summary’, is fibres based on global market size, Textile Exchange’s Material Snapshots and the values set by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Higg Index, MSI and the Made-By Environmental Benchmark for Fibres have been selected. The report includes competition with other crops for agricultural land, rising raw materials prices for recycled synthetics, and a lack of performing substitutes for spandex which is blended with a wide variety of textile fibres.
This latest TE report provides a useful overview of different types of recycled polyester and bio-based synthetics as well as a helpful side-by-side comparison of the similarities and differences between various cotton sustainability initiatives and standards.