Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report 2019
The PFMR focuses on data in various fiber categories, including plant-based natural fibers, animal-based fibers and materials, man-made cellulosic fibers and synthetic fibers, as well as taking a look at sustainability standards, initiatives, and trends. The report finds that the Manmade Cellulosic Fibers category (MMCFs) is increasing steadily with a market share of approx. 6.2% of total fiber production volume, which is double what it was in 1990 and is expected to continue growing. MMCFs include viscose, acetate, lyocell, modal, and cupro.
In the Synthetic Fiber Category for 2018, polyester was reported to have a market share of around 52% of the global fiber production, making it the most widely used fiber worldwide.
In an effort to accelerate the industry’s use of preferred fibers, Textile Exchange initiated a commitment to recycled polyester, one type of preferred polyester that encouraged brands and retailers to publicly commit to increasing their use of recycled polyester by 25% by 2020. This goal was achieved in 2018 - 2 years early!