Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report

About the Report

Textile Exchange’s Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report (PFMR) is a unique annual publication on the global fiber and materials production, availability, and trends, including those with improved social and environmental impacts, referred to as ”preferred.” The comprehensive report includes quantitative data, industry updates, and inspiring insights into the work of leading companies and organizations as they create material change. The PFMR is a key component of Textile Exchange’s work, as it provides the data and insights to measure and facilitate progress towards our Climate+ goal. The engagement, interest in, and references to the PFMR indicate that the report is a highly relied upon industry source, a great vehicle to offer exposure to innovative materials and technologies, and a unique data source to help the industry measure progress.

Latest Market Highlights

In 2020, global fiber production was around 109 million tonnes, a decrease from 111 million tonnes from 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after years of growth. Fiber production has more than doubled in the last 20 years. While it’s not yet clear how the pandemic and other factors will impact future development, it is expected to increase by another 34 percent to 146 million tonnes in 2030 if business as usual continues. 

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Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Overview

In 2020 the market share of preferred cotton increased from 24 to 30 percent and recycled polyester from 13.7 to 14.7 percent. The Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS) jumped from 0 to 27 percent of all mohair produced worldwide in its first year of existence. In the same time, preferred cashmere increased from 0.8 percent to around 7 percent of all cashmere produced in 2020. The market share of FSC and/or PEFC certified MMCFs increased to around 55-60 percent. While the market share of recycled MMCFs is estimated at around 0.4 percent, it is expected to increase significantly in the following years.   

The Global Preferred Fiber Market 2020 (1)

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(1) This graph aims to inform the industry about the global total production volumes and the shares covered by different programs. Our definition of “Preferred” is currently being updated, and the assessment of the programs along a continuum of different levels of preferred is work-in-progress. For more information see also our methodology chapter.

(2) Conventional and unknown. This includes volumes of preferred or potentially preferred but unassessed programs for which data are not accessible or available.

(3) Other synthetic fibers include polypropylene (PP), acrylics (AC), and elastane (EL).

(4) Renewable recognized programs include here all the recognized programs listed in this graph apart from the recycled fibers.

Download the report

Our Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report is freely available to all. You can download the latest report by clicking on the image below:

Access the Insider Series and Member Spotlights

Each year, during the Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report preparation, we interview suppliers and other stakeholders to seek unique insights from their work. Links to the interviews and excerpts are shared in the report, but you can read the full interviews online in our Insider Series and Membership Spotlight.

Supplier Mapping

Another tool that accompanies the Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report is the Supplier Mapping. While the basic supplier mapping and excerpts are shared in the publicly available report, the full supplier mapping is an exclusive benefit for supporter and partner level members and stored in the member community on the HUB. The basic supplier mapping and links to the full supplier mapping are included in the PFMR. If you want to access the latest version, you can download the PFMR 2021 (pages 111–112).

Member-only webinar

All Textile Exchange members are invited to join our annual member-only Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report webinar. During the webinar, the team behind the report will share the latest industry data and trends for all key fibers and materials used in the textile industry, looking first at the global market before diving into individual preferred fibers and materials. The member-only PFMR webinar will take place on September 23, 2021. Members should keep an eye on their email inbox for the registration link coming soon. 

While the Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report is publicly accessible for all, the accompanying webinar is for Textile Exchange members only. In order to access these member-only benefits, become a Textile Exchange member.

References and feedback

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Partnership opportunities

The Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report is the most comprehensive report on the market for more sustainable fibers and materials. It helps the industry to measure progress towards global goals and supports people in their decision-making. To help us continue publishing the report as an open-source document, we are looking for partners to support this work. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities available, please get in touch with us here.