Textile Exchange defines a preferred fiber or material as one which results in improved environmental and/or social sustainability outcomes and impacts in comparison to conventional production. Taking a portfolio approach means recognizing that there might not be one single fiber, material or program that meets all requirements or business needs, and that a company’s selection might change over time.
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Cotton has historically been the largest percentage of textile production in the world, only recently being outpaced by polyester. When cotton is grown without regard to soil health, water use, toxicity, or other impacts, it can result in devastating, long-term damage to ecologies and livelihoods of the workers and farmers.