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16 November 2016

Future Fibres Sourcing Report

Contributor Ethical Fashion Forum

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This report looks at the most commonly used fibres in the apparel industry - synthetics, cotton, cellulosics, and wool - analysing their popularity, benefits of use, and sustainable alternatives.


The apparel industry now consumes around twice as much fibre as it did 25 years ago. This has a major impact – environmentally, socially and ethically.

In this report we take a look at the fibres most commonly used today in the fashion industry – polyester, cotton, cellulosics and wool. We consider their impacts and – in a glimpse of future trends – we introduce more sustainable alternatives that are stirring interest in the industry.

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