Global fiber production attained around 110 million meters in 2019, representing a 30 percent increase over the past 10 years, and is expected to rise by another 30 percent to 146 million meters in 2030 if the current trend continues. According to the latest “Preferred Fiber & Materials Market Report” (PFMR), released by Textile Exchange, progress in sustainability is being made in most areas, but not yet at the speed and scale required. The situation for preferred cotton, with a market share of 25 percent in 2019, is more advanced than it is with most other materials, thanks to several well-established programs. The share of recycled polyester reached 14 percent in 2019, and is indeed increasing, but not at the speed and scale required, Textile Exchange said – the low prices of fossil-based polyester representing a major challenge for recycled and bio-based polyester. Polyester is the fiber with the largest market share (52 percent of total global fiber production), so the scale of the material’s impact is considerable. The market share of preferred polyamide is still low by comparison, because of technical problems and through lack of attention, as its has lower volumes. Elsewhere, conventional wool still dominates the wool market, but the adoption of non-mulesing and preferred wool programs, such as the Responsible Wool Standard, is increasing. Recycled wool can represent another key lever, analysts said. As for down, increased awareness of animal welfare issues has led to the spread of standards, such as the Responsible Down Standard. The market share of recycled manmade cellulosics (MMCFs) is estimated at below 1 percent but is expected to increase significantly in the next years, as research and development is ongoing. As for leather, Textile Exchange has developed the Leather Impact Accelerator (LIA) to speed up positive actions along the beef/leather value chain.