Eco Fiber Market Report

Eco Fiber Market Analysis By Product (Organic, Regenerated, Recycled, Natural), By Application (Textiles, Industrial, Medical, Household & Furnishings), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Aug, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2016
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-977-7
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 104

Industry Insights

The global eco fiber market size was estimated at 9,570 kilo tons in 2016. Rising awareness regarding sustainable textile production to meet the environmental and social aspects along with increasing demand for natural fabrics is expected to be a key factor driving market growth. 

Organic fibers have numerous advantages over the conventional synthetic cotton such as no use of pesticides or chemicals that saves the farmers as well as surroundings from chronic diseases, less resource consumption, more revenues for farmers, improved water utilization, and increased biodiversity. Owing to these qualities of the product, demand for organic fibers are expected to increase in the near future hence driving the industry growth.

U.S. eco fiber market volume by product, 2014 - 2025 (Kilo Tons)

U.S. eco fiber market

Organic cotton and bamboo are most popular natural fibers, increasingly being preferred by several fashion companies working with organic eco-logical fashion to improve the standards of sustainable materials in their product line. These green products are produced from the controlled usage of chemicals and pesticides, and are sold under the label “eco-friendly”.

Organic farmers utilize an alternative approach to manage pests and insects without using harmful chemicals or pesticides. They use several non-synthetic materials, derived from plants, minerals or animal matter, and do not undergo a synthetic produce such as the hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, neem, and garlic. The organic farming methods also include the adoption of natural fertilizers, such as animal manure or compost, which aids in recycling the nitrogen present in the soil.

Favorable regulations for manufacturing bio-based products coupled with stringent environmental sanctions on synthetic polymers are anticipated to have a positive impact on sustainable fibers market growth over the forecast period. Increasing dependency on chemicals and pesticides to increase the crop production has led to mass degradation of the environment. This, in turn, has led to an increase in regulations being implemented by governments and other regulatory bodies globally.

Rapidly expanding textiles industry in emerging nations, including India and China is projected to propel the demand in upcoming years. India holds the advantage in sustainable production of textiles since it can source the natural fibers locally. The government has also announced plans for major investments in weaving and processing over the forecast period, which is further anticipated to steer market growth.

Several global brands, including Nike, Patagonia and Otto Group have shifted focus towards sustainability in their processes throughout the supply chain to reduce the use of waste, energy and carbon emissions. Recycled eco fibers are also rapidly gaining popularity since it not only reduces the harmful environmental impacts but also ensures secured income and high premiums to the farmers.

Application Insights

Textiles emerged as the leading application category and accounted for over 48% of the total volume in 2016. The growing demand for bio-based alternatives including bamboo, hemp, linen and tencel in clothing sector is anticipated to be a key driving factor for the growth in upcoming years. Additionally, the increasing number of retail outlets in developing countries including China and India by apparel manufacturers Tommy, Levis, and Peter England is another factor contributing significantly to industry growth.

Global eco fiber market volume by application, 2016 (%)

Global eco fiber market

The Indian textiles industry is expected to witness increased investments by global players over the forecast period since key manufacturers including Future Group, Raymond and Max Fashion, have announced plans to open new stores and retail chains across the region in near future. Future Group is planning to set up 80 new stores under its brand Fashion at Big Bazaar (FBB), targeting sales of 230 million units of garments by 2018. These trends, in turn, are positively influencing the market growth across the region. 

Stable prices of bio-based fibers coupled with improved durability and enhanced properties of finished products are expected to have the edge over the synthetic conventional counterparts. Additionally, easy availability of feedstock also provides a stable supply of raw materials, and hence, support this shift from synthetic chemicals to organic fibers. Mature economies such as the U.S. and Europe constantly been focusing on eco-friendly fabrics in garments and designer apparels.

Medical applications are also anticipated to grow at a modest pace over the forecast period. Technological advancements, increasing geriatric population, and guidelines encouraging the use of antimicrobial textiles are expected to improve growth prospects. Rapidly expanding healthcare industry owing to the growing awareness regarding hospital related diseases is also expected to boost demand for eco-based medical textiles over the forecast period.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific was the leading eco fibers market and accounted for around 35% of the total market volume in 2016. Rapid industrialization and favorable governmnt policies regarding textile trade activities are positively influencing the industry growth. Furthermore,increasing population coupled rising living standards have also spurred the high quality, and sustainable garments demand across the region. 

China is the largest producer and consumer of eco-friendly fabrics across the globe. Rapidly growing online fashion market, rising disposable income along with the development of high quality innovative fabrics are some key factors driving growth in Chinese textile industry. The government has also introduced numerous policies to rebalance the nation’s economic structure by lowering energy consumption and pollution, boosting domestic consumption and eliminating over capacity.

Asia Pacific was followed by North America which accounted for around 26% of the total market volume in 2016. Increasing demand for cotton blends for garments is expected to result in advancements in fabrics, which will further boost the demand for textiles across the region. Moreover, the emergence of advanced fabrics infused with antimicrobial, antistatic and antibacterial agents is also proving conducive to the overall industry growth.

Competitive Insights

The global eco fibers market is characterized by high capital investment and rising awareness regarding sustainable production methods and end-products. Key market participants include Lenzing AG, US Fibers, Polyfibre Industries Pvt Ltd, Grasim Industries Ltd., Wellman Advanced Materials, Teijin Limited, Pilipinas Ecofiber Corporation and China Bambro Textile (Group) Co., Ltd. 

The key industry participants are involved in R&D and heavy expenditure on marketing activities to compete with established companies. New entrants are expected to achieve economies of scale by increasing the spending on development of novel products such as eco-friendly smart textiles.

Report Scope 



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                                                

Volume in kilo tons, revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, UK, Italy, China, India, Japan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia

Report coverage             

Volume & revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global eco fibers market on the basis of product and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Organic

    • Regenerated

    • Recycled

    • Natural

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Textiles

    • Industrial

    • Medical

    • Household & Furnishings

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • UK

      • Italy

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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