When you ask consumers around the world what keeps them up at night, you might be surprised at the answer. Terrorism takes the #1 spot, illness and disease come next, and climate change ranks third.  That’s right, third. In fact, climate change concerns beat out worries about political leadership, health care, and other pretty troubling topics. More than 80% of global consumers consider climate change to be real and very serious. More than 70% think that climate change is attributable to human activity, and 63% believe that the actions of an individual can help reverse climate change.  Encouragingly, 70% of surveyed consumers state that they are committed to living a more sustainable and environmentally responsible lifestyle.

Those findings are the result of the global survey, “The Key To Confidence: Consumers and Textile Sustainability” conducted by OEKO-TEX® to determine how consumers are feeling about sustainability and other issues that affect the textile industry. The findings from this first-of-its-kind market research study clearly indicate that consumers are very interested in making more responsible decisions about the clothing and home textiles they buy.

That really should not be so surprising. The textile industry has been expecting it ever since all those organic food stickers started showing up in the grocery store a decade ago. As usually occurs, concerns about pesticides, dyes, and additives start with consumables like food and personal care products then flow through to other product categories. What did surprise researchers in the OEKO-TEX® study is the narrow 20 percentage point gap between food and textiles, which is closer than predicted.

% of consumers who are concerned about harmful substances in



Personal care products




Home textiles


So, what does that mean? Consumers are already well aware of hazardous substances in food. Transferring that awareness to other products like clothing and home textiles is much easier now that consumers are receptive to the concept. Also, social media and the vast number of other media outlets make getting the word out so much easier. That suggests that consumers who are already concerned will start actively seeking out more sustainable textiles while even those people who have not yet expressed concerns will start to look at their clothing and home textiles a little differently.

Perspective Shapes Sustainability Attitudes

Consumers evaluate sustainability through two lenses. First, how does it affect my family and me and, second, how does it affect the world at large? Some consumers, depending on their level of awareness and their life stage, may come down a little more heavily on one side or the other, but textile sustainability hits home with most in both regards. People, particularly parents, are concerned about harmful substances in their textile products and how they might be detrimental to their family’s health. People, especially Millennials, are also concerned about the industry’s impact on the environment as well as the working conditions within the industry.

Experience with and exposure to the textile industry shape those perceptions. The people in OEKO-TEX’s survey who live in textile producing regions were much more likely to be concerned about harmful substances in textiles as well as the environmental and social effects the industry can have. Those who are not as familiar with how clothing and home textiles are produced were less concerned. However, consumers do not have to live in a textile producing region in order to be sensitized to textile sustainability issues.

Documentaries, social media postings, outspoken activists, and news coverage about the apparel and home textile industries are getting a lot of play these days and do a good job of educating people wherever they reside. And, as observed in the OEKO-TEX® study, the more people know, the more they care. In fact, once study respondents who live outside textile producing regions were exposed to the facts, their concerns about harmful substances, environmental footprint, and working conditions escalated to be on par with those who were familiar with the industry on a first-hand basis.

Doing the Right Thing

When it comes to textile sustainability, consumers want to do the right thing. They want to buy clothing and home textiles that are not harmful to their family. They want those textiles to be produced with respect for the environment and the people employed in textile factories. They count on brands, retailers, and certifiers to help them make easy, responsible purchase decisions.     

Brands and retailers can respond to this demand with straightforward and plentiful information. According to the OEKO-TEX® study, consumers want to know what their brands and retailers are doing with respect to textile sustainability, even if the brand or retailer isn’t perfectly “green” yet. Advances in chemical management, initiatives that guard water, earth, and air, programs to protect workers’ rights, and transparent supply chains that stand up to third party scrutiny should be publicized. Consumers are looking for this information on products, in stores, on websites, in mainstream media, and in social media.

Independent certifications are a very useful tool as well, according to “The Key To Confidence” study. More than half of the consumer who purchase eco-friendly clothing check for certification labels to validate sustainability claims. For those who don’t bother to verify claims, a third said they trusted the brand and a third said they take a product certification label at face value. Brands and certifiers together can give consumers easy, time-saving shortcuts to making the responsible purchase decisions they want to make.

Brands and retailers who provide verifiable sustainability information in an accessible way will win consumers interested in making more responsible decisions. And as researchers have found in other sustainability studies, once people learn how to live more sustainably, they rarely go back. That means that textile sustainability isn’t just a fashion-of-the-day trend but a long-term shift in the way brands, retailers, and consumers think about textiles.  

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    Patent granted for enzymatic PET recycling technology

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    Puma combats poverty and pollution with rPET project

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  • Thursday, 28 March 2019

    Report finds that sustainability sells

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  • Thursday, 28 March 2019

    Target on Consumer Goods Forum committee

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  • Thursday, 28 March 2019

    Online map of global apparel factories goes live

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  • Wednesday, 27 March 2019

    Nike gets FLA tick for re-accreditation

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  • Wednesday, 27 March 2019

    ‘Sustainable’ athletic clothing line finds success on Kickstarter

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  • Wednesday, 27 March 2019

    Dye price chaos fears after fatal factory explosion

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  • Wednesday, 27 March 2019

    AAFA conference to search for apparel trade solutions

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    ASOS back at House of Lords for Modern Slavery forum

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  • Tuesday, 26 March 2019

    GOTS wins legal case against t-shirt printer

    STUTTGART – The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has won a legal judgement in an appeal case against a company that printed blank GOTS certified organic cotton t-shirts and then sold them afterwards as GOTS certified end products – despite not…
  • Tuesday, 26 March 2019

    Mistra publishes two-part Fiber Bible

    STOCKHOLM - Mistra has published the two-part Fiber Bible, aiming to identify the textile fibres with the greatest potential to “mitigate the environmental impact of fibres currently dominating the fashion industry.” Part One of the Fiber Bible…
  • Tuesday, 26 March 2019

    Garment-to-garment recycling system wins Red Dot Award

    HONG KONG - A Garment-to-Garment (G2G) recycling system, described as a ‘Mini Mill within The Mills’, developed by the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) has won the 2019 Red Dot Award for product design. 
  • Tuesday, 26 March 2019

    Green Guide to ITMA returns for 2019 event

    WAKEFIELD – All four publications under the MCL News & Media banner will come together to produce the 2019 edition of the Green Guide to ITMA, following on from the success of previous incarnations that were distributed at the show. Ecotextile News,…
  • Tuesday, 26 March 2019

    UK fashion and footwear retailers dominate worker rankings

    LONDON - Some of Britain’s largest apparel and footwear high street retailers, including M&S, John Lewis and Clarks, have been ranked among the best 15 UK retail companies to work for by their own employees. Of the top 15 firms ranked following an…
  • Tuesday, 26 March 2019

    Asda’s George makes 2025 recycled polyester pledge

    LEEDS - UK supermarket chain Asda has announced that George, the fashion and homeware division of its operations, will for the first time begin selling products made using recycled polyester derived from plastic bottles. This move forms part of the…
  • Monday, 25 March 2019

    Natural fibres most prevalent in air and water, study claims

    NOTTINGHAM - A new study examining the prevalence of natural versus synthetic fibres in air and freshwater ecosystems has found that natural fibre varieties can frequently be found in much higher concentrations than synthetic alternatives.
  • Monday, 25 March 2019

    Guess launches new Eco line featuring Candiani denim

    LOS ANGELES - US fashion brand Guess has debuted a 12-piece capsule collection made with what the firm describes as “environmentally conscious materials and manufacturing processes.” Some of the fabrics incorporated in the Guess Eco collection have…
  • Monday, 25 March 2019

    Fashion students assess archipelago microfibre pollution

    ORKNEY - A group of fashion and textiles students from Heriot-Watt University have visited the archipelago of Orkney, off the Northeastern coast of Scotland, to research how textile-derived microfibre pollution is impacting pollution in the…
  • Friday, 22 March 2019

    H&M commits to ‘sustainable’ materials by 2030

    STOCKHOLM – Fashion brand H&M has announced that it has increased its use of ‘sustainable’ materials in its products from 35 to 57 per cent in the past year, and aims to use 100 per cent ‘sustainably’ sourced materials by 2030.
  • Thursday, 21 March 2019

    Cotton industry fights back against “false information”

    BREMEN – To mark World Water Day, the Bremen Cotton Exchange has taken aim at reports on the water consumption of cotton, saying that information which is spread in the media has “been in circulation for years and is desperately in need of an…
  • Thursday, 21 March 2019

    Target aims for viscose textile transparency

    VANCOUVER – Mass market retailer Target has today joined over 170 brands and apparel industry stakeholders by committing to the CanopyStyle initiative in a bid to ensure the use of ancient and endangered forest fibre is not found in its own viscose…
  • Thursday, 21 March 2019

    Stakeholders unite to reduce textile waste

     TORONTO – The Ontario Textile Diversion Collaborative (OTDC) – an independent organisation of over 40 stakeholders – is set to host a Symposium on April 11th to address textile waste diversion and recycling. It will also launch a public awareness…

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