the organic textile market


1.1 Definition and presentation

Organic or bio textile refers to all fabrics obtained from organic farming, woven and then ennobled, through a process that uses a limited number of harmful or polluting substances. The most commonly used traditional organic fibers are cotton, wool, flax and hemp from organic farming and breeding. The three main activities of the organic textile industry are the production of yarns, the production of fabrics and the processing of fabrics (e.g. dyeing).

The organic textile market is constantly growing and seems to have a bright future ahead of it thanks to the awareness of consumers and professionals of the dangers to health and their impact on the environment of "conventional" textiles. This market is young but very dynamic, as evidenced by the growing number of hectares of organically farmed land around the world.

The potential of the Italian organic textile market strongly depends on the manifestation of a healthy mentality among Italians, which is already driving markets such as food, cosmetics and FMCGs. The main uses of organic fabrics are clothing, technical fabrics and other fabrics (household linen, tarpaulins and other textile surfaces).

The greatest difficulty for the numerous market operators in Italy remains the need to obtain organic certifications and to find innovative solutions to differentiate themselves from competitors.  

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