Textiles fibres

Guidance on fibre and fabric selection

What can my organisation do?

Fibre and fabric selection is key to improving sustainability, reducing carbon, water and waste footprints and increasing the useable life of a piece of clothing. 

By using longer-lasting, more durable and less resource intensive fibres, fabrics and materials in your products, your organisation can reduce product returns, the need for repair and increase rates of re-use in second-hand clothing.

Using WRAP’s expert, independent research your organisation can find new and innovative sources of fabrics and develop procurement frameworks to create a more sustainable supply chain.

Choosing sustainable textiles and fibres

Which fibres and textiles are best?

Our webinar and short video guides are an ideal way to gain a quick understanding of the different types of fibres available to increase sustainability and product lifetime. 

The series is comprised of two thirty-minute webinars and five shorter bite-size videos – for a quick understanding of sustainable fibres and fabrics.


You can also check out our: 

More can be found on the Clothing Knowledge Hub


Bitesize fabric selection videos

Low impact cotton  

Organic cotton  



Is your supply chain and product selection sustainable enough?

Sustainable clothing guide

Our Sustainable Clothing Guide provides advice and guidance to help drive sustainable change in the clothing industry supply chain including guidance on fabric selection for durability. 

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Summary of evidence

Textile-derived microfibre

Our reports examine the current literature on microfibres: estimating the scale of microfibre formation and shedding; reviewing current mitigation actions; and identifying key evidence gaps in studies conducted so far. 

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