Forest-based textiles, such as rayon, viscose, modal or lyocell are increasingly being used in the fashion industry. If cellulose fibres come from well-managed forests they can be more environmentally friendly than synthetic fibres, such as nylon or polyester, or even natural fibres, such as cotton.


Growth in demand

Though tree-based fibres constitute less than seven per cent of the global fibre market, their production volume has more than doubled since 1990, and the demand for them is forecasted to grow in the coming years.  This growth is driven by the increasing demand for renewable and sustainable raw materials in the production of textiles. However, these materials can sometimes be sourced from high risk areas where deforestation or poor forestry practices are common. In this case, they pose a threat not only to the world’s forests, but also carry reputational risks for brands and businesses.

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Meet consumer expectations

Many consumers view fashion as a means of self-expression, and wearing sustainably sources fabric is increasingly important to consumers worldwide as issues such as climate change become more mainstream.

FSC certified textiles can help businesses in the fashion sector rise to the challenge, and using FSC-certified materials provides the foundation for an outstanding sustainability procurement policy. 



Putting the FSC label on garments enables us to demonstrate our commitment, be transparent about the attributes of the materials, and also makes our customers reflect and ask questions. 

Elleore Bomstein, CSR Manager, Sézane


 We believe FSC to be the strongest certification system around to ensure responsible forest management.

Madelene Ericsson, Sustainability Business Expert, H&M


 At El Corte Ingles we believe that it is our responsibility to not only work with our suppliers but with the consumers as well to make them easily understand what a sustainable product is. That is why we created the movement for sustainability and FSC is one of the major certifications we are working with to make that possible.

Delia Garcia, Head of Sustainability, El Corte Ingles