Synthetic fibers surpass cotton to dominate US apparel imports
U.S. imports of synthetic apparel this year have overtaken cotton garments for the first time in decades, according to the latest U.S. government data, confirming the cotton industry's fears that cotton is losing the battle to man-made fibers. Of 19.43 billion square-meter equivalents (sme) of apparel shipped to the United States through September, 9.87 billion was clothing made primarily of synthetic fibers like polyester and viscose, the latest U.S. government data show.
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