Unveils 100 per cent recycled sewing thread ‘EcoVerde’
Coats, a leading industrial sewing thread manufacturer, has introduced a new line of 100 per cent recycled premium sewing thread named ‘EcoVerde’. Interestingly, the thread has been made from used plastic bottles which shows commitment of the thread pioneer towards making its products more eco-friendly. According to Coats, EcoVerde is now the only globally available line of premium corespun and textured sewing threads in the market which is 100 per cent recycled and it offers the same proven level of performance as the industry’s leading non-recycled threads.
Used plastic (PET) bottles are collected from consumers, sorted, cleaned, grounded to flakes and then melted down and extruded into fibre and filaments from which EcoVerde sewing threads are made. “Because it consists entirely of recycled plastic fibres, Coats EcoVerde has a significantly lower carbon footprint than virgin fibres,” informs Coats spokesperson, adding, “No downtime, retrofitting or production slowdown is experienced by the users.” Markedly, EcoVerde offers stronger, more durable, precisely engineered sewing with lower repair rates, lower returns to manufacturer, lower irregulars and increased productivity. Its ability of greater abrasion resistance makes it even more relevant and a preferred choice for sewing. Furthermore, low shrinkage property of these threads ensures no seam distortion after washing. It’s worth mentioning here that EcoVerde line of sewing thread is approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and certified by Öeko-Tex as well as GRS. In another development, Coats is ready to experiment with a new ‘revolutionary’ digital thread dyeing system. The technology is an innovation of an Israeli-based technology start-up, Twine Solutions. Coats is investing US $ 5 million for 9.5 per cent share in the company and a seat on board. Twine claims that the invention is the world’s first standalone digital thread dyeing system, and features the small digital printing technology. The system is a plug and play machine that dyes threads of length and colour with the digital printing technology, whenever and wherever needed. Moreover, the technology is based on waterless dyeing and has in-built colour software integrated with Coat ColourStitch.
“We are investing in future technology which will improve our industry and its sustainability by directly addressing the key needs: speed, innovation and sustainability of our customers. The disruptive technology has the potential to revolutionise the thread industry and Coats will work closely with Twine to commercialise this opportunity,” said Rajiv Sharma, Group Chief Executive, Coats Group Plc.
The technology is due to be launched in mid-2019. “We are bringing high-tech to a low-tech industry by providing a unique solution to the most basic problem of one of the largest and old industries. To have the world’s leading thread manufacturer as a backer brings immeasurable strength and opportunity to our offer,” stated Alon Moshe, CEO, Twine Solutions.
Twine Solutions, founded in
2015 in Israel, currently has 40 full-time employees. Notably, the investment in Twine follows three acquisitions for Coats: Patrick Yarn Mill, a US manufacturer of high performance engineered yarns;
Gotex, a Spanish company that designs and manufactures high-tech industrial yarns and tapes used in telecommunications, energy and oil and gas sectors; and FRS, a UK firm providing software solutions and expertise to improve operational efficiency and speed-to-market in apparel and footwear.