Un­veils 100 per cent re­cy­cled sewing thread ‘EcoVerde’

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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.

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