World's first recycled core-spun sewing thread is tough, colorfast

Made of 100 percent recycled plastic bottle fiber, the Perma Core withstands abrasion and fading.

April 12, 2017

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Made of 100 percent recycled plastic bottle fiber, the Perma Core withstands abrasion and fading.

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US-based industrial sewing thread specialist American & Efird LLC (A&E) has partnered with specialty yarns manufacturer Unifi Mfg Inc. to launch an environment-friendly industrial sewing thread made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottle fibers.

In what the companies claim to be an industry first, the recycled core-spun thread, dubbed the Perma Core, combines A&E's polyester staple wrap with Unifi's continuous filament recycled polyester core called Repreve.

The eco-friendly thread can be used on manual and automatic multidirectional sewing machines, and delivers good seam integrity and strength, and abrasion resistance.

The Perma Core can also be dyed in a range of hues, and withstands repeated laundering with its colorfast and chemical-resistant properties. The recycled PET thread comes in different sizes, and can be used in a variety of garments, including denims, workwear, and formal and casual apparel.

"Perma Core provides an eco-friendly core spun sewing thread solution without sacrificing quality or sewing performance as seen in some existing recycled threads in the industry," said Chris Alt, A&E's senior vice president of global sales in a press statement.

"The portability of this product is important to our global customers and prospects that are already incorporating Repreve fabrics into their products, allowing them to complete their sustainability efforts in a cost-efficient way, no matter where in the world they place their sewing production," he added.

Jay Hertwig, vice president of global brand sales for Unifi, added: "Consumers are looking for products and brands that are environmentally responsible from start to finish. With Perma Core, brands can be confident that their products are sewn with eco-friendly thread.

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