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A&E launches Repreve recycled core spun sewing thread

Perma Core using Repreve is said to provide an eco-friendly core spun sewing thread solution without sacrificing quality.

5th April 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Mount Holly, NC

Clothing/​Footwear, Sports/​Outdoor

American & Efird (A&E), a leading textiles manufacturer, has announced the official product launch of its recycled core spun industrial sewing thread, Perma Core using Repreve.

Unifi, the maker of Repreve, turns plastic bottles into 100% recycled polyester fibre, which is then made into products sold by leading consumer brands and retailers. Perma Core using Repreve combines a recycled continuous filament polyester core and A&E’s polyester staple wrap to produce a high quality, eco-friendly industrial sewing thread.

“We are very excited to partner with Unifi and offer this innovative and environmentally-conscious product. Our customers requested a quality solution for producing complete products using Repreve from fabric and yarn to sewing thread, and our innovative teams collaborated to deliver an economic, high quality, sustainable, premium sewing thread to fill this space by creating Perma Core using Repreve,” commented Chris Alt, A&E’s Senior Vice President of global sales.

Eco-friendly core spun sewing thread

“Perma Core using Repreve 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.

“Perma Core using Repreve is extremely versatile and can be dyed, finished and delivered from any of A&E’s global manufacturing locations and is available across A&E’s global colour range. 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.”

Transparent recycled product

“Consumers are looking for products and brands that are environmentally responsible from start to finish. With Perma Core using Repreve, brands can be confident that their products are sewn with eco-friendly thread,” said Jay Hertwig, vice president of global brand sales, marketing and product development for Unifi.

“At Unifi, we’re dedicated to providing a transparent recycled product through our U Trust program with Fiberprint technology, which verifies products contain Repreve in the right amounts. We are proud to be associated with A&E and to support their environmental initiatives.”

10 Threads of Sustainability

According to the manufacturer, commitment to sustainability is an important and ongoing goal of A&E. A&E’s 10 Threads of Sustainability platform aims to balance social responsibility and environmental impact with business growth objectives.

This initiative compliments Unifi’s goal to empower brands in fulfilment of their own sustainable programmes through its Repreve brand.

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