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Eco-B for reduced microfibre plastic pollution

Tenacity, elongation and abrasion resistance are at the same levels as virgin materials.

28th September 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  London

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Coats Group’s new Eco-B is a recycled polyester thread, incorporating an additive from CiCLO to reduce synthetic fibre waste.

The technology creates biodegradable spots in the polymer matrix where naturally-occurring microbes in certain environments can break down the plastics just as they do with natural fibres.

Its launch follows other Coats developments such as EcoVerde, launched in 2018 and now one of the most comprehensive ranges of 100% recycled polyester threads, zips and trims on the market, EcoRegen, a 100% lyocell thread that more closely matches the material of the garments, and EcoCycle, one of the first water dissolvable threads of its kind.

Coats has developed three variations of Eco-B,.

“Eco B is a recycled thread that has all the durability of virgin materials, but doesn’t stay around to pollute the oceans and increase landfill,” says Sonya Manolova, product director for apparel and footwear at Coats. “This solution brings us one step closer to reducing the problem of plastic pollution by allowing synthetic plastic fibres to behave more like natural fibres.”‹’

Eco-B makes no compromises on durability, with fatigue tests proving that properties such as tenacity, elongation and abrasion resistance are at the same levels as virgin materials and ensure enhanced performance.


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