Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has developed a recycled core spun industrial sewing thread using the Repreve recycled filament fibre.

US yarn maker Unifi turns plastic bottles into 100% recycled polyester fibre. The new Perma Core using Repreve combines a recycled continuous filament polyester core and A&E's signature quality polyester staple wrap to produce what the company says is a high-quality, eco-friendly industrial 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," explains Chris Alt, A&E's senior vice president of global sales.

"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."

Alt adds Perma Core is extremely versatile and can be dyed, finished and delivered from any of A&E's global manufacturing locations and is available across the company's global colour range.

Meanwhile, Unifi says 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," addss Jay Hertwig, vice president of global brand sales, marketing and product development for Unifi.

Last month A&E revealed an industrial sewing thread designed and engineered for reflective visibility.

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