Thread manufacturer Amann Group has received gold-level certification for its Amann Lifecycle TN technological cycle thread from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

To gain C2C certification, products must be independently assessed for environmental and social performance across five sustainability categories: material health, material reuse (which can be achieved via either a biological or technical cycle), renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. 

There are five certification levels in the C2C Certified Program: basic, bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Specifically, Amann’s thread achieved the highest possible rating for material health (platinum) and achieved a gold level performance rating across the other four categories.

“Cradle to Cradle certification at the gold level represents significant achievement in the innovation of materials and products for the circular economy,” says Dr Christina Raab, vice president of strategy and development at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. “By achieving Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold for its Lifecycle TN technological cycle thread, Amann is expanding the global availability of threads that are safe, circular and responsible.” 

Amann says an extension of the Lifecycle product line is currently being implemented with plans to develop compostable sewing threads made of natural raw materials for feeding into biological cycles.

Last month, fashion retailer C&A launched the first C2C certified platinum level fabric and what it claims is the world’s most sustainable denim.