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September 28, 2022

Coats launches Eco-B for reduced microfibre plastic pollution

Coats Group plc has taken a step forward in its sustainability journey launching its newest recycled polyester thread; the Eco-B.

By Shemona Safaya

Coats Group plc, is taking a leap towards bringing down pollution caused by microfibre plastic by launching its newest sustainable product Eco-B powered by CiCLO technology.

Eco-B is a recycled polyester thread, that incorporates an additive from CiCLO to reduce synthetic fibre accumulation in landfills and oceans. This technology is known to create 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.

Last November, Coats made a commitment to move all products to environmentally friendly materials and chemicals, in its journey towards a sustainable future. The launch of Eco-B is a part of this Eco Journey roadmap to produce innovative sustainable products, which supports Coats’ drive towards a circular economy. This journey started with EcoVerde in 2018, which is now one of the most comprehensive ranges of 100% recycled polyester threads, zips and trims on the market, followed by EcoRegen, a 100% lyocell thread that matches the material of the garments more closely, and EcoCycle, which was one of the first water dissolvable threads of its kind.

The product director of apparel and footwear at Coats, Sonya Manolova, commented: “Eco B is a recycled thread that has all the durability of virgin materials, but doesn’t stay around to pollute our oceans and increase landfill. 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.”

Coats has developed three variations of Eco-B, namely, Epic Eco-B, Gramax Eco-B and Sylko Eco-B offering. It says the product has no compromises on durability with fatigue tests proving that traits such as tenacity, elongation, and abrasion resistance are at the same levels as virgin materials and ensure enhanced performance.

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