We supply yarn, zips, sewing and needlework products to a wide range of markets around the world.
Our products are part of the fabric of everyday life: from clothing, accessories and furniture to fibre optics and healthcare items. Last year we dyed nearly 140 thousand different colours in over three million production batches, making Coats the world's leading player in industrial threads and textile crafts products, and the second largest global zip manufacturer.
We consider the direct impacts of our product manufacture, as well as the issues throughout the whole lifecycle of their development and use. As a result, we are increasingly using recycled and sustainable materials in our product development and increasing the proportion of recycled material used in our packaging. For industrial use, we have developed threads made from recycled polyester and from organic cotton under the EcoVerde brand. We have also introduced the Purelife collection of yarns made from recycled garments (see the case study – Use of Recycled and Sustainable Materials in Our Products ).
We are committed to ensuring the safety of our end consumers when using our products. As a result we continually take feedback on product performance and are working with our suppliers to ensure the safety of our raw materials and product components. We maintain a Restricted Substances List (RSL) which incorporates the requirements of all the major internationally recognised environmental standards (for example REACH, Oeko-Tex, CPSIA). It is rigorously enforced and, where necessary, extended to reflect tightening commercial and legal limits for dangerous substances. We believe this is the most comprehensive RSL in the textile industry and it has been referenced by other organisations as best practice.
Our aim is to maintain zero incidence of product safety related issues. Over the coming year we will be reviewing the risks associated with our existing product lines and ensuring that we take account of safety issues in new product development.