Recycling is becoming increasingly important in a world coming to terms with the challenges of environmental and climatic change. At home we are all learning to recycle glass, paper and plastic and for many of us recycling has become a part of our lifestyle. At Coats we also take this issue very seriously and have developed products made from recycled raw materials in both our Crafts and Industrial divisions.
Rowan Purelife Recycled Handknitting Yarns
Under our Rowan handknitting brand we have introduced the Purelife collection of yarns made from recycled garments. The first stage of the process is to sort the garments - these may be old and used, faulty, or even new - by colour and quality. After being sterilised, the garments are then sorted by fibre composition (e.g. put all the 100% cotton ones together, all the 100% silk garments together etc.). It is at this stage that superfluous parts such as any linings, buttons, ribbons, seams and trims are removed. The sorted garments are then cut into pieces and introduced into a fabric shredder that reduces them to loose fibres. These are then processed to make regenerated fibre, which is then spun into the cotton, silk and viscose yarns of high quality.
In this way we not only recycle materials which might otherwise end up in a landfill, but we also produce yarns which can be made into fashionable garments with a vintage allure. Since launching the Purelife Revive and Renew brands three years ago, we have sold over 27 tonnes of yarn.
EcoVerde Industrial Sewing & Embroidery Threads
We recognise that consumers increasingly want to know more about the sustainability of the products they buy and how they are made.
Coats EcoVerde is the umbrella brand that we use for our range of environmentally friendly products which are intended for the garment industry. Coats EcoVerde recycled polyester was the first of these products to be launched and is a sewing and embroidery thread range made from recycled plastic (PET) bottle flakes.
The PET bottle is a very useful container but it is a problem for the environment as it is non-biodegradable. With millions of such bottles being produced daily around the world, the disposal of the used bottles has become a major concern, but the EcoVerde range gives them a new lease of life! The bottles are collected, washed, sorted, and ground into flakes which are then depolymerised back into their original components. When this material is re-polymerised into chip form, extruded and drawn, it becomes a purified filament yarn from which EcoVerde recycled polyester sewing and embroidery threads are made.
Three versions of the thread have been produced: two designed for lockstitch and chain stitch derived stitch types, plus a trilobal version of EcoVerde recycled polyester, which has heightened lustre, for use in embroidery.
In addition to the recycled polyester range, Coats has its EcoVerde organic cotton sewing thread, made from the best quality Giza organic cotton staple fibre. This is available in an undyed state (for sewing post-dyed garments), or in a wide selection of colours using only dyestuffs certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard).