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Coats launches Eco-B for reduced microfibre plastic pollution

Coats Group plc, the world’s leading industrial thread company, is taking a big step forward to reducing microfibre plastic pollution by launching its newest sustainable product Eco-B powered by CiCLO® technology.

Eco-B is a recycled polyester thread, incorporating an additive from CiCLO® to reduce synthetic fibre accumulation in landfills and oceans. The technology creates 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.

The launch of Eco-B is part of the Coats Eco Journey roadmap to produce innovative sustainable products, which support Coats’ drive towards a circular economy. The journey started with Coats EcoVerde in 2018, which is now one of the most comprehensive ranges of 100% recycled polyester threads, zips and trims on the market, and continued with Coats EcoRegen, a 100% lyocell thread that more closely matches the material of the garments, and Coats EcoCycle - one of the first water dissolvable threads of its kind.

Coats has developed three variations of Eco-B, as Epic Eco-B, Gramax Eco-B and Sylko Eco-B offering.

Sonya Manolova, Product Director, Apparel and Footwear, Coats, said: ‘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.’

Eco-B 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.

For further information please visit the Eco-B web page.

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For more information contact:
Ellen Johnson, Director of Brand and Communications
Ellen.Johnson@coats.com
M: +44 (0) 7721 237884

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About Coats

With over 250 years of heritage, Coats is the world’s leading industrial thread company. At home in some 50 countries, Coats has a workforce of over 17,000 people across six continents. Revenues in 2021 were US$1.5bn.

Coats provides complementary and value-adding products, services and software solutions to the apparel and footwear industries. It also applies innovative techniques to develop high technology performance materials threads, yarns, fabrics and composites in areas like personal protection, telecoms, energy, transportation, and household and recreation.

Headquartered in the UK, Coats is a constituent of the FTSE 250 and FTSE4Good Index Series. It is a participant in the UN Global Compact, a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has approved short term Science Based Targets to 2030 and is committed to developing a long-term target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, the highest level of ambition on climate change under the Science Based Target initiative.

The pioneering history and innovative culture of Coats enable the delivery of its purpose to connect talent, textiles and technology to make a better and more sustainable world.