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Sewing Thread Technology

Designers may brace themselves with glee because recycled threads are coming to market!

German thread maker Amann, with the new Lifecycle Threads brand name, distributed press releases to the trade last August.

Actually, the brand includes organic cotton as well. But the big news is the 100% recycled polyester collection that consist of a textured sewing thread, a multi-filament product, and an embroidery thread. Manufacturing is in accordance with Öko-Tex Standard 100.

The global company is seasoned and large, very capable of research and development to ensure their continued success with respect to our planet. They claim that their fresh water consumption for dyes was reduced by 40% and that 27% of its power requirement is acquired from its own hydro power plant. In the past six years, their energy consumption reveals a 20% reduction.

Lifecycle Threads is focused on the world of fashion. Yet Amann also develops threads for leather, technical applications, and the automotive industry. I like their key point mission: “Connecting ideas and passion for the perfect seam.”

The company reports an increase in automotive textiles while observing a growing demand for such recycled threads in aircraft construction. Sounding like a bright recycled future, eh?


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Written by Delia Montgomery

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