American & Efird (A&E) the industrial textile manufacturer has launched a new recycled polyester sewing thread designed especially for athletic wear and high-performance apparel. The new air-entangled sewing thread is made with Repreve recycled polyester, a brand of US yarn supplier Unifi.
The thread is derived from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles and aims to provide textile manufacturers within the performance apparel, active wear, athleisure, and intimate apparel markets a recycled alternative to existing sewing threads.
The launch comes at the same time as the company has expanded its zero-waste-to-landfill facilities in the US to seventeen, with four more facilities expected to recycle 100 per cent of its waste in 2018.
The textile thread manufacturer achieved its initial targets for zero-waste-to-landfill in 2015 and has been converting more facilities since then. One T-shirt can be made using the new fiber derived directly from the recycling of only six plastic bottles. Unifi has recycled over four billion plastic bottles since the brand was launched and it now supplies materials to companies such as Ford, Patagonia and Fossil.
Unifi has blends of Repreve Permacore core-spun polyester thread and Wildcat textured polyester sewing thread.