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A&E Taps Repreve for New Eco-Friendly Synthetic Thread

American & Efird is providing an eco-friendly sewing option for the apparel industry.

The U.S. sewing thread manufacturer launched Perma Core using Repreve, a recycled core spun industrial sewing thread made from repurposed materials.

Unifi, the makers of Repreve, regenerate plastic bottles into 100 percent recycled polyester fiber, which is then used in leading consumer products. Perma Core using Repreve brings together A&E’s quality polyester staple wrap and a recycled continuous filament polyester core to develop a high quality, sustainable industrial sewing thread.

“Perma Core using Repreve is extremely versatile and can be dyed, finished and delivered from any of A&E’s global manufacturing locations and is available across A&E’s global color range,” said A&E SVP of global sales Chris Alt. “The portability of this product is important to our global customers and prospects that are already incorporating Repreve fabrics into their products, allowing them to complete their sustainability efforts in a cost-efficient way, no matter where in the world they place their sewing production.”

With Perma Core using Repreve, brands and retailers can ensure consumers that their products are sewn with eco-friendly thread. Unifi’s U Trust program with Fiberprint technology verifies that Repreve recycled fibers and products made with Repreve are certifiably sustainable, transparent and traceable to their original source.

A&E is also committed to product sustainability. The company’s “10 Threads of Sustainability” platform features business growth objectives that combine environmental impact and social responsibility. This initiative, which includes eco-driven product stewardship and energy conservation, aligns with Unifi’s goal to empower brands to establish more sustainable supply chains using Repreve.