Fiberactive Organics, a specialist in organic cotton thread manufacturing and distribution, has introduced Sewpure, which it is calling the strongest GOTS certified, organic cotton thread on the market.
“Sewpure is specifically designed for customers that have had to turn away from using organic cotton thread because of strength issues,” said company founder Julie Moore.
Both weights of Sewpure (it comes in multi-purpose Tex 40 and heavy-duty Tex 70 weights) are three-ply for durability, and are made of certified organic cotton grown and spun in India. Sewpure Tex 40 is strong enough for sportswear and home decor projects, while being thin enough for use in overlock, zig-zag and domestic sewing machines, while Tex 70 is strong and durable enough for jeans, outerwear, duffle bags and canvas products.
Fiberactive’s natural-colored Sewpure is completely untreated.
“Nothing has been done to the cotton beyond washing,” Moore said. “It’s perfect for manufacturers doing piece dyeing.”
For those who are looking for colored organic thread, Fiberactive will start the Sewpure brand with a short range of earthy hues and will expand the palette on demand. The company, based in Apex, North Carolina, also has the capability to produce custom colors from Pantone numbers or dyed-to-match swatches.
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Fiberactive Organics has been on the cutting edge of organic cotton sewing products for many years. In 2007, along with South Carolina’s YLI Corp., Fiberactive Organics brought to market its first organic cotton thread, Fiberactive Natural, a Tex 30 natural colored, organic cotton thread spun in Peru. Fiberactive then became the North American distributor of Scanfil, a Tex 35 organic cotton thread spun in the Netherlands and finished in 34 colors.
Sewpure is more robust than their other brands, Moore noted, adding, “Sewpure fills a huge gap in what we could offer the sewing market.”
In order to implement Fiberactive’s core values, to protect the environment and provide good conditions for textile workers and their families, Sewpure is put up on recyclable plastic cones and recycled content cardboard tubes, and is packaged in compostable, vegetable-based plastic.
“It’s not enough to make organic cotton thread,” Moore said. “If we’re generating plastic trash and greenhouse gasses in order to bring that thread to our customers, we’re not doing the whole job. Being sustainable involves every part of every product, and how it’s made and how it’s shipped.”