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Textile makers focus on sustainability with new materials, production processes

Leading textile producers are seeking new ways to ensure sustainability by not only introducing eco-friendly fabrics but also revamping their production processes. For instance, textile and thread manufacturer A&E, which makes sustainable threads in four variations, has launched a premium thread for apparel, Perma Core which provides strong colorfastness and sewability. The company’s newest addition to the range, Anefil Poly, is used for making footwear.

Similarly, industrial thread firm, Coats uses recycled materials for its range of bobbins. The new Ecobobs Y2 bobbin is performance-focused, promising to improve productivity by 10 percent due to precision winding and increased capacity. Developed specifically for footwear and accessory production, the bobbin also reduces thread waste by 20 percent.

Alongwith materials, brands are also updating their production practices. Fabric manufacturer Faytex has recently introduced an innovative process for waterless dyeing across several products. Faytex has expanded this process across its Dri-Lex Eco Line to promote water conservation.

Coats also aims to reduce its water usage by 40 percent by 2022. Meanwhile, A&E, in its 2017-’18 Sustainability Report, noted that it has reduced its carbon footprint per kilogram of thread by 11 percent since 2006.