May 11, 2022

Coats EcoCycle threads allow easy disassembly


Coats, the global leader in industrial yarn, is calling on brands, manufacturers and industry recyclers to collaborate with it on a new concept of circularity that makes recycling end-of-life garments easier and more cost-effective.

The company launches EcoCycle, a range of water-soluble yarns to facilitate the dismantling of garments. Coats is now looking to expand its circular solution through collaboration at the design stage of the garment. As more and more industry players take responsibility for the entire lifecycle of their products, it’s critical that they incorporate the right yarns and applications early in the creation process.

“We call on industry players who want to play their part in end-of-life recycling in a meaningful way to work with us to incorporate it from the start of garment design,” said Sonya Manolova, Chief Product Officer for clothes and shoes at Coats. “Together, we can improve our current version of EcoCycle’s first-generation product to accelerate circularity for our industry.”

The textile industry consumes around 100 million tonnes of new fibers each year and around 90% of end-of-life textile fibers go directly into a waste stream – either incineration or landfill. Recycling has not increased in the fashion industry, mainly because most garments have various components made from a mixture of different materials and composites. The dismantling process is manual, laborious and expensive, but at the end of its life many fibers are reusable. About 25% of clothes are never even worn, with newly purchased items being placed in wardrobes and forgotten about, until eventually thrown into a waste stream without ever being used.

After centuries of designing and manufacturing yarns to hold garments together, Coats has revolutionized an element of its core product offering with the development of EcoCycle. The new yarn retains its durability for the life of the garment but when washed in an industrial machine at 95°C, the seams sewn with EcoCycle dissolve. This allows the garment to be easily and quickly disassembled by simply separating it so that the non-textile and textile components can be sorted for recycling.

“As an industry, we need to reset the basics in order to ensure circularity in the supply chain,” said Andrew Morgan, head of sustainability at Coats. “Sustainable innovation disrupts the design and development of products by first tackling the end of life, before knowing how to manufacture them.”

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