In January 2020, Amann Group became the first sewing thread producer worldwide to receive the Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold certification for the technical cycle of its new Lifecycle product line.
Cradle to Cradle certified products are designed for complete composting (biological cycle) or pure recycling (technical cycle) and enable a consistently closed recycling management without any waste. The certifications main aim is to stem the flood of global textile waste.
The new Lifecycle product line is made from polyamide 6.0 continuous filament and has been created in co-operation with the international environmental institute EPEA for recycling as raw material in the technical cycle. This product guarantees maximum recyclability, does not consume any resources and that is characterised by particularly high quality at the same time. The raw material for Lifecycle Polyamide is obtained from recycled fishing nets and other textile waste.
No silicones have been used during production and only compostable dyes for dying threads have been used. The new Lifecycle Polyamide sewing thread has excellent strength properties and is extremely robust, abrasion-resistant and durable.
Jörg Bühler, global director quality management at Amann, said: “The Cradle to Cradle product certification evaluates the five categories material health, material reuse, use of renewable energies, water management and social responsibility.
“For us, this meant that all product components and production processes had to be designed according to the principle of a potentially infinite recycling management. Today we are proud to be the first sewing thread manufacturer worldwide to offer our customers the first Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold sewing thread from our Lifecycle range.
“Sustainability, as well as ecological, social thinking and acting have been embedded in Amann’s corporate philosophy from the very beginning.”
An extension of the Lifecycle product line is currently being implemented. In addition, it is also planned to develop compostable sewing threads made of natural raw materials for feeding into biological cycles.