AMANN is breaking new ground with the Cradle to Cradle certification. Cradle to Cradle Certified™, stands for a consistent, continuous recycling management, where no waste is generated, as the Cradle to Cradle® products are either used as biological nutrients in biological cycles, or they are continuously kept in technical cycles as technical nutrients.
We are proud that we can already offer our customers the first CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIEDTM GOLD sewing thread for the technical cycle from the LIFECYCLE line! Further products in the LIFECYCLE line will follow to enable our customers to have circular technical or biological material flows. Our sewing and embroidery threads from the RECYCLED line are made from 100% high-quality recycled materials and have almost the same quality features as our excellent range products, for instance in terms of breakings strength, abrasion resistance and sewability.
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Below, please find the press release on our CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIEDTM GOLD certification as well as on our new sustainable product range.
AMANN achieves Cradle to Cradle® certification at Gold level for its new sewing thread Lifecycle Polyamide
Boennigheim, 13th February, 2020
In January 2020, AMANN Group received the CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIEDTM GOLD certification for its new Lifecycle Polyamide sewing thread. Lifecycle Polyamide is the only certified thread specifically made for reuse via a technical cycle. Cradle to Cradle Certified is the world's most advanced science-based standard for safe, circular and responsible products.
As one of the most resource-intensive economy sectors, the textile industry is facing fundamental change. In order to stem the flood of global textile waste and to meet their responsibility towards the environment and people, textile manufacturers and fashion labels are increasingly relying on closed-loop recycling management according to the Cradle to Cradle® principles. Cradle to Cradle®, stands for products that are either used as biological nutrients in biological cycles, or that are continuously kept in technical cycles as technical nutrients.
For years, AMANN has been advancing products in order to make them more sustainable by using selected recycled and natural materials. With the recycled and Cradle to Cradle® certified sewing thread Lifecycle Polyamide, made from polyamide 6.0 continuous filament, AMANN positions itself on the market with a new product strategy.
Lifecycle Polyamide has been optimised in cooperation with the international environmental institute EPEA for recycling as raw material in the technical cycle. This means that AMANN has developed a product that 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. Since no materials that are harmful to health and the environment may be used in the production according to Cradle to Cradle®, AMANN does not use silicones and uses only compostable dyes for dyeing threads. This resource-saving procedure not only has a positive effect on the environment, but also on product quality. The new Lifecycle sewing thread has excellent strength properties and is extremely robust, abrasion-resistant and durable.
"The Cradle to Cradle® product certification evaluates the five categories material health, material reuse, use of renewable energies, water management and social responsibility", emphasises Jörg Bühler (Head of Quality Management) at AMANN. "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 CERTIFIEDTM GOLD sewing thread for the technical cycle 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", Jörg Bühler continued. All production sites in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Romania, Bangladesh, China and in Vietnam are equipped with the most modern, sustainable machinery and technologies.
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.