A&E’s New REPREVE® Recycled Sewing Thread Targets Footwear And Non-Apparel Applications

MOUNT HOLLY, NC  – American & Efird (A&E), the world’s foremost manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, released Anefil Poly® using REPREVE®. Incorporating REPREVE fiber made from recycled drinking bottles, and available in a comprehensive color range, this sustainable, continuous-filament, polyester sewing thread provides manufacturers, brands, and retailers the ability to complete their respective non-apparel sustainability stories with the manufacturing of environmentally, responsible products.


“A&E recognized the lack of options for an eco-friendly, performance sewing thread,” said Chris Alt, Senior Vice President Sales. “A&E’s new Anefil Poly using REPREVE fills the need for sustainable sewing thread within a number of market segments including footwear, automotive, and outdoor products.”


Available in a wide range of color possibilities, this new eco-friendly thread product is ideal for the sewing of everything from automotive and footwear applications to luggage and handbags.


In addition to Anefil Poly using REPREVE, A&E has also formally introduced two new, innovative product offerings this month. The first is REPEL, a water repellency option for every sewing and embroidery thread, and specialty yarn A&E produces. The second, introduces a smaller thread size of Anefil™ Reflector, A&E’s reflective sewing thread, for sewing in embroidery applications.


Commitment to sustainability is an important and ongoing goal of A&E, and its latest achievements were recently detailed in its annual sustainability report. Some of these achievements include a 48% reduction of global water usage since 2006, 16 global manufacturing operations and support facilities reaching 100% Zero-Waste-to-Landfill status, and an 11% reduction of global carbon footprint since 2006. The full report is available to view and download at amefird.com/sustainability.


Learn more about A&E’s sustainable REPREVE products below –

Anefil Poly® using REPREVE® here. pdf-icon

Magic® using REPREVE® here. pdf-icon

Perma Core® using REPREVE® here. pdf-icon

Wildcat® using REPREVE® here. pdf-icon


For more information, please contact Jacob Blackburn at jacob.blackburn@amefird.com or 704.951.2645.

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Unifi, Inc. (NYSE:UFI) is a global textile solutions provider and one of the world’s leading innovators in manufacturing synthetic and recycled performance fibers. The Company’s proprietary technologies offer increased performance, comfort and style advantages, enabling customers to develop products that perform, look and feel better. Through REPREVE®, one of Unifi’s proprietary technologies and the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, Unifi has transformed more than 10 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new clothing, shoes, home goods and other consumer products. Unifi continually innovates to meet consumer needs in moisture management, thermal regulation, antimicrobial, UV protection, stretch, water repellency and enhanced softness. Unifi collaborates with many of the world’s most influential brands in the sports apparel, fashion, home, automotive and other industries, including New Era, Lands’ End, Levi’s, Target, Ford and more. For more information about Unifi, visit www.Unifi.com.



Made by Unifi, Inc. (NYSE:UFI), REPREVE® is the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, transforming more than 10 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new clothing, shoes, home goods and other consumer products. REPREVE is the earth-friendly solution to making consumers’ favorite brands more environmentally responsible. REPREVE fibers can also be enhanced with Unifi’s proprietary technologies for increased performance and comfort. For more information about REPREVE, visit www.REPREVE.com, and connect with REPREVE on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.



A&E is the world’s foremost manufacturer and distributor of premium quality industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles. Producers of apparel, automotive components, home furnishings, medical supplies, footwear and a diverse range of industrial products rely on A&E industrial sewing thread to manufacture their products. Customers select A&E as the preferred choice for industrial sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles because of A&E’s dedication to providing its customers with the finest products and services, at the highest quality, delivered globally. Through its global network, A&E’s products are manufactured in 21 countries, distributed in 50 countries and sold in over 100 countries. In addition to A&E’s steadfast commitment to superior quality and customer service, A&E is a recognized industry leader in environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility, and operates its global facilities with the utmost regard for the safety and health of its associates employed worldwide. A&E owns or operates 27 manufacturing facilities and employs over 10,000 associates around the world directly or in partnership with joint venture partners.


For more information, please visit www.amefird.com.