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Jimtex Yarns Initiates Eco2cotton Brand

Spartanburg-based Martex Fiber Southern Corp.’s Jimtex Yarns division has introduced Eco2cotton™ brand yarns and fibers made from cotton knit cuttings discarded during the apparel cut and sew process. Through hang tags and in-store brochures, the branding campaign will educate consumers about the ecological benefits of apparel, home furnishing and other products using the yarns and fibers.

“Eco2cotton is a great sustainable option for textile manufacturers — one that reduces the need to grow crops that are traditionally water- and chemical-intensive,” said Stefanie Zeldin, brand manager, noting that use of the recycled, dyed cotton trimmings also reduces waste sent to landfills in addition to eliminating the need to dye the reprocessed yarn and fiber. “In bringing this innovative Eco2cotton brand to consumers, our company is taking a proactive role in fostering environmental responsibility through the marketplace.”

Philadelphia-based Jimtex produces the yarns and fibers by reprocessing and blending discarded apparel cuttings into fiber similar to new cotton, and then mixing that fiber with other fibers or re-spinning it into yarns. The Eco2cotton yarns come in a variety of colors as well as organic-looking heathers that are produced by blending pre-dyed fibers. They have been used in apparel, upholstery, handknitting, kitchen and bath products. The Eco2cotton fibers have had nonwoven, under-carpet pad, mattress, pillow fill, sponge and automotive sound insulation applications.



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