Ecotec® Yarns Receive Global Recycle Standard Label

Ecotec® yarns are the first in the US to qualify for Control Union's rigorous independent, third-party GRS certification.

New York, NY, July 15, 2010 --( FildiUSA, the largest producer of recycled cotton yarn in North America, announces that Ecotec®, the company’s recycled cotton-blend yarns, have been granted Control Union’s Global Recycle Standard. The Global Recycle Standard validates both the yarns’ recycled content as well as the sustainable and socially responsible manner in which they are produced. Fildi is the first yarn company in the United States to earn this prestigious recognition.

“We are proud that our products and processes meet the very highest standards,” says Steven Usdan, president of FildiUSA. “With this critical GRS certification, our customers can be certain that when they use our Ecotec® yarns, they are truly making a positive impact on the world in which we live.” To date, environmentally responsible companies like Whole Foods and Rachel Roy have used Ecotec® yarns in their textile products.

Ecotec® recycled cotton-blend yarns are made from new, pre-consumer cotton textile scraps that would otherwise be discarded in landfills. The repurposed fabric scraps are collected from cutting operations, sorted by color, reprocessed, blended, and re-spun into yarns. Not only is landfill waste eliminated but, because the cotton fabric scraps are already colored, Ecotec® yarns can skip the dyeing process thus saving water and reducing environmental effluents. Repurposing the cotton fabric scraps also saves the land, water, and pesticides associated with growing new cotton.

“We’ve been making these high quality, Ecotec® recycled cotton-blend yarns for over a decade,” continues Usdan. “As consumers and manufacturers are drawn to the myriad benefits recycled yarns offer, our Ecotec® yarns will stand out for their excellent quality and cost effectiveness and now for their unique GRS certification.”

Ecotec® yarns are available in a full assortment of stock and custom colors, spinning counts, and blends. These exceptional yarns are ideal for making bright, durable knit and woven fabrics that can be used in apparel, home textiles, and a variety of applications. In addition to being GRS certified, Ecotec® yarns are also Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified to be free from more than 100 substances believed to be dangerous to human health.

For information about Ecotec’s recycled yarns, visit
GRS Certificate No: C814220GRS-01.210
Control Union Registration No: CU 814220

About FildiUSA
Established in 1957, Fildi is a manufacturer of high-quality, cost effective blend yarns. In addition to Ecotec, the company produces and distributes other silk, linen, cotton, rayon and wool blend yarns to knitters and weavers throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, Mexico and Canada. FildiUSA is headquartered in New York, NY. Manufacturing is located in Merida, Mexico.

Trish Martin