Recycling Just Got Easiercomments (4) September 30th, 2008
Coats and Clark recently announced the addition of two eco-friendly yarns in their line, Red Heart Eco-Cotton Blend and Red Heart Eco-Ways (acrylic blend). Both are made using recycled discarded materials (t-shirts for the cotton, and plastic for the acrylic blend). Coats and Clark scores some extra points by using recycled paper in the labels.
I've had a chance to work with both of these yarns and they are easy to work with. I'm especially fond of the cotton, which I used to make some nesting baskets for the current issue of Crochet Today magazine (see photo above). I also got my hands on some Eco-Ways for a project to be revealed in a future issue. Both yarns are a great value for the price, and if you're seeking those particular blends anyway, why not recycle while you're at it? You can go full circle and crochet some sturdy, reuseable shopping bags for holiday gifts.
I personally wondered aloud with my LYS owner about just how they turned t-shirts into yarn....so here's a bit more about how the cotton yarn is made, from Coats and Clark.
"Cloth scraps are collected from manufacturing plants (never touching a landfill), then chopped, blended and turned into fiber. Better yet, new dyes are not introduced to the cotton so fewer chemicals are used. "
If you're interested in learning more about Coat's Green Policy, click on "Environmental Statement" on their home page.