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Future of Rubber Thread: Going Green and Upcycling Your Used Threads

Like any other industry, the textile world continues to transform. Once a niche material, rubber threads are gaining traction for their functionality and potential to create exciting new possibilities. They have revolutionized how clothes fit on our bodies, expanded their use for activewear, and even increased the production efficiency of factories everywhere. However, with growing environmental concerns, the future of rubber thread hinges on its ability to embrace sustainability and eco-friendly practices.

There are many ways to implement sustainable practices from a sourcing standpoint. For instance, rubber production companies should be able to re-plant the trees they have cleared for harvesting. Another way is to plant rubber trees on low-quality degraded land and diversify plant types to create semi-natural forests. Rubber production actors can also choose to harvest sustainably without clearing natural forests and using harmful chemicals.

Four strips of white rubber threads
Photo (c) Omnimax

While responsible sourcing is crucial, responsible consumption is equally important. Consumers everywhere will need to be able to think creatively about how to recycle or upcycle used items. Here, we would like to discuss the possibility of a more sustainable approach to rubber production and how upcycling old items is possible.

The Green Rubber Revolution

While natural rubber is the preferred source material for rubber threads and all things elastic, mass harvests of the material could result in shortages over the years. In addition to this, efforts to replenish resources to increase sustainability have also been scarce. Thus, rubber companies need to focus their CSR initiatives on giving back to Earth to ensure sustainable resourcing and minimize environmental impact.

Another way to source materials is by recycling ready-made rubber items into raw materials. Companies, in this case, rubber thread companies, can and should recycle used tires or industrial waste into thread production. Used items are shredded using machines and frozen at sub-zero temperatures to ease the destruction process till it is ready for use.

A long white strip of rubber thread
Photo (c) Omnimax

Upcycling Rubber Threads

You don’t have to throw away used rubber thread products after the end of its life. You can easily upcycle them from home or send them to recycling centers near you. Should you choose the upcycle them by yourself, you can create small crafts like keychains, hair ties, or woven decorations for your house. Rubber looming and knitting are two popular methods for this.

If you have clothing made of rubber threads such as socks, stockings, or activewear that are no longer good for optimal use, you can use them to mend tears and reinforce seams in other clothing. You could even stitch together fabric scraps to make a quilt or a new pair of trousers for leisure. The key to upcycling is using the things you have and making them work.

By working together, we can ensure that rubber thread continues to push the boundaries of textile design while minimizing its environmental impact. Consider sustainable options when possible, and get creative with upcycling to prolong the lives of your beloved products.

Let us weave a more sustainable future using good quality rubber threads with long-lasting colors and elasticity from Omnimax by PT Cilatexindo Graha Alam (


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