Twine & Cords

Rope Services Direct sell twine & cords which can be used for a variety of applications including as packaging materials, property restoration and craft and hobbies to name a few! If you are interested in finding out more about this equipment or would like to place an order, then you will find all of the relevant information listed below.

The difference between twine & cords

While the twine & cords essentially look the same and perform more-or-less the same function, there’s an important distinction between the two. Twine usually consists of several pieces of single strands of a material such as yarn which have been twisted together.

A cord, on the other hand, will consist of several multi-piled yarns which are then twisted and braided around each other in order to make the final cord product.  Sometimes the strands are braided together. This distinction creates a much more ‘rope-like’ effect in the cord with the double twisting. It essentially creates a mini rope that is smoother and a more uniformed finish than its twine counterpart. The double twist also results in a stronger product too.

polypropylene cord  polyester cord  nylon cord

polypropylene twine  sisal twine  poly twine  cotton twine

Types and uses.

There are many different twine and cord materials available including natural fibers such as jute and sisal and synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, polyester and nylon. These can be supplied in various widths and lengths, so just check exactly what you will need. We have listed more information on each type of material below. If you are looking for something stronger they take a look at our fibre ropes which are available in the same materials and more.


A natural fibre which is a little bulkier in nature. It has a high level of strength tenacity, as well as being a great insulator of heat. It also has a low level of thermal conductivity and is antistatic.

It is generally seen as quite a hard and ‘unattractive’ fibre, but the qualities that it possesses that we have listed above make it great for a range of more technical operations. It’s a highly environmentally friendly material given its 100% level of biodegradability.


Sisal is also a natural fibre, but with more of a plant-like nature. It is also a coarse material that has a low level of flexibility, but a high level of strength and durability. It can stretch easily and is resistant to water, particularly salt water. It’s also a great material to the environment.


Polypropylene is a synthetic, man-made material. It has a huge number of properties, such as: low density, high level of resistance to heat and chemicals, a stretchable nature, good level of strength and a good impact/rigidity balance.


Cotton cord is ideal for craft purposes due to its ability to be dyed to any required colour. It is also soft to handle with a little stretch. Cotton cord is also used for sash / blind cords, picture hanging tasks and packaging. More extreme uses include trapeze ropes.


Another man-made material which is also strong in nature. It’s extremely durable, and has a great level of resistance against things such as stretching, mildew, moisture, chemicals, abrasion and UV sunlight rays.


The final synthetic material that we stock here at Rope Services Direct. Nylon is also another tough material, and boasts a good level of resistance to chemicals and heat. It also has a good level of elasticity.

Order from us today

View our range of twine and cord below and call us on 01384 78004 to place an order. We hope that the above information has been useful in helping you to pick what the right kind of material may be for you, but if you would like to seek advice about which twine or cord would work best for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can also find a full list of our contact details here.