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November 23, 2021

Unifi exceeds target of recycling over 30bn plastic bottles into fibres

Textile solutions company Unifi has announced it has transformed over 30bn post-consumer plastic bottles into its REPREVE recycled performance fibres as part of its sustainability goals.

By Laura Husband

Unifi set its recycling goals in 2017 after hitting the 10bn bottle milestone and has achieved its latest sustainability milestone of recycling 30bn post-consumer plastic bottles a year ahead of schedule.

The company is extremely proud of what it has achieved so far and explains that when Unifi launched its REPREVE recycled performance fibres, it was initially adopted by only two brands.

Today, over 1,000 brands worldwide use the recycled performance fibres and REPREVE fibre sales are approaching 40% of Unifi’s total sales with that number expected to continue to grow in the coming year.

The company points out that 30 billion bottles being used to create REPREVE fibre instead of the virgin equivalent, can save enough energy to power nearly 284,000 homes in the US for a whole year.

Unifi CEO Eddie Ingle explained: “Our brand and mill partners helped us achieve this ambitious goal.”

“By making the switch to sustainable by choosing to use REPREVE, we’ve been able to keep more than 30 billion plastic bottles out of landfills. We want to thank consumers for choosing to buy products—ranging from apparel to home furnishings to shoes—made with REPREVE. Together, we are working today for the good of tomorrow.”

Unifi’s sustainability manager James Cooper explained that Unifi is committed to leading the way when it comes to sustainability.

He said: “We anticipate companies will continue to make the switch to REPREVE, enabling us to increase recycling rates and giving plastic bottles a second life. As we look to the future, we will expand to additional brands and applications in addition to developing circular programs that allow existing textiles to be transformed into new textiles.”

Unifi is a global textile solutions provider of synthetic and recycled performance fibres. REPREVE is one of Unifi’s technologies, which transforms plastic bottles into recycled fibre that can be used for new apparel, footwear, home goods and other consumer products.

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