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October 27, 2022

Unifi, Hologenix partner on performance fibre for wellness

Global textile solutions provider Unifi has partnered with materials science firm Hologenix to launch a performance fibre from recycled materials with infrared wellness benefits.

By Michelle Russell

The Celliant with Repreve fibre by Unifi and Hologenix has the infrared properties of science-backed Celliant infrared technology and the sustainable footprint of recycled fibre Repreve. 

Celliant is a blend of IR-generating bioceramic minerals, which, when embedded into textiles, allows them to convert body heat into infrared energy, returning it to the body and temporarily increasing local circulation and cellular oxygenation. This aids in muscle recovery, increases endurance, and improves overall performance in healthy individuals, among other benefits, the companies say.

Repreve recycled performance fibre consists of fibres made from 100% recycled materials, including post-consumer plastic bottles and pre-consumer waste. It is also certified and traceable with UTrust verification and FiberPrint technology, to back up customers’ recycled claims.

Compared to virgin fibre, Repreve helps to offset the use of petroleum, emitting fewer greenhouse gasses and conserving water and energy in the process.

Celliant with Repreve’s official preferred North America knitting partner is Beverly Knits, one of the largest circular knitters in the US, developing fabric for all markets including intimate apparel, activewear, outdoor products, mattress and bedding, automotive, industrial and medical. The three-way partnership allows for the production of finished goods to take place within a 300-mile radius, from Celliant  mineral processing to final product.

Eddie Ingle, CEO of Unifi, said: “We’re excited that the infrared component of Celliant with Repreve provides enhanced health and wellness benefits and that we are expanding the use of sustainable fibre options that positively impact our planet, both now and in the future.”

Both Celliant and Repreve are key ingredients in brands across a number of sectors, from apparel and sportswear to upholstery fabric and more, so the partnership is expected to open an array of possible applications.

Earlier this year, Unifi launched an enhanced supply chain certification U Trust Product Certification which allows brands to obtain an additional level of transparency for their products made with Repreve recycled fibres.

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