"Reaching 10bn bottles is an impressive milestone, and by committing to recycle an additional 20bn by 2022, we will continue to expand our portfolio of Repreve-based performance products," says CEO Kevin Hall

"Reaching 10bn bottles is an impressive milestone, and by committing to recycle an additional 20bn by 2022, we will continue to expand our portfolio of Repreve-based performance products," says CEO Kevin Hall

US yarn manufacturer Unifi has set itself a target to recycle 20bn plastic bottles by 2020 and 30bn by 2022, as it revealed it has recycled more than 10bn to date.

Set in honour of America Recycles Day yesterday (14 November), the target has been set alongside the launch of the Repreve Champions of Sustainability Awards to recognise customers who have partnered for the recycling achievement.

"Reaching 10bn bottles is an impressive milestone, and by committing to recycle an additional 20bn by 2022, we will continue to expand our portfolio of Repreve-based performance products," says Kevin Hall, CEO of Unifi. "With nearly 70% of plastic bottles in the US going to landfills, America Recycles Day is a perfect time to remind people to recycle more and buy sustainable products. Repreve provides a solution for plastic bottles as long as they make it to a recycling bin."

Unifi said it saw an opportunity to incorporate recycled plastic bottles into Repreve, as a sustainable solution for brands and retailers. The Awards will acknowledge those companies who Unifi says are committed to manufacturing sustainable products with Repreve performance fibers.

"Unifi could not have reached the 10bn bottle milestone without the commitment from our customers to provide earth-friendly products, and the Repreve Champions of Sustainability Awards give us the opportunity to thank our partners who helped make it possible," Hall adds. "A vast difference can be made if more companies recognise the impact they have on our planet and take steps to reduce it. The Awards are meant to honour and inspire companies to source responsibly and take sustainability strategies to the next level."