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July 27, 2021

Unifi’s recycled fibre Repreve receives first Higg scores

Repreve, the flagship recycled fibre brand of US fibre giant Unifi Inc, has received its first Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) scores.

By Michelle Russell

The Higg MSI study confirms that Unifi’s recycled fibre Repreve reduces the global warming potential by 21% compared to generic, mechanically-recycled polyester and 42% compared to conventional virgin polyester.

The Higg MSI global warming potential is related to greenhouse gases. Based on the score, Unifi’s recycled fibre Repreve is verified to have a lower carbon footprint than comparable materials. By using Repreve, organisations and consumers can greatly reduce their environmental impact compared to using generic rPET (recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate), one of the most commonly used plastics in the world, Unifi says.

Additionally, Repreve is said to be the only eco-performance fibre with U Trust verification to certify recycled content claims.

We continue to build on our commitment to transparency by having the results of our Repreve Life Cycle Assessment verified and accepted into the Higg MSI,” says James Cooper, Unifi sustainability manager. “ Repreve manufactured in the US has a lower global warming potential than standard rPET, providing our customers with a verified pathway to lower their environmental impact and meet their sustainability goals.”

The Higg MSI scores are used to communicate credible data about a product’s performance and validate sustainability progress. These results serve as a public scorecard for sharing the profile and data of a product’s environmental impact, which provides designers and consumers alike with information to make sustainability-based purchasing decisions.

At Unifi, we’re working today for the good of tomorrow, and these scores validate our belief that we are having a positive impact on the future through the growth of Repreve,” adds Unifi CEO Eddie Ingle. “This assessment assures consumers and brands that by purchasing or using Repreve recycled fibres, they are making a more conscious and sustainable impact on the present and the future. To our shareholders, this transparency reinforces our commitment to Repreve and the growth potential it has with consumers and brands as they increase their focus on sustainable alternatives.”

Last month, Unifi announced the winners of its Repreve Champions of Sustainability awards. This year, the Walmart and H&M have each transformed more than a half billion bottles through their use of Repreve, while VF Corporation and Levi Strauss & Co. have both now transformed more than 200m bottles.

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