Unifi's Repreve plant.

Green fiber firm Unifi said it has appointed Helen M. Sahi as vice president of global corporate sustainability to help develop and drive sustainability initiatives for the company. Sahi will ensure that Unifi’s eco-oriented efforts are “evaluated through a robust set of metrics.”

Sahi has nearly three decades of experience, including helping sizable corporations such as Avery Dennison Corporation and Bank of America create and achieve sustainability goals, the company said. Unifi also noted Sahi’s successes in building partnerships with NGOs and other external organizations to advance their sustainability efforts. Sahi said that the firm “has a great sustainability story to tell” and that “Through their brand partnerships, Unifi’s Repreve has become the leading global branded recycled fiber with a goal of transforming 30 billion plastic bottles into fibers by 2022.” She added, “I have great respect for Unifi’s commitment to sustainable innovation and I am eager to start working closely with the team.”

Helen M. Sahi, Unifi’s vice president of global corporate sustainability. Photo courtesy of Unifi. 

And Richard Gerstein, executive vice president of global branded premium value-added products and chief marketing and innovation officer, said that Sahi’s background “includes significant responsibility and success in the technical, strategic and partnership aspects of sustainability policies and initiatives, and her vast experiences will help drive Unifi’s sustainability strategy and key programs across our global operations.”

Gerstein continued, “We look forward to Helen further developing our relationships with chief sustainability officers throughout the textile and apparel supply chain and advancing the use of sustainability metrics into our operations, product line management and innovation initiatives.”

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