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Fiber and textile solution firm Unifi announced the recipients of its second annual Repreve Champions of Sustainability Awards, which honors brands, retailers and textile partners committed to sustainable sourcing, the company said. Sixty-eight companies will be recognized as “Champions of Sustainability,” which is a 38 percent increase from last year’s total, according to the firm.

Unifi said it has now recycled more than 14 million bottles that are used to manufacture its Repreve performance fiber. Kevin Hall, Unifi’s chief executive officer, said the awards “highlight our brand, retailer and textile partners that are committed to a better tomorrow through their use of Repreve recycled performance fibers. This year, Nike and Target join Polartec in the Billion Bottle Circle for recycling more than one billion bottles each. Ford and H&M have each recycled more than a quarter of a billion bottles. Additionally, Adidas, Hanesbrands, Under Armour, Volcom, and Williams-Sonoma, Inc., are some of the brands that have reached new milestones. We’re encouraged that so many major brands, retailers, and textile partners are increasing their commitment to sustainability and that consumers are continuing to choose eco-friendlier products.”

Award recipients include 28 brand and retail partners that have independently used the equivalent of 10 million or more bottles and 29 textile partners that have each used the equivalent of 50 million or more bottles via the inclusion of Repreve performance fibers, the company said. And eight new brands and retailers made the list this year, including companies such as Aeropostale and Patagonia, in addition to 15 new textile partners that have each recycled 50 million or more bottles through their use of Repreve in their products.

Unifi also recognized 11 “special category” award winners across sectors including Partners in Innovation; Circular Economy; Newcomer, and All-in. In addition, the firm said that it will introduce a new Champions of Sustainability award called “Leading the Change,” with plans to announce the winner at a special event during New York Fashion Week.

Hall continued, “Together with our partners, we can achieve our sustainability goals and make a real difference in the textile industry as a whole. We’re on track to reach our goal of recycling 20 billion bottles by 2020 and 30 billion by 2022.”

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