Unifi's Repreve plant.

Unifi, a textile solutions provider, named the recipients of its inaugural Repreve Champions of Sustainability awards. Categories include Brand and Retailer Bottle awards, Textile Partner Bottle awards and Special Category awards, which honored 40 companies worldwide.

Unifi awarded 25 brands and retail partners that have used 10 million or more bottles and 15 textile partners that have used 50 million or more bottles through the use of its Repreve fiber. For its “special category awards,” Unifi recognized: “partners in innovation” that have used Repreve through a method that’s unique in the marketplace; companies that have implemented a closed-loop concept or adopted a “circular economy” business model; “newcomers,” or brands that have started to use Repreve in the last year, and “all-in,” which highlights companies that have integrated Repreve fibers in their entire product line from the start of the partnership, according to Unifi.

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Brands and retailers recognized for achievement in sustainability include Adidas, Levi Strauss & Co., Nike Inc., Target Corp., Under Armour and VF Corp. Among the textile partners, Burlington, MAS Fabrics, Intradeco Apparel and Tuntex were awarded for their efforts. The special category that recognized partners in innovation includes Cone Denim and Patagonia; circular economy companies like Steelcase and The North Face; newcomers, such as New Era Cap and Okaidi and all-in companies, an honor solely awarded to Kathmandu.

The Bottle Processing Center.

Unifi’s bottle processing center.  Steve Cash Photography

Kevin Hall, Unifi’s chairman and chief executive officer, said the company “created the Repreve Champions of Sustainability awards to recognize our brand and textile partners that have achieved plastic bottle recycling milestones as a result of their use of Repreve performance fibers. We are proud to honor companies that exemplify leadership in sustainability, and are among those that have contributed to the more than 10 billion bottles that Unifi has recycled so far. We look forward to recognizing even more companies in the future as we work toward our goal of recycling 30 billion bottles by 2022.”

Hall added, “more than 70 percent of plastic bottles in the United States end up in a landfill. By creating these awards, we hope to inspire designers, customers and consumers to continue to invest in sustainability, and that together, we can make everyday life better by transforming recycled plastic bottles into the products consumers use every day.”

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