Russo’s company, RePatriot Flag, creates environmentally responsible flags using Repreve recycled fiber made from 10 recycled water bottles. To date, RePatriot Flag has eliminated nearly 30,000 plastic bottles from landfills.
“While I was in Afghanistan, I flew every mission with a flag from my grandfather, which was originally given to him when he returned home from World War II,” said Russo, founder and managing director of RePatriot Flag. “After launching RePatriot Flag in 2013, I wanted service members to have a similar emotional connection, so I began sending my flags to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fact that my flags are eco-friendly, thanks to Repreve, and made in America are added bonuses that fit seamlessly into my mission of protecting and honoring our country.”
The company also donates a portion of its proceeds to support veteran organizations such as Operation Enduring Warrior and Team Red, White and Blue. RePatriot Flag donates one flag to every Team Red, White and Blue chapter nationwide, and offers discounts to both organizations. All veterans and first responders coast-to-coast are also eligible for discounts on purchases from RePatriot Flag.
“We are proud to be working with such an amazing organization that supports U.S. veterans and does so much to honor our country, while offering high-quality products that are American-made and environmentally conscious,” said Jay Hertwig, vice president of global brand sales, marketing and product development for Unifi, based in Greensboro, N.C.
“To me, the concept of recycled plastic bottles transforming into the RePatriot Flag makes our product the most patriotic American flag you can fly,” Russo added. “They are environmentally friendly, veteran-founded and focused, and 100 percent made in the United States.”
Repreve is Unifi’s flagship brand of recycled fibers, made from recycled materials, including plastic bottles. Repreve is found in products ranging from apparel and hosiery to automotive and industrial applications, and is used by some of the world’s leading brands, including Patagonia, Haggar, Quiksilver and Ford.