GREENSBORO — Now in its second year, Unifi, Inc.’s Champions of Sustainability awards continue to recognize brands, retailers and textile partners that demonstrate the shared goal of making our planet a better place to live. This year, a total of 68 companies are being recognized as Champions of Sustainability — a 36-percent increase from last year’s total. Thanks to help from partners like these, Unifi has now recycled more than 14 billion bottles that are used to make its REPREVE performance fiber.
“The REPREVE Champions of Sustainability awards highlight our brand, retailer and textile partners that are committed to a better tomorrow through their use of REPREVE recycled performance fibers,” said Kevin Hall, Unifi’s CEO. “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 more eco-friendly products.”
REPREVE Champions of Sustainability will be awarded to 28 brand and retail partners that have each 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, through the inclusion of REPREVE performance fibers. Eight new brands and retailers join the list of winners this year, including Aeropostale, Patagonia and IKEA Range & Supply. In addition, 15 new textile partners have now each recycled 50 million or more bottles through their use of REPREVE in the fabrics they produce.
“Together with our partners we can achieve our sustainability goals and make a real difference in the textile industry as a whole,” Hall said. “We’re on track to reach our goal of recycling 20 billion bottles by 2020 and 30 billion by 2022.”
As part of its continued commitment to sustainability, Unifi has partnered with a local company to create the awards given to each company.
The Olio, a nonprofit organization based in Winston-Salem, focuses on teaching and empowerment through entrepreneurship, glassblowing, art and sustainable solutions. Each custom crafted award is blown by hand using glass recycled from local restaurants and bars, and sits on a base made from recycled aluminum and reclaimed wood.