Unifi Earns UNC Sustainability Award

Unifi earns the 2018 University of North Carolina (UNC) Sustainability Award. 

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GREENSBORO, N.C.-Unifi earns the 2018 University of North Carolina (UNC) Sustainability Award from Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. The company holds the distinction as the inaugural business recipient of the 2018 award.

“Unifi is honored to be recognized by UNC as a leader in developing innovative, environmentally-friendly practices as part of our business model,” says Kevin Hall, CEO of Unifi. “We are proud to have partnered with the world’s leading brands to transform more than 10 billion bottles into performance fibers and are on track for 30 billion (bottles) by 2022.”

UNC says it chose Unifi because of its “strong history of commitment to sustainability, along with its strategic and thoughtful business practices.” The organization chooses recipients on criteria that include:
Initiative: The drive to act or take charge before others do.
Innovation: A new or novel idea, method, or approach.
Impact: To have a strong effect on someone or something.

L-R: Kevin Hall, CEO of Unifi; and Al Segars, faculty director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at UNC. (Image courtesy Unifi) 

“Unifi is a leader in sustainability among American-based companies,” states Brad Ives, associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises and chief sustainability officer at UNC. “They have long been a leader in using recycled materials to manufacture their innovative yarns while showing that superior products do not need virgin materials. Likewise, their commitment to landfill-free manufacturing demonstrates a great environmental commitment to their local communities. As a North Carolinian, I am immensely proud to have a forward-thinking company like Unifi headquartered here.”

While it operates multiple facilities worldwide, Unifi maintains a headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. Its proprietary product, REPREVE, a yarn manufactured from recycled bottles, has continued to gain momentum in various textile markets, including apparel. In the Fall of 2017, South Carolina-based Vapor Apparel unveiled an initiative to manufacture T-shirts made with the material.

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