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Unifi Names REPREVE Champions of Sustainability

Gildan, HanesBrands, and Elevate Textiles were among the brands and textile partners recognized for their sustainability strides

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Unifi Inc., a maker of recycled and synthetic yarns, names the recipients of its fifth annual REPREVE Champions of Sustainability awards. According to the company, the awards recognize brand, textile, and retail partners that have demonstrated a true commitment to supporting a more sustainable world.

Unifi’s REPREVE Champions of Sustainability

The awards will be presented to 39 brand and retail partners that have transformed 10 million or more recycled plastic bottles and 53 textile partners that have transformed 50 million or more recycled plastic bottles through the use of REPREVE performance fibers.

Key highlights from the list of recipients:

  • Gildan and HanesBrands fall under the brand and retail winners category, with companies that transformed more than 10 million to 1 billion recycled bottles through the use of REPREVE fiber
  • Elevate Textiles falls under the textile partners category, with companies that recycled 50-200+ million bottles
  • Nike and Target transformed over 2 billion recycled plastic bottles
  • Polartec, Walmart, and Texhong Textile Group Limited each transformed over 1 billion bottles
  • This year’s recipients have helped turn a combined total of nearly 14 billion recycled plastic bottles into more sustainable products

“We are thrilled to announce the 2022 REPREVE Champions of Sustainability,” says Eddie Ingle, CEO of Unifi. “We applaud the demonstrated commitment to sustainability, which has allowed us to recycle more than 30 billion bottles to date.”

Unifi also recognized the following special category award winners:

  • Special Recognition Award: Mavi, a Turkey-based international apparel brand in the denim market with a focus on sustainability
  • Newcomer Award: Jiaxing Xinran Textile Co., a China-based company incorporating REPREVE in spandex-covered yarns
  • Partner in Innovation Award: Lucky Textile Mills Limited, a China-based textile mill creating sustainable fabrics that perform in both hot and cold weather
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Marie Fennema is the editor of the GRAPHICS PRO Daily, covering news and guidance in apparel decoration, awards and engraving, and sign and digital printing.

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