Unifi Announces Recipients Of Inaugural REPREVE® Champions Of Sustainability Awards

GREENSBORO, N.C. — January 25, 2018 — To further commemorate its recent milestone of recycling 10 billion bottles, Unifi Inc. is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural REPREVE® Champions of Sustainability awards. These annual awards celebrate Unifi’s brand and textile partners that share in its commitment to sustainability and vision for a better tomorrow.

“Unifi 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,” said Kevin Hall, chairman and CEO, Unifi. “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.”

Repreve Champions of Sustainability will be awarded to 25 brand and retail partners that have each used the equivalent of 10 million or more bottles, and 15 textile partners that have each used the equivalent of 50 million or more bottles, through the use of Repreve fiber. A partial list of award recipients can be found by visiting Repreve.com/champions.

“More than 70 percent of plastic bottles in the United States end up in a landfill,” Hall explained. “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.”

An added spotlight on sustainability

In addition to the bottle awards, Unifi is also introducing four special category awards:

  • Repreve Partners in Innovation recognizes companies using Repreve in a way that’s unique to the market;
  • Repreve Circular Economy recognizes companies demonstrating best-in-class use of the closed loop concept, which aims to eliminate waste throughout the product life cycle;
  • Repreve Newcomer recognizes key companies that started using Repreve in the past year; and
  • Repreve All-In recognizes companies that integrated Repreve into their entire product line from the beginning of the partnership.

Even the awards are recycled

To craft the awards, Unifi partnered with The Olio, a nonprofit organization based in Winston-Salem, N.C., that focuses on teaching and empowerment through entrepreneurship, glassblowing, art and sustainable solutions. Each custom crafted award is blown by hand from glass recycled from local restaurants and bars, and sits on a base made from recycled aluminum and reclaimed wood.


Brand and Retailer Bottle Awards Textile Partner Bottle Awards Special Category Awards
Adidas Billion Rise Repreve Partners in Innovation
Ford Motor Company Burlington Cone Denim
H&M Darlington A Moore Company Lucky Textiles
Haggar Clothing Co. duvaltex Momentum Textiles
Hanesbrands Inc. Intradeco Apparel Patagonia®
Haworth MAS Fabrics
JCPenney Milliken & Company Repreve Circular Economy
Levi Strauss & Co. Ningbo Shenzhou Designtex
Lindex Pettenati Steelcase
Momentum Textiles Sage Automotive Interiors The North Face®
Perry Ellis International Shanghai Shenan Repreve Newcomer
Quiksilver Valdese Weavers LLC Okaidi
Under Armour Repreve All-in
VF Corp. Kathmandu
Williams-Sonoma Inc.


Posted January 25, 2018

Source: Unifi Inc.