Unifi Announces Recipients of 2nd Annual REPREVE® Champions of Sustainability Awards

Now in its second year, Unifi, Inc.’s (NYSE: UFI) 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. A list of award recipients can be found by visiting Unifi.com/champions.

“Together with our partners we can achieve our sustainability goals and make a real difference in the textile industry as a whole,” Hall added. “We’re on track to reach our goal of recycling 20 billion bottles by 2020 and 30 billion by 2022.”

Winners circle

In addition to the bottle awards and those in the Billion Bottle Circle, Unifi is also recognizing eleven special category award winners:

  • REPREVE Partners in Innovation recognizes companies using REPREVE in a way that’s unique to the market. This year’s winners are IKEA Range & Supply and KIPAS.
  • 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. League Apparel and General Motors are being recognized as this year’s winners.
  • REPREVE Newcomer recognizes key companies that started using REPREVE in the past year. Unifi is proud to recognize INDITEX, Lovesac and New Balance for this award.
  • REPREVE All-In recognizes companies that have integrated REPREVE into their entire product line from the beginning of the partnership. Sherpani and American Flora are winners for their commitment to using REPREVE.

Unifi will also be introducing a new Champions of Sustainability Leading the Change award, and the winner will be announced during a special event at the upcoming New York Fashion Week.

Brand and Retailer Bottle Awards

adidas

Aeropostale

Cone Denim

Ford Motor Company

Gildan Activewear, Inc.

Haggar Clothing Co.

Hanesbrands, Inc.

Haworth

H&M

IKEA Range & Supply

Jordache

Levi Strauss & Co.

Lindex

Momentum Textiles

NIKE

OKAIDI

Patagonia

Polartec

Quiksilver

Target

The North Face

Under Armour

VF Corporation

Volcom

Walmart

Williams-Sonoma, Inc.*

Textile Partner Bottle Awards

Antex Knitting Mills

Billion Rise

Burlington

Clarotex

Copen United

Darlington – A Moore Company

duvaltex

Freudenberg Performance Materials

Hamrick Mills

Hornwood, Inc.

Intradeco Apparel

Jiangyin Yuanwen Textile Co.

KUCUKCALIK

MAS Fabrics

Milliken & Company

Ningbo Shenzhou

Pettenati

Sage Automotive Interiors

Shanghai Challenge Textile

Suzhou Yunmei

Tainan

TEXHONG

Texpasa USA LLC

Textufil S.A.

TUNTEX

Valdese Weavers LLC

WUXI YGM TEXTILE CO., LTD*

Billion Bottle Circle

Nike

Polartec

Target

Special Category Awards

REPREVE Partners in Innovation

IKEA Range & Supply

Kipas

REPREVE Circular Economy

League Apparel

GM

REPREVE Newcomer

INDITEX

Lovesac

New Balance

REPREVE All-in

American Flora

Sherpani*

*New Champions of Sustainability

Sustainable awards

Sustainability awards should be sustainable. That's why 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 using glass recycled from local restaurants and bars, and sits on a base made from recycled aluminum and reclaimed wood.

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