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Repreve Maker Unifi Sets Major Expansion of Textile Takeback Program

Unifi Inc., a Greensboro, N. C.-based manufacturer of recycled and synthetic fibers and yarns, announced a major expansion of its innovative Textile Takeback program.

The initiative is designed to collect and recycle polyester-based fabric waste, including both pre- and post-consumer fabrics, and transform it into Repreve–a recycled performance fiber that powers top brands and sustainable goods worldwide. Initially piloted in 2011, Textile Takeback will include an expanded global footprint and product application scope, making a sustainable solution for waste accessible to partners at scale.

With millions of tons of textile waste discarded each year, Textile Takeback aims to transform the industry’s take-make-waste model by providing a sustainable way to recycle landfill-bound textiles and create new products. Through Unifi’s proprietary process, the company transforms dyed and undyed polyester-based textile discards into recycled resin through an innovative material conversion process.

The recycled resin is then converted into Repreve fiber or it may be blended with recycled bottle material to achieve desired specifications. The material then begins its life cycle again and avoids a trip to the landfill. By focusing on sustainable solutions that create a closed-loop circular system, Textile Takeback from Unifi serves as an actionable step toward addressing the industry’s waste footprint.

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“Unifi has always seen sustainability as a movement, not a moment,” said Eddie Ingle, CEO of UnifiI. “We are thrilled to expand Textile Takeback to provide our partners with a sustainable solution that helps to create a more circular supply chain for all.”

As the maker of Repreve, Unifi has transformed more than 35 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new apparel, footwear, home goods and other consumer products.

“Finding new ways to help our partners meet their sustainability goals is always top of mind,” said Meredith Boyd, senior vice president of technology, innovation and sustainability of Unifi. “By expanding our Textile Takeback initiative, we are one step closer to shaping a future where waste is the exception, not the rule.”

Repreve offers advanced fiber technology that delivers enhanced comfort, greater performance, superior durability and thermal regulation. Unifi’s U Trust product verification certifies transparency and traceability in Repreve. Unifi yarns and fibers feature moisture management, thermal regulation, antimicrobial protection, UV protection, stretch, water resistance and enhanced softness.