A total of 93 companies have been recognised as winners of the Repreve Champions of Sustainability awards, the most ever, by Unifi, leading innovators in recycled and synthetic yarns. The awards recognise brand, textile and retail partners which have demonstrated commitment to supporting a sustainable world. This is the fourth year of the awards.
This year, Walmart and H&M have each transformed more than a half billion bottles through their use of Repreve, while VF Corporation and Levi Strauss have both now transformed more than 200 million bottles.
Made by Unifi, Repreve is the global leader in branded recycled performance fibres, transforming more than 20 billion plastic bottles into recycled fibre for new clothing, shoes, home goods and other consumer products.
“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Unifi remains successful because of its customers,” said Unifi chief executive officer Eddie Ingle. “With a nearly 20 per cent increase in the number of winners from the previous year, our brand partners are demonstrating a steadfast commitment to sustainability. We want to thank them for their support for a more sustainable world during these unparalleled times.”
“The pandemic brought to light the fact that sustainability and taking steps towards a greener tomorrow are important now, more than ever,” said Jay Hertwig, senior vice president of Commercialisation at Unifi.
Repreve Champions of Sustainability will be awarded to 38 brand and retail partners that have transformed 10 million or more recycled plastic bottles, and 55 textile partners that have transformed 50 million or more recycled plastic bottles through the use of Repreve performance fibres. Unifi is also recognising three special category award winners: Repreve Newcomer, Repreve Partners in Innovation and Repreve Leading the Change.
“Odlo has shown a commitment to sustainability by switching to Repreve within the last year and could not be more deserving of the Newcomer Award,” Hertwig added. “We chose Penti, a leading Turkish retailer as the recipient of the Repreve Leading the Change award for its efforts to promote sustainability across its clothing line and stores. We hope these awards—and the programme as a whole—inspire more brands and retailers to expand their sustainability goals by choosing Repreve.”
Among the othe recipients are Aeropostale, Buff, Culp Home Fashions, Decathlon, Deckers, Ford, Gildan, Haggar, Hanesbrands, Haworth, H&M, Inditex, JCPenney and Jordache