Unifi : Major expansion of Textile Takeback

Major expansion of Textile Takeback

(Source: Unifi)
(Source: Unifi)

An initiative by Unifi is designed to collect and recycle polyester-based fabric waste, including both pre- and post-consumer fabrics, and transform it into a recycled performance fiber that powers top brands and sustainable goods worldwide.
Now the company has announced a major expansion of its innovative Textile Takeback program which recycles the waste into Repreve fiber.
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. Using the 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 Inc., Greensboro, NC/USA, serves as an actionable step towards addressing the industry’s waste footprint.
As the makers of Repreve, Unifi has transformed more than 35 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new apparel, footwear, home goods, and other consumer products. 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
Repreve = registered trademark
Textile Takeback = trademark

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