BUSINESS: Unifi Reaches Key Sustainability Milestone Ahead Of Schedule

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GREENSBORO, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI), one of the world’s leading innovators in recycled and synthetic yarns, is celebrating a major sustainability milestone. The company has now transformed more than 30 billion post-consumer plastic bottles into its REPREVE recycled performance fibers that are used by hundreds of the world’s leading brands.

“Our brand and mill partners helped us achieve this ambitious goal,” said Unifi CEO Eddie Ingle. “By making the switch to sustainable by choosing to use REPREVE, we’ve been able to keep more than 30 billion plastic bottles out of landfills. We thank our customers for purchasing REPREVE products, which include apparel, home furnishings, and shoes. Together, we are working today for the good of tomorrow.”

Unifi began setting recycling goals in 2017 after hitting the 10 billion bottle milestone. The company pledged to transform 20 billion bottles by 2020 and 30 billion bottles by 2022. Company leaders are proud to have hit the 30 billion bottle milestone in November 2021.

To put this achievement into perspective:

When Unifi launched REPREVE, it was initially adopted by only two brands; now, more than 1,000 brands worldwide use the recycled performance fibers.
REPREVE Fiber sales are approaching 40% of Unifi’s total sales, with that number expected to continue to grow in the coming year.
30 billion bottles used to create REPREVE fiber, instead of the virgin equivalent, can save enough energy to power nearly 284,000 homes in the United States for one year.

“We’re committed to being an impactful change leader,” said James Cooper, Unifi sustainability manager. We expect companies to continue to switch to REPREVE. This will allow us to increase recycling rates, and give plastic bottles a second chance. As we look to the future, we will expand to additional brands and applications in addition to developing circular programs that allow existing textiles to be transformed into new textiles.”

About Unifi:

Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI) is a global textile solutions provider and one of the world’s leading innovators in manufacturing synthetic and recycled performance fibers. Through REPREVE(r), one of Unifi’s proprietary technologies and the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, Unifi has transformed more than 30 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new apparel, footwear, home goods and other consumer products. Unifi continues to innovate technologies to address consumer needs for moisture management, thermal regulation and antimicrobial protection. Unifi partners with some of the most prominent brands in sports apparel, fashion and home, as well as other industries. For more information about Unifi, visit www.Unifi.com.

About REPREVE(r):

Made by Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI), REPREVE(r) is the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, transforming more than 30 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new clothing, shoes, home goods and other consumer products. REPREVE makes it easy for consumers to make their favorite brands more eco-friendly. REPREVE fibers are found in many top brands around the globe. They can be enhanced with Unifi’s proprietary technologies to increase performance and comfort. For more information about REPREVE, visit www.repreve.com, and connect with REPREVE on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

REPREVE(r) is a trademark of Unifi, Inc.

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