Plastics Technology

NOV 2018

Plastics Technology - Dedicated to improving Plastics Processing.

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Fiber producer Unifi reinvents itself as a plastics recycler that turns PET bottles into recycled fibers. Recycling offers a new life to a used product. For Unifi, Greensboro, N.C, it also breathed new life into its business as a textile leader. Unifi (unifi.com) is a global textile provider and one of the world's leading innovators in manufacturing synthetic and recycled performance fibers. The company has 3000 employees with manufacturing facilities worldwide. Through Repreve, one of Unifi's proprietary technologies, Unifi has transformed more than 10 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new apparel, footwear, home goods and other consumer products. Building from that momentum, Unifi is targeting 20 billion bottles recycled by 2020 and 30 billion bottles by 2022. Repreve is a brand of recycled fiber and pelletized resin, made with up to 100% recycled materials including pre-consumer and post-consumer waste. Unifi works with brands such as Ford, Patagonia, Dockers, Haggar, New Balance and Quiksilver, from surfwear to outdoor gear to car interiors. Plastics Technology took a closer look at how this textile maker got into the recycling business. Recycling Breathes New Life into Textile Leader PET bottles await a new life as yarn at Unifi's bottle processing center in North Carolina. 36 NOVEMBER 2018 Plastics Technology PTonline.com On-Site By Heather Caliendo Senior Editor Unifi • Greensboro, N.C.

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