By Kathryn Sukalich on Sep 19, 2013

Inside Unifi, Where Old Plastic Becomes New Fabric

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Unifi, an innovative textile company, turns polyester waste like plastic bottles into recycled yarn. Photo: Unifi

Unifi, an innovative textile company, turns polyester waste like plastic bottles into recycled yarn. Photo: Unifi

We frequently hear about companies that have green initiatives and sustainable practices. But large companies are often unknowable, making their green practices seem like little more than nice gestures. At Earth911, we wanted to go inside a company that does its part to help the environment and meet some of the people whose jobs make a difference in the fight against waste.

Unifi recently made beanies for the X Games in Aspen, Colorado, using Repreve, its fabric made from recycled plastic. Photo: Unifi

Unifi recently made beanies for the X Games in Aspen, Colo., using Repreve, its fabric made from recycled plastic. Photo: Unifi

So, we got the inside scoop at Unifi, a North Carolina–based textile manufacturer that has been on the cutting edge of sustainability in the textile industry for years. Even if the name Unifi doesn’t ring a bell, you’re probably familiar with their recycled polyester yarn, called Repreve, which is found in everything from North Face jackets to swimming suits to high school graduation gowns. Keep reading to learn more about how employees at Unifi work to reduce waste.

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