Unifi Announces Textile Takeback Recycling Program

By Dustin Shrader, Managing Editor

November 28, 2022

Unifi Inc., Greensboro, North Carolina, has announced a major expansion of its pioneering Textile Takeback program, which is designed to collect and recycle polyester-based fabric waste, including both pre- and post-consumer fabrics, and transform it into REPREVE—the leading recycled performance fiber that powers top brands and sustainable goods worldwide.

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, according to the company. Through UNIFI’s proprietary process, the program transforms dyed and undyed polyester-based textile discards into recycled resin through a material conversion process. The recycled resin is then converted into REPREVE fiber or blended with recycled bottle material.

“UNIFI has always seen sustainability as a movement – not a moment,” says Eddie Ingle, CEO of UNIFI. “We are thrilled to expand Textile Takeback™ to provide our partners with a sustainable solution that helps to create a more circular supply chain for all.”

With REPREVE, UNIFI has transformed more than 35 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new apparel, footwear, home goods, and other consumer products. Textile Takeback will include an expanded global footprint and product application scope, making a sustainable solution for waste accessible to partners at scale.

“Finding new ways to help our partners meet their sustainability goals is always top of mind,” says Meredith Boyd, SVP of Technology, Innovation & Sustainability of UNIFI. “By expanding our Textile Takeback initiative, we are one step closer to shaping a future where waste is the exception—not the rule.”