Unifi Inc., a Greensboro, N.C.-based producer of nylon and polyester yarn, has signed a agreement establishing a manufacturing and distribution relationship with Palmetto Synthetics, Kingstree, S.C., under which Palmetto will purchase and process Unifi’s Repreve recycled fiber into a staple fiber to be sold under the Repreve brand name.
“We have a shared vision with Unifi to provide the textile industry with high quality, innovative products, which led us to this supply relationship,” says David Poston, vice president of Palmetto Synthetics. “We have seen a big shift in inquiries for a domestically made recycled fiber, and this initiative with Unifi allows us to amplify our domestic efforts.”
Jay Hertwig, Unifi vice president of global branding, says, “Since 2007, we have continued to grow our product offering, helping to make REPREVE a leading brand of recycled fibers globally. As we expand our Repreve polymer chip sales, we are now in a position to enter into new market segments and will provide the industry with a transparent recycled solution.”
The products produced out of the Repreve recycled center are third-party certified for recycled content claims through Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), according to Unifi. Additionally, Unifi recently received the SCS Responsible Source certification, which confirms that Repreve products are responsibly produced and in compliance with environmental and social regulations.