Unifi Inc., Greensboro, North Carolina, says it will introduce a new product and further expand another product. The new additions include Repreve cationic-dyeable polyester and expanded Repreve Our Ocean offerings.
Unifi says it continues to see strong interest in Repreve Our Ocean offerings since its launch as more customers are serious about reducing ocean plastics. Repreve Our Ocean is made with plastics collected within 50 kilometers of waterways or coastal areas in developing countries or regions, the company says in a news release.
“People around the globe are asking, ‘How can we save our oceans from plastic pollution?’ We listened and carefully designed meaningful processes to address this problem directly,” says Jay Hertwig, Unifi’s senior vice president of global brand sales. “We’re finding swimwear brands are particularly interested in Repreve Our Ocean, and we’re proud to provide a textile solution to help protect this critical ecosystem.”
In addition, Repreve cationic-dyeable now delivers 100 percent Repreve heathers and solids to the market. Offering deeper and brighter colors, as well as improved colorfastness, it can be used in a variety of constructions and across all market segments, from woven to knit to warp knit, the company says.
“We’ve worked diligently to develop a 100 percent Repreve replacement for virgin cationic-dyeable fibers that is globally available,” says Meredith Boyd, senior vice president of global innovation for Unifi. “The popularity of heathers in apparel is bigger than ever, and this new global product offering is a great example of how Unifi continues to offer innovative products that meet the aesthetic, performance and sustainability demands of consumers.”
Unifi is a global textile provider and an innovator in manufacturing synthetic and recycled performance fibers. Through Repreve, one of Unifi's proprietary technologies and the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, Unifi says it has transformed more than 18 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new apparel, footwear, home goods and other consumer products.