Repreve, made by Unifi Inc., received its first Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) scores.

The Higg MSI study confirmed that U.S.-manufactured Repreve reduced its “global warming potential by 21 percent compared to generic, mechanically-recycled polyester and 42 percent compared to conventional virgin polyester.” The Higg MSI global warming potential is related to greenhouse gases. Based on the score, “Repreve is verified to have a lower carbon footprint than comparable materials.”

“We continue to build on our commitment to transparency by having the results of our Repreve Life Cycle Assessment verified and accepted into the Higg MSI,” said James Cooper, Unifi sustainability manager. “Repreve, manufactured in the U.S., has a lower global warming potential than standard rPET, providing our customers with a verified pathway to lower their environmental impact and meet their sustainability goals.”

“At Unifi, we’re working today for the good of tomorrow, and these scores validate our belief that we are having a positive impact on the future through the growth of Repreve,” said Unifi CEO Eddie Ingle. “This assessment assures consumers and brands that by purchasing or using Repreve recycled fibers they are making a more conscious and sustainable impact on the present and the future. To our shareholders, this transparency reinforces our commitment to Repreve and the growth potential it has with consumers and brands as they increase their focus on sustainable alternatives.

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