REPREVE: sustainable multi-use fiber made from recycled water bottles

November 29, 2018 by  
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Single-use water bottles have become a target for environmentalists concerned about the amount of petroleum required for each bottle and the massive amounts of waste generated from their short lives. But in recent years, companies have begun to use tossed-aside plastic in new and exciting ways. REPREVE, a sustainable fiber created from 100 percent food-quality and BPA-free post-consumer plastic, has opened up the door to give companies new options when sourcing eco-friendly materials. While using  recycled fibers is not new in the manufacturing world, Unifi, a leading global textile solutions company and the producer of REPREVE, has refined a process that allows it to create multiple fibers from the same material including nylon, thread, polyester and other fibers. Related: Clothing made from recycled water bottles highlights the ongoing crisis in Flint Unifi completes the water bottle-to-fabric process in a few stages. Beginning with the water bottles returned by consumers, Unifi transfers them to a modern bottle processing center where they keep a quarter of a million water bottles out of the waste stream each hour. Once broken down into a fine material called flake, the flake is then sent to the REPREVE recycling center where it is blended, melted and turned into small chips that are stored onsite in large silos. Each silo holds the equivalent of 27 million water bottles. The manufacturing plant itself is dedicated to zero-waste production as well. Related: Ford to recycle 2 million plastic bottles into fabric for its Focus Electric Dozens of companies are on board with the idea of incorporating the REPREVE fibers into their products. Backpacks, socks, dog beds, cloth car seat covers, activewear, dress pants, jeans, swimwear, flags and heat wraps are just a few products donning the REPREVE symbol. Notable companies supporting the sustainable practices of REPREVE include PrAna, Patagonia, Roxy, Quicksilver, Lane Bryant, Fossil and Ford Motor Co. In fact, Unifi lists over 60 companies using its products on its website. This is no surprise, considering the versatility of the materials created through the process. “Unifi’s advanced performance technologies provide textile solutions like moisture wicking, stretch, water-repellency and enhanced softness. Our technologies can be combined with REPREVE to offer increased performance, comfort and style advantages, enabling customers to develop products that are good for the planet, plus truly perform, look and feel better,” said Kevin Hall, chairman and CEO of Unifi. “REPREVE® is an innovative brand of fibers, chip and flake that is made from 100 percent recycled materials, including plastic bottles,” Hall added. “REPREVE’s U Trust® Verification program is a comprehensive certification designed to provide customers with a higher level of transparency. Unifi’s proprietary FiberPrint® technology is used to analyze the fabric content and composition to determine if REPREVE is present and in the right amounts. REPREVE is also third party certified.” The company takes pride in a robust, full-cycle dedication to sustainability through obtaining the proper certifications. + Repreve Images via Unifi

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7 eco-friendly fabrics that dont sacrifice quality

January 22, 2017 by  
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Sustainability gets a bad rap in the fashion world according to Giusy Bettoni, CEO of the eco-textile consultancy C.L.A.S.S. She attributes this to the association the term has with “smelling like patchouli” and other less stylish treehugger-like activities. Fortunately, however, advancements in technology have brought big improvements to eco-friendly fabrics that could change the way designers approach sustainable fashion. Ecouterre rounded up seven eco-friendly fabrics that are luxurious and sustainable without sacrificing quality.

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5 Fall Jackets We Want Now

October 12, 2011 by  
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Photo: Nau After a record-setting summer of heat across most of the United States, it’s finally fall — which means you probably need a jacket. Whether you’re looking for a modern trench to take on your cool-weather travels, a cozy wool cape for chilly nights, a vintage-inspired pop of color, a casual anorak, or a go-anywhere blazer, these eco-friendly options have got you covered…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Wild and Woolly Fashion at Wool Modern

September 22, 2011 by  
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Photo: B. Alter, Sibling Wool Modern is a special show that showcases the best in fashion design in wool. It’s not part of London Fashion Week, or the London Design Festival but it should be. The designers included in the show have used the sustainable fibre in innovative and exciting ways for both clothing and furniture. Sculpted, knitted, draped, embroidered and knitted, this shows proves that “if silk is the queen, cotton … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Pollution From Cars Can Trigger a Heart Attack

September 22, 2011 by  
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Photo: Simone Ramella / cc While the sight of a hazy, smog filled cloud looming over the cityscape is certainly enough to break the heart of any would-be outdoorsman, it turns out that breathing in that pollution just might do so — quite literally. According to a recently published study from the British Medical Journal , the inhalation of vehicle emissions can actually increase the likelihood of a heart attack, even up to six hours after exposure…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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"If You Want to Save the Planet, Move to New York"

September 21, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: joiseyshowaa via Flickr/CC BY-SA Cities are the future. More than 50% of the globe’s population now lives in urban areas. By 2050, 70% will. In China, the most populous nation in the world, 120 cities have over 1 million residents. Some have over 20 million. This trend grants us some fantastic opportunities in improving worldwide sustainability, mostly because the population density of cities makes them more inherently efficient. Which is why Janette Sadik-Khan, the Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Transportation, pr… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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5 Gorgeous Scarves From Etsy to Smarten Up Your Fall Look

September 7, 2011 by  
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Photo: tocamade.etsy.com A lightweight scarf may just be fall’s most ideal accessory: Delicate enough to wear on unexpectedly sunny autumn days but a welcome layer when the sun goes down or the wind kicks up, they’re also an easy way to perk up simple fall outfits (from tees and blazers paired with jeans to no-fuss dresses worn with boots). We found five buy-it-now options on Etsy , where recycled, upcycled, and eco-friendly materials make these scarves a welcome addition to every green fashionista’s closet…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The Recycled Paper Dress That Gets Better with Wear (Photos)

August 20, 2011 by  
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The “Ready-to-wear-away” dress wears away as you wear it. Photo: Deborah Feingold On TreeHugger, we like to focus on fashion that is built to last but this unusual garment could hardly go down without a mention. Called the “Ready-to-wear-away” dress, it is more an artistic creation than a wearable dress. Though wearing is exactly what it takes to get the dress to reveal its hidden design. Read on:… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Vibrant Tanzanian Prints Meet Jersey Wear in Chichia for Made by Africa (Photos)

August 14, 2011 by  
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Chichia for Made by Africa, spring 2011. Photo: Not Just A Label From an Ethical Fashion Forum 2011 Innovation Award -winner Chichia London , comes a bright and bold collection of casual wear that merges vibrant, locally made traditional printed fabrics, known as Khangas, with Made by Africa ‘s jersey knit organic cottons. The result:

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Shabd Simon-Alexander Gives Spring 2011 Prints a Fresh Twist (Photos)

March 19, 2011 by  
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Shabd Simon-Alexander Spring 2011 collection. Photo: Shabd Simon-Alexander One look at Shabd Simon-Alexander ‘s Spring 2011 collection and it’s official: spring is in the air — and if you’re in New York, the weather agrees, too.

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