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Trio of innovations from Unifi

Going beyond transaction-based certification and improving dyeing efficiencies.

25th January 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Greensboro, NC, USA

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Unifi will launch an enhanced supply chain certification process and two new products at Outdoor Retailer’s Winter Market, taking place from January 26-28, 2022, in Denver, Colorado.

The U Trust product certification allows brands to obtain an additional level of transparency for their products made with Repreve recycled fibres and builds on other Unifi certifications. As a complement to existing safeguards, it allows brands to aggregate multiple Repreve certified fabric components in a product and leverages a physical tracer – FiberPrint technology – that can be audited, proven and found in the product throughout its life.

“Our latest certification gives brands additional peace of mind that goes beyond what a purely transaction-based certification can provide,” said Jay Hertwig, Unifi’s senior vice president of commercialisation. “This certification’s credibility can be validated by external parties. The U Trust validator tool also introduces new functionality for corporate brands and retailers.”

Unifi is also launching Repreve SmartDye lower-temperature dyeable recycled polyester, which yields substantial energy savings and reduces cycle times when compared to standard polyester. Available in both fibre and filament form, Repreve SmartDye improves dye cycle efficiency and achieves up to 30% energy savings without compromising a fabric’s performance.

In addition, the company is launching Berry Compliant Knit Cord, a high-quality synthetic cord for comfortable ear loops for standard, surgical, KN95 and N95 respirator masks. It’s soft, durable and strong, and the product is packaged on yarn bobbins – not loose in boxes. Customisation is key for this product, as it’s available in nylon and polyester, multiple colours and patterns, and in a variety of sizes.

“We are listening to our customers and helping to meet their evolving needs through these innovations,” said Unifi CEO Eddie Ingle. “What makes Repreve different is that it’s transparent, traceable and certified, and we continue to expand on those attributes. We’re proud that our new products are sustainably made using our USA-based vertically integrated supply chain. This – along with our new certification – will enable our customers to continue to tell eco-friendly stories about their brands.”

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