REPREVE: Recycling over 26 billion plastic bottles and counting

Day 198 – I first mentioned REPREVE back on Day 24, when I wrote about purchasing a new couch from Love Sac. The upholstery fabric is made from 100% REPREVE certified recycled yarns.

Unifi makes REPREVE and this is how they do it:

  1. Source Recycled Waste: Recycled plastic bottles and post-industrial waste (including our own) are collected worldwide.
  2. Make the Chip: Waste material is chopped, ground, washed, melted and reformulated into high-quality REPREVE chip.
  3. Form the Fiber: Chip is melted into liquid polymer and extruded through tiny openings in a spinneret, creating continuous filaments that form REPREVE fiber.
  4. Process the Yarn: Fiber becomes yarn through spinning and air-jet texturing.
  5. Ship to Customers: Finished yarn goes into fabricsmaking everyday products more sustainable.

Unifi created U TRUSTĀ® verification to certify the recycled content in products made with REPREVE. With their unique FiberPrintĀ® tracer technology, they can test partner products at any point in the supply chain to verify that REPREVE is being used properly. They’re not just finding new life for recycled materials. Compared to making what’s called virgin fiber, making REPREVE offsets using new petroleum, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and conserving water and energy in the process.

Some of the brands you know and love use REPREVE to make products you use every day. If you see this bottle count badge when you shop, your purchase makes a difference. Look for it!

Many familiar brands are using REPREVE; Gap, The North Face, Under Armour, Aeropostale and Levi Strauss & Co., to name just a few. You can find a list of brands using REPREVE in their products, HERE.

Billions of plastic bottles go into landfills every year. Thankfully, companies like Unifi has come up with a solution to divert a great deal of plastic from landfills and waterways. However, it doesn’t stop there. We need to do our part to limit, if not, stop all together, the use of single-use plastic. REPREVE is not the answer to the plastic pollution problem, it is just a piece to the puzzle.

Tomorrow, plastic free makeup.

Clothes, Part 3: Recycling when unfit for donation

Day 61 – You will have clothes with holes and stains and are just not acceptable for donation. What do you do then? I, like many others thought the trash was the only choice. Thankfully, there are a few options to keep those clothes out of the landfill.

Chicago Textile Recycling – Chicago Textile Recycling provides textile recycling outlets and fundraising opportunities for area organizations, businesses and municipalities. By collecting used clothing, shoes, and household items for reuse and recycling, Chicago Textile Recycling diverts over 2.5 million pounds of waste from area landfills annually. They are located at 250 N. Mannheim Rd. Unit B. Hillside, IL 60162. Click HERE to find s complete list of items they accept.

The North Face Stores – Their Clothes the Loop program encourages people to drop off unwanted clothing and footwear at The North Face Retail and Outlet Stores. Recycle your used apparel and footwear (any condition, any brand) at their stores and earn a $10 reward toward your next purchase of $100 or more at The North Face.

Blue Jeans Go Green – The Blue Jeans Go Green program collects denim (made from cotton) so that it can be recycled back to its natural fiber state and transformed into something new. Click HERE to find participating brands that will give you money or a percentage off your next purchase.

H&M Stores – Their Garment Collecting program has been a hit since 2013. They have recycling boxes in H&M stores across the globe. It works like this: 1. Take any unwanted clothes or textiles, by any brand and in any condition, to one of our stores. 2. Drop your bag of old clothes in our garment collecting box near the register and receive a 15% off coupon to use toward your next purchase.

Patagonia – They will recycle their own brand of clothing. All you have to do is drop it off at any Patagonia store.

So, the next time you come across a stained shirt or sock with holes, think twice before throwing them away. That piece of clothing has another life waiting to be had.

Tomorrow, is all about shoes.