RICHARD CRAVER, JOURNAL REPORTER, Winston-Salem Journal
Winston-Salem Journal (North Carolina)
May 5, 2011
Unifi Inc. hopes that its new $8 million Repreve recycling center will not only help sustain the company's return to profitability, but also set the standard for the textile industry.
On Monday, the Greensboro-based yarn manufacturer began running two extrusion lines around-the-clock at the 50,000-square-foot facility on its Yadkinville complex.
"Sustainability is a conscious commitment, and this center is a perfect example of how research and development and reinvestment can work for this industry in this country," Bill Jasper, the chairman and chief executive of Unifi, said Wednesday at the grand opening of the center.
At full production, the center expects to convert about 42 million pounds of recycled products a year -- 31 million pounds of post-consumer plastic bottles and 11 million pounds of post-industrial fiber and fabric waste -- into chips for use in its Repreve polyester yarn.
Reaching that level would result in 900 million plastic bottles being recycled and the equivalent of 16 million gallons of gasoline not being required to make virgin polyester and nylon, the company said.