UNC Athletics Releases Sustainability Report, Highlights Efforts with REPREVE®

Press Release | Januar 27, 2016

More Than 250,000 Bottles Have Been Recycled Through the 18-Month Collaboration

UNC Athletics released its sustainability report, highlighting environmental efforts throughout campus, including a university-wide 12 percent increase in collected recycling materials. North Carolina-based Unifi, Inc. (UFI: NYSE), makers of REPREVE®, teamed up with Carolina in 2014 to raise awareness among students, faculty, fans and alumni about recycling and how Unifi transforms plastic bottles into cool REPREVE-based products from some of the world's favorite brands. REPREVE and UNC Athletics have recycled more than 250,000 plastic bottles through REPREVE events alone.

The next event takes place Saturday, Jan. 30, as the Tar Heels men's basketball team takes on Boston College at the Smith Center at 4 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2. The student section will be given REPREVE t-shirts each made from 15 recycled plastic bottles, and the UNC cheerleaders, dance team and Tar Heel mascot, Rameses, will also don REPREVE green shirts.

“Our collaboration with REPREVE is a perfect representation of the university's commitment to sustainability,” said Bubba Cunningham, director of athletics at UNC. “The goals of Unifi and REPREVE's initiatives align seamlessly with ours as we work to continue increasing our green efforts across campus.”

UNC Athletics is committed to other sustainability initiatives in addition to its work with REPREVE, such as the reduction of energy and water use. Some of these measures include:

  • Increased number of recycling bins at athletic events
  • Use of reclaimed water for athletic fields, which is eventually expected to save 10 million gallons of potable water annually
  • Installation of low-flow toilets that reduce water consumption by up to 30 percent per flush

“We're proud to work with an athletics program like Carolina that has supported our green initiatives over the past few years, and helped us recycle more than 250,000 plastic bottles into new products,” said Roger Berrier, president and chief operating officer of Unifi, Inc. “A recycled plastic bottle can be the beginning of something new when it's transformed by REPREVE.”

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