Sustainability alert: Unifi launches Our Ocean recycled fibers

Greensboro, North Carolina-based Unifi Inc. has launched a new sustainable product that it says enables customers and consumers to play a role in solving the problem of ocean plastic.  To deal with the root cause of ocean plastic, Our Ocean fiber is made from bottles collected within 50 kilometers of coastlines in countries or areas that lack formal waste or recycling systems, the company says in a news release.

"Our Ocean is a premium collection of fiber and resin sourced from bottles at high risk of entering in the ocean," says Jay Hertwig, group vice president of global branded sales for Unifi. “We have long cared for our air, land and natural resources by transforming billions of plastic bottles into Repreve recycled fiber. With Our Ocean, we offer a unique opportunity for brands to tell an ocean-focused story.”

Each year, at least 8.8 million tons of plastics make their way into the ocean, which is the equivalent of dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute. In addition, at least 80 percent of plastic flows into the oceans from land, and at current rates, there will be more plastic by weight than fish by 2050, according to the United Kingdom-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

“Forward-thinking brands that want to take a stronger stand in addressing ocean pollution and want to make an even more specific statement about protecting the environment now have a new option,” Hertwig says. Read Full Article - Recycling Today, July 12, 2019