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UNC Athletics collects 12% more recycling material
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Jan '16
In its sustainability report, UNC Athletics has highlighted environmental efforts throughout campus, which includes a university wide 12 per cent increase in collected recycling materials.

Unifi, makers of Repreve had teamed up in 2014 to raise awareness among students, faculty, fans and alumni about recycling and how Unifi transforms plastic bottles into Repreve-based products.

According to a Unifi press release Repreve and UNC Athletics have recycled more than 250,000 plastic bottles through Repreve events alone.

The next event takes place January 30, as the Tar Heels men's basketball team takes on Boston College at the Smith Center.

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,” Cunningham added.

UNC Athletics said it 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 and use of reclaimed water for athletic fields, which is eventually expected to save 10 million gallons of potable water annually.

“The measure also includes installation of low-flow toilets that reduce water consumption by up to 30 per cent per flush,” the press release informed.

“We're proud to work with an athletics program 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, COO at Unifi.

“A recycled plastic bottle can be the beginning of something new when it's transformed by Repreve,” Berrier observed.

Repreve is a recycled fibre made from plastic bottles that can be found in many of the world's leading brands including Ford, Volcom, The North Face, Haggar and Oak Hall Cap & Gown.

Repreve is Unifi's flagship brand of recycled fibres made from recycled materials, including plastic bottles can be found in products ranging from apparel and hosiery to automotive and industrial applications.

Unifi is a multinational manufacturing company that produces and sells textured and other processed yarns designed to meet customer specifications, and premier value-added yarns with enhanced characteristics.

In addition to Repreve, other Unifi brands include Sorbtek, Reflexx, Aio, Satura, Augusta, A.M.Y., Mynx UV and Microvista. (AR)

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