Polartec, LLC and Unifi, Inc. have announced a new partnership introducing performance fabrics made with Repreve 100 that is formed from 100% post-consumer waste (clear plastic water bottles).

Polartec and Unifi have had great experience in the development of high performance recycled content yarns and fabrics. Previous collaborations have grown Polartec’s recycled product line from less than 1% of its total production to over 30% in the past four years. The introduction of Repreve 100 will enable Polartec to shift much more production to recycled content by 2011. Every pound of Repreve 100 yarn contains approximately 27 water bottles.

The transition to Repreve 100 will be transparent to consumers except for a new hangtag and joint marketing program highlighting the benefits of Polartec performance products with Repreve 100. The look, feel and performance of the new fabrics will be the same as virgin polyester fabrics.

—Melanie Gropler