Unifi Receives Prestigious UNC Sustainability Award


Things we love: AAPN members doing great things AND AAPN members being recognized for doing so. Today big congratulations go out to AAPN member Unifi, as the very first recipients of the 2018 UNC Sustainability Award from Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. The prestigious award recognizes leadership and best practices in environmental and business sustainability for North Carolina enterprises.

The Unifi team got to pick up their award at a special dinner staged last night.

UNC chose Unifi to receive the award because of the company’s strong history of commitment to sustainability, along with its strategic and thoughtful business practices. Criteria selection includes:

  • Initiative: The drive to act or take charge before others do.
  • Innovation: A new or novel idea, method, or approach.
  • Impact: To have a strong effect on someone or something.

“Unifi is a leader in sustainability among American-based companies,” said Brad Ives, UNC’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises and Chief Sustainability Officer.  “They have long been a leader in using recycled materials to manufacture their innovative yarns while showing that superior products do not need virgin materials. Likewise, their commitment to landfill-free manufacturing demonstrates a great environmental commitment to their local communities.  As a North Carolinian, I am immensely proud to have a forward-thinking company like Unifi headquartered here.”

And Unifi loves North Carolina too:

“At Unifi, we have a passion and commitment for developing sustainable performance solutions that go into products everyone can feel good about wearing and buying,” Hall said. “We are incredibly grateful for our partnership with UNC as we are recognized for best practices in sustainable enterprise.”

A trip to Unify was a part of our recent Carolina Mill tour and having seen Unify’s work – and the creation of their innovative REPREVE fabric first hand we have to say, UNC, you made the right choice.



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