HIGH POINT, N.C. (November 20, 2020) ─ (NYSE: CULP) To celebrate National Recycling Day, Culp, Inc. and Unifi, Inc., two of the world’s leading innovative, local companies, got together to educate customers and employees on the process of turning plastic bottles into upholstery fabric.
In 2018, Culp’s Upholstery Fabrics division teamed up with Unifi, Inc. to develop a line of fabrics made with sustainability in mind.
The fabric, LiveSmart Evolve® is made with at least 30% or more of REPREVE® yarn, a high-quality polyester yarn made by Unifi from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. Each linear yard of fabric contains recycled materials equivalent in volume to approximately 9 standard sized, 500 ml plastic water bottles. Multiply that by the average number of yards used per chair, sofa, or sectional, and the environmental impact really adds up! Billions of plastic bottles go into landfills every year, and now LiveSmart Evolve® Powered by REPREVE® fabrics help divert plastics from landfills and create a more sustainable future for everyone.
Unifi’s REPREVE® mobile tour came to the Culp, Inc. world headquarters in High Point, NC during fall Showtime to celebrate National Recycling Day.
Another positive impact for the environment, is that, compared to producing standard polyester, producing REPREVE® polyester reduces water consumption by nearly 20%, reduces energy consumption by 45%, and cuts greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30%.
Iv Culp, president and chief executive officer of Culp, Inc., said, “We are continuing to see interest and demand from consumers for environmentally friendly fabrics in the home. Our LiveSmart Evolve fabric collection combines both sustainability and performance and has been a resounding success. The fabrics are fashionable, comfortable and affordable while also fulfilling the needs of the environmentally conscious consumer. We are proud to work with Unifi on this effort to help conserve our natural resources and be a part of positive change.”
About Culp, Inc:
Culp, Inc. (NYSE: CULP) is one of the world's largest marketers of mattress fabrics for bedding and upholstery fabrics for residential and commercial furniture. The company markets a variety of fabrics to its global customer base of leading bedding and furniture companies, including fabrics produced at Culp’s manufacturing facilities and fabrics sourced through other suppliers. Culp has operations located in the United States, Canada, Asia, and Haiti. For more information about Culp, Inc. visit www.CULP.com. LiveSmart Evolve® is a trademark of Culp, Inc.
Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI) is a global textile solutions provider and one of the world's leading innovators in manufacturing synthetic and recycled performance fibers. Through REPREVE®, one of Unifi's proprietary technologies and the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, Unifi has transformed more than 20 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new apparel, footwear, home goods and other consumer products. The Company's proprietary PROFIBER™ technologies offer increased performance, comfort and style advantages, enabling customers to develop products that perform, look and feel better. Unifi continually innovates technologies to meet consumer needs in moisture management, thermal regulation, antimicrobial, UV protection, stretch, water resistance and enhanced softness. Unifi collaborates with many of the world's most influential brands in the sports apparel, fashion, home, automotive and other industries. For more information about Unifi, visit www.Unifi.com.
Made by Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI), REPREVE® is the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, transforming more than 20 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new clothing, shoes, home goods and other consumer products. REPREVE is the earth-friendly solution to making consumers' favorite brands more environmentally responsible. Found in products from many of the world's leading brands, REPREVE fibers can also be enhanced with Unifi's proprietary technologies for increased performance and comfort. For more information about REPREVE, visit www.repreve.com. REPREVE® is a trademark of Unifi, Inc.