U.S. Unifi’s Recyled Polyester gets first ever certificate of “Responsible Source” products”
Unifi Manufacturing Inc., a leading producer of multi-filament polyester, nylon textured yarns, and related raw materials, is the first manufacturer of its kind to earn Responsible SourceTM certification by SCS Global Services
The certification has been issued for Unifi’s REPREVE® products manufactured in the REPREVE Recycling Centre in Yadkinville, North Carolina (USA), and it raises the company’s profile as a sustainability leader in the textile industry, providing an enhanced level of transparency about its REPREVE products.
The Responsible SourceTM standard for the textiles sector, and developed by SCS Global Services, addresses supply chain and manufacturing issues related to the production of un-dyed recycled chips, pellets, and manufactured fibres. Certification is available to manufacturers who screen suppliers for compliance with local environmental regulations, enforce fair labour and workplace practices, and account for human health and environmental life cycle impacts. The certification enables manufacturers to sell inputs as “Responsible SourceTM certified”, and to promote themselves to downstream customers as a “Responsible Source”. The standard incorporates elements from ILO conventions, U.S. federal regulations, ISO standards and guidelines, as well as existing SCS standards.
Unfi is, as mentioned before, the first yarn manufacturer to achieve Responsible SourceTM certification, and has demonstrated that its REPREVE yarns and resins are manufactured in a manner which supports environmental and ethical responsibility. Unifi tracks energy and water consumption, water discharges, air emissions and hazardous waste disposal. It has robust material tracking and traceability mechanisms in place, and maintains strong relationships with its vendors and suppliers.As a part of thge certification process, Unifi’s environmental performance was measured in eight key impact categories, and the company established a supplier screening supply chain risk assessment framework.
SCS Global Services, formerly Scientific Certification Systems, has been – in its own wording – a global leader in third party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing and standards development for nearly thirty years. SCS programmes span a wide cross section of sectors, recognising exemplary performance in natural resource management, green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, retailing, etc.SCS is a Certified B CorporationTM, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practice.