In 2019, Savage Apparel Co. committed to greening their operations by introducing the GreenLine, a new generation of activewear made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. It was designed to be comfortable, lightweight, and durable for the rigors of life on the field, plus it's rated UPF50+ — the highest sun protection rating you can get.
With the XII Brands partnership, Five Ultimate will now share access to Savage's production partners, eventually transitioning to using recycled fabric developed specifically for their own catalog.
In addition, the goal is to move Five Ultimate's U.S. orders, which were previously produced overseas, to domestic production — at the XII headquarters in Richmond, Virginia. This means a drastically reduced carbon footprint for all domestic orders. Five and Savage are both working with partners in Canada, France, and the Philippines to produce international orders to reduce carbon emissions for global markets.
XII Brands is proud to partner with Unifi to create fabric catalogs specially formulated for Savage's and Five's customers. Unifi's REPREVE® is the world-leading brand of recycled performance fiber.
Partnering with Unifi and using its REPREVE® thread, Savage created a proprietary polyester fabric that is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. With mills in N.C., the GreenLine fabric goes from bottle to jersey in under 250 miles.
Being a member of XII Brands allows Five Ultimate to begin moving into using more sustainable and locally sourced products. Plans are in the works to transition to using recycled Electro and Triton fabrics by the Fall of 2020.
We're building relationships with production partners around the world to help reduce our environmental impact by decreasing shipping distances to our domestic and international customers.
XII has partnered with Unifi to create a fabric recycling program. Unused polyester fabric scraps along with customer-returned jerseys can be combined into our recycle program to be remade into recycled polyester.