PM Modi wears jacket made from plastic bottles

Ahead of his reply to the motion of thanks on the president’s address in the parliament, Prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, gave a style statement on sustainable fashion with his blue jacket, crafted by Indian Oil from recycled plastic bottles.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday wore a sleeveless jacket made of material recycled from plastic bottles to Parliament.The Prime Minister was seen wearing a light blue “sadri” jacket as he sat in the Rajya Sabha in the morning.

Polyethylene terephthalate, also called PET, is the name of a type of clear, strong , lightweight and 100% recyclable plastic.

Under its green initiative of Sustainable Garments, Indian oil makes garments from recycled PET bottles. Company’s flagship uniform brands for its employees, ‘unbottled’, was launched by Prime minister Narendra Modi during the India Energy week on Monday.

What Indian oil is doing?

As a part of making environment friendly uniforms and it’s target to become carbon neutral by 2046, the company has vowed to recycle 10 crore PET bottles. The company also announced to recycle as much as 100 million discarded mineral water, cold drink and other PET bottles annually to make eco-friendly uniforms for staff, reported PTI.

The company will recycle discarded plastic PET bottles to manufacture uniforms for retail customers attendants and LPG delivery personnel. Each set of the uniforms made by the company for its employees will help in recycling around 28 PET bottles, claims the company.

How PET bottle is transformed into garments?

For the utilisation of PET bottles and other plastic materials for making fibre, all the discarded bottles are first washed, dired and crushed into small chips. The uniform shaped tiny plastic chips are then heated and passed through the spinneret to turn into polyester staple fibre.

The integrated oil company has launched initiatives like sustainable clothing, solar cooker, etc to achieve the goal of environment protection by reducing carbon footprint. The PET recycling will help the company in reducing import burden of Fossils feedstock. PET recycling requires around 59% less energy for production compared to virgin PET ( made from fossil sources) and has around 79% lower carbon footprint. 

How unbottled will help in recycling polyester?

Apart from recycling PET bottles into employee’s uniforms, the company has planned to recycle polyester through its sustainable garments brand ‘unbottled’. Under this initiative, the company will make uniforms for the customer attendants of other oil marketing companies (OMCs), non-combat uniforms for army, uniforms/dresses for Institutions and sales to retail customers. 

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