Zero water use, 28 PET bottles, an IIT connection… Story of PM Modi’s jacket


Prime minister Narendra Modi was seen in Parliament on Wednesday carrying a particular light-blue sleeveless ‘sadri’ jacket. The jacket is exclusive as a result of it’s product of recycled materials from discarded plastic bottles. It was introduced to PM by the Indian Oil Company through the inauguration of India Vitality Week in Bengaluru. ALSO READ: ‘You’ll get pleasure from studying this’: Modi shares Arunachal youth’s ‘day in PMO’

The Jacket donned by PM Modi is made by Ecoline clothes, a model of Shree Renga Polymers run by IITian Ok. Sankar and his son Senthil Sankar. Primarily based in Karur, Tamil Nadu, the corporate recycles PET bottles and upcycles them into value-added merchandise resembling clothes. Hindustan Occasions spoke to agency’s managing associate Senthil Sankar.

“IOC was looking for vendors who could convert PET bottles into finished garments. They contacted us because we possessed the necessary manufacturing capabilities and technical expertise. We had given them nine fabric options, from which prime minister chose the blue shade. That is what his team stitched and gave him, which he wore to Parliament yesterday,” says Sankar claiming that they’re the one ones in India doing this bottles to garment recycling course of. ALSO READ: ‘Those who feared…’: PM Modi’s veiled jibe at Rahul’s Bharat Jodo Yatra in J&Ok

How ‘Modi jacket’ is made?

The jacket worn by Prime Minister Modi is product of 28 Polyethylene Terephthalate, also called PET bottle. As a part of the process, bottles are gathered and sorted, and their caps and labels are eliminated. It’s then crushed, cleaned, and recycled in a 10-step course of to scrub sizzling wash flakes. These flakes are then used to make polyester fiber. And this fiber turns into yarn. Yarn turns into cloth and cloth turns into garment.

How sustainable is the method of turning PET bottles to garment?

In accordance with Sankar, the vitality required for this course of is way decrease than that required for the standard route, and CO2 emissions are additionally zero as a result of there is no such thing as a burning concerned within the course of. “We use a methodology called Dope dye technology which imparts dye in the matrix of the fiber as it’s made. So not a single drop of water is utilized for this.” He continues, “It’s the greenest and the most eco-friendly way of dying.” ALSO READ: Sustainable travelling: Learn how to make eco-friendly selections whereas on the go

On the query of whether or not he has any requests from the federal government to assist the trade, Sankar says that the expectations of the federal government have been greater than met by the PM’s single gesture. “Prime minister Modi didn’t say a single word about his garment in the Parliament, but just that one act of coming to the Parliament with that coat is more than enough.”


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