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RIL launches premium fabric from used PET bottles

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RIL launches premium fabric from used PET bottles

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), India’s largest private sector company, has announced the launch of a high quality premium fabrics - R|Elan™ GreenGold Ecocean extracted from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. - PolymerUpdate

As a part of its strategy to enhance sustainability, RIL has built substantial capacity in recycling of used PET bottles into high-quality branded polyester. RIL is the pioneer in India in making fibers out of used PET bottles. The company recycles over 2 billion PET bottles every year and plans to increase the recycling capacity year-on-year. RIL has announced to increase its PET bottles recycling capacity to 5 billion bottles per annum in a couple of years.

Emanating from irresponsible dumping in garbage bins, single use plastic like PET bottle has become a global challenge which chokes up drainage system and often finds its way into the sea. Such plastics bottles create air, water and soil pollution and also threatens marine life, creates ecological problems, releases obnoxious gasses which affect the ozone layer thereby causing global warming. Thus, fabric made out of recycling of used PET bottles, prevents ecological imbalance and also promotes a circular economy. RIL’s premium R|Elan™ GreenGold Ecocean fabric is a step in the right direction.

To make R|Elan™ GreenGold Ecocean fabric, 100 per cent used PET bottles are rescued before they reach and pollute the oceans. These are cleaned, crushed and converted into flakes. The flakes are then washed and converted into high quality fibers, yarns, and fabrics.

RIL statement

Many leading global brands have started preferring PET collected from beaches and shores that would otherwise end up in oceans, rivers, or lakes and have started using these to manufacture apparels and footwear from Ocean Bound plastics. Consumers are increasingly becoming more aware and sensitive to using eco-friendly products including in their apparels and accessories.

RIL has secured supply chains for collection of used PET bottles through OBP (ocean bound plastic) route and has introduced this new fabric. For a sustainable collection and supply to feed its recycling plant in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, RIL has set up 150 collection centres who in turn incentivize rag pickers for collecting used PET bottle.

A large part of the global population directly depends on the oceans for their livelihood. Most of the waste that is collected near oceans, which eventually enters water bodies, is coming from land-based sources. Waste PET bottles are one of the most visible component of ocean pollution with millions of tonnes of plastic entering the seas and oceans every year severely, affecting thereby marine life.

Hence, it is imperative that measures are taken at every level to control this pollution since protecting the planet is a global concern and our collective responsibility.

said the company statement

Meanwhile, RIL’s fabric manufacturing division in Barabanki has received a global recognition.
Ocean Bound Plastic is abandoned plastic waste located within the range of 50km from the shore in communities or areas where waste management is non-existent or very inefficient. This is important, since the probability of plastic waste reaching oceans increases with the proximity of rivers or shores.

Reliance has developed a wide range of GreenGold product portfolio that includes possibilities to combine sustainability with various functional benefits like moisture management, thermal management, all weather comfort and fibres that bio-mimic bio-degradation process.

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