India’s Lead Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) led the initiative, ‘Unbottled’ under which uniforms will be made by recycling around 28 PET bottles. This project is based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledge to phase out single-use plastic.
We will convert 100 million PET Bottles annually to make uniforms for our on-ground teams & non-combat uniforms for our armed forces. pic.twitter.com/aRoK3fXY7Y
— Indian Oil Corp Ltd (@IndianOilcl) February 6, 2023
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched three initiatives in the green energy sector during the inaugural India Energy Week where the Unbottled initiative was flagged off. the ‘Unbottled’ project of the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, under which Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles are recycled to produce yarn to knit fabric.
It’s very evident that India is adopting stricter measures for killing single-use plastic. Polluting single-use plastic production rose globally by 6 million tonnes per year from 2019 to 2021 despite tougher worldwide regulations, with producers making “little progress” to tackle the problem and boost recycling. India alone produces a humongous amount of single-use plastic waste and bottles lead the pack. This initiative is much needed today and Indian Oil Corporation leading this initiative guarantees serious outcomes.
The garment and fashion industry are right there when it comes to talking about pollution. India is a work-oriented country, which translates into high output for garments produced for individuals in various sectors who work day and night. The correlation between the two can bring a satisfactory green output for a sustainable living
Indian Oil Corporation will supply the uniforms to retail customer attendants and LPG delivery personnel made from a mixture of recycled PET and cotton. Indian Oil is taking this initiative further through ‘Unbottled’ by creating a brand for sustainable garments. Under this brand, Indian Oil targets to meet the requirement of uniforms for the customer attendants of other Oil Marketing Companies, non-combat uniforms for the Army, uniforms/ dresses for Institutions and sales to retail customers.
The dress materials for these uniforms have been extracted from recycled polyester derived from the processing of used and discarded PET bottles. This initiative would support the recycling of about 405 tonnes of PET bottles, equivalent to offsetting over 20 million bottles annually.
What Did The PM Say?
“India is one of the strongest voices in the world for energy transition and for developing new energy resources”, said PM Narendra Modi.
What Did Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Say?
The Union minister for petroleum and natural gas, Hardeep Singh Puri, stated the ‘Unbottled’ project aims at recycling 100 million PET bottles annually and will be the largest project in the world to reuse and recycle such bottles. “PET bottles will be converted to cloth for the frontline workers of Oil Marketing Companies, non-combat uniforms for Armed Forces and other institutions,” he said.
The future of green mobility!
PM Sh @narendramodi Ji flagged off Green Mobility Rally at @IndiaEnergyWeek to create public awareness for #green fuels such as E20, flex fuels, hydrogen fuels, CNG, & other fuels in the country.#IndiaEnergyWeek #IEW2023 @BSBommai @CMofKarnataka pic.twitter.com/sXqZMCehDo
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) February 6, 2023
PM Modi also launched ethanol-blended fuel E20, which will be available at 84 outlets in 11 states of the country. A Green Mobility Rally was also flagged off where vehicles running on green energy sources took part to create awareness of green fuel.