New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wearing a jacket may also become a national news on some days. Monday was one such day. While addressing parliament on February 8, PM Modi wore a blue-colored #Unbottled jacket. This special jacket was presented to him by Indian Oil's CMD SM Vaidya on the inauguration day of India Energy Week. The speciality of the jacket is that it has been made by recycling PET bottles by Indian Oil in the first of a kind endeavour.
In a statement Indian Oil said that the MNC is going to recycle over 100 million PET bottles every year to make uniforms for their on-ground teams and non-combat uniforms for the armed forces through its Unbottled initiative. "PM's endorsement has inspired us to expand Unbottled's green footprint in the coming days", CMD Vaidya said.
IOC has already committed to a net-zero emission target by 2046 and is now venturing into recycling PET bottles. Under this unique initiative, empty PET packaging discarded by the consumer is used that becomes PET waste. IOC will deploy an agency to collect such bottles and convert them into yarn to weave or knit fabric. This will then be supplied to a textile company for manufacturing uniforms for IOC's petrol pump attendants and LPG gas agency staff. IOC is the first Indian firm to directly venture into the recycling of PET bottles. Each set of uniforms will support the recycling of around 28 used PET bottles.
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 recycling about 405 tonnes of PET bottles, equivalent to offsetting over 20 million bottles yearly.