Uniforms From Bottles! Lindström India's Eco-Twist

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Lindström India, a leader in workwear and cleanroom services, is taking a big step towards a greener future.

They have introduced a new initiative: using recycled polyester from PET bottles in their workwear collection. This move aligns with Lindström's commitment to climate goals based on scientific research and their focus on environmental responsibility.

Here is how it works: PET bottles are sorted, cleaned, shredded into small flakes, melted, and purified. Then, these fibres are mixed with 35% cotton to create a fabric that's both comfortable and durable.

Ms. Anisha Mukherjee, Head of Procurement & Sustainability lead, Lindström India, said “The primary advantage of 65% recycled polyester/35% cotton fabric lies in its reduced environmental impact. By incorporating recycled polyester, which is derived from post-consumer plastic bottles, the production process helps divert plastic waste from landfills.

"This not only conserves resources but also diminishes the need for virgin polyester production, a process known for its high energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions”.

These fibres can be used for various textiles like clothing and upholstery. Recycling polyester lowers the demand for new materials and reduces the environmental impact. According to estimates, using recycled polyester could cut CO2 emissions by 30% compared to new polyester, and it also saves water. Plus, recycling keeps plastic bottles from polluting oceans and landfills.

Jayant Roy, Managing Director of Lindström India, says, "This 65:35 blend offers the best of both worlds – the natural comfort of cotton and the durability of polyester. The resulting fabric is not only soft and breathable but also resilient and long-lasting. This longevity contributes to reduced demand for replacement products, promoting a more sustainable approach to workwear and reducing overall textile waste”

Using recycled polyester saves a lot of energy compared to making new polyester, and adding cotton further reduces water usage.

Overall, this simple blend of recycled polyester and cotton creates a high-quality fabric that meets the demands of environmentally conscious consumers. It is a step towards a greener future.

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