Modi's Eco-Friendly Jacket Up for Sale in India
In Parliament, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore a jacket made from recycled plastic bottles. It will be made available in major cities within a three-month time frame.
Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) Chairman, SM Vaidya, announced at the India Energy Week 2023 in Bengaluru that the jacket worn by Prime Minister Modi in Parliament recently, made from recycled plastic bottles, will be available in major cities within three months.
At the India Energy Week 2023 in Bengaluru, Modi launched the "Unbottled" initiative of Indian Oil, which involves uniforms made from recycled plastic.
In an interview, the IOCL Chairman stated that the jacket made from recycled plastic waste bottles will be accessible to the public within three months. Oil marketing companies like IOCL, BPCL, and HPCL will sell the jacket at their retail stores.
The recycled product will not be limited to just oil marketing companies or military personnel, said Vaidya. He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a big statement by wearing the jacket and promoting plastic bottle waste recycling.
"While inaugurating India Energy Week Prohibited has given the mantra of reduce, reuse and recycle. This jacket is an example of how we can reduce fresh polymer consumption and promote recycling," Vaidya said.
Vaidya said that PM wearing such jackets will raise recycling to a new level.
"We had started the uniform made by used plastic bottles to spread this initiative. OMCs have a total of 70,000 outlets in India. We want to spread the message of recycling to every household. PM took this initiative to the next level," Vaidya added.
At the launch of the energy week event, Prime Minister Modi linked India's pursuit of green growth and energy transition with Indian values, where the circular economy is a fundamental aspect of every Indian's lifestyle and the principles of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle are deeply ingrained in the culture.
The Prime Minister stated that initiatives to recycle plastic bottles into uniforms will strengthen "Mission LiFE."
With the "Unbottled" brand, Indian Oil aims to provide a sustainable solution for garments made from recycled polyester. This brand will be utilised to meet the uniform needs of customer attendants from other oil marketing companies, non-combat uniforms for the military, uniforms and dresses for institutions, and retail sales to customers.
At the 2021 COP26 summit in Glasgow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a five-part "Panchamrit" pledge, which included an ambitious goal of reaching 500 GW of non-fossil electricity capacity and generating half of all energy needs from renewables, as well as reducing emissions by 1 billion tons by 2030.
India also has the objective of lowering the emissions intensity of its GDP by 45 per cent and ultimately achieving net-zero emissions by 2070.
It's worth mentioning that India banned several single-use plastics starting in July 2022. Single-use plastics are things that are only used once and then thrown away. They are not recycled.