Recent, relevant news items on PET/ PET Recycling Officially launched at a special event at Pune: Shines the spotlight on the remarkable story of PET recycling in India

16 Feb 2017 A special event on ‘Understanding PET recycling in India’ was held at NCL-Venture Center in Pune on 16 Feb 2017. Over 100 scientists, academicians, students, social workers, representatives of NGOs, local bodies and plastics waste traders and recyclers attended the event and participated in the exciting, robust discussions on PET recycling and how to increase the recycle rate of PET in India. Prof. Ashwini Kumar Nangia, Director-NCL, officially launched this site ( during the event.

Media coverage, reports on the event:

Indian Express (17 Feb 2017)

The Times of India (17 Feb 2017)

Financial Express (18 Feb 2017)

Hindustan Times (19 Feb 2017)

Sakal Times (21 Feb 2017)

Sakal (21 Feb 2017)

Lokmat (21 Feb 2017)

Emirates now offers blankets made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles

Jan 17, 2017 Physics would suggest that covering yourself in plastic bottles may not seem like the ideal way to keep warm in an airplane cabin, but Emirates wants you to do exactly that. Today, it’s introducing new sustainable blankets made from 100 percent recycled bottles. The airline has partnered with Buzz, a creative agency, to offer ecothread blankets on all long-haul Emirates flights in economy class. Each blanket is spun from 28 plastic bottles that have been broken into tiny little chips, melted into liquid, then turned into yarn. More here

PET bottles to protect vehicles from stone throwers in Kashmir

January 03, 2017 Security forces in Kashmir are resorting to jugaad (situational improvisation) to protect their vehicles from stone-throwers. In a bid to add catapult effect to windows and doors, the well-netted Rakshak Gypsy, an armoured patrol car developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) mainly for internal security, has been cushioned with PET bottles beneath the net. “The iron-mesh mounted on the doors and windows has been cushioned with empty PET bottles to avoid damage to the window glasses when stone throwers come close to a vehicle. More here

Indian schoolboy designs toilet using water cans

  24 Dec 2016,Saturday Subik Pandian, a schoolboy from Tamil Nadu, has designed a toilet using 20-litre water cans to combat the foul smell near his school. The model includes an inverted cut-out can with attached pipes to drain out the waste. He worked with other students and a teacher to create the toilet, which has reportedly won an award for innovative design. More here

Dump your plastic bottle in smart bin, pocket freebies

Dec 23, 2016 NEW DELHI: Now throwing garbage in dustbins will get you freebies. Union minister Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated two ‘smart dustbins’ at Palika Bazaar on Thursday, under the smart city project of New Delhi Municipal Council.
In this, only plastic bottles/cans can be thrown in the smart bin and people will get coupons in return. NDMC secretary Chanchal Yadav said the council has installed a smart bin outside Palika Bazaar gate number 2 which is the first of its kind in the country. More here

Study reveals Germany’s success in PET bottle recycling

December 6, 2016 The country recycles its PET bottles at a rate in excess of 93%. Bottle deposits have ensured consistently high recycling rates for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles in Germany, according to a study commissioned by Forum PET within Bad Homburg, Germany-based IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen eV, a federal association representing the interests of plastic packaging and film manufacturing in Germany and Europe. More here

Indian Railways’ goes green: Installs bottle recycling machine at Mumbai’s Churchgate station

June 10, 2016 Giving a boost to PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ scheme, Indian Railways has put up a ‘Swachh Bharat Recycle Machine’, which is a bottle/can recycling machine at the Churchgate railway station in Mumbai. With this initiative used plastic water bottles on tracks may become a thing of the past. More here