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Textile industry waste recycled by villagers
Jun '10
The domestic fishing community in Kubang Wungu, Central Java, is turning waste generated from textile industry in to boat-ropes.

There are about 65 home-based boat rope manufacturing factories in the village, with some hailing for generations and few others being new entrant in to the business.

Most of the home-workshops appoint about 15 labourers, most of which are women. Raw material to manufacture boat ropes is acquired from domestic and neighbouring textile firms.

According to a boat manufacturer, they have both male and female workers, but the male workers produce large ropes for boats. Female employees produce half-done ropes, which are then processed in to larger ones.

The process of boat-rope making involves, joining of waste fabric together and stretching it with the help of a bicycle wheel rotator. After repeating this process for four times, the labourers manufacture half-done boat ropes. Then four half-done boat ropes are braided together to generate one roll of boat rope.

Most fishermen opt for the domestically manufactured ropes, as they are easy to use and priced lower than other types of ropes available in the market.

For instance, a fisherman said that, Kubang Wungu produced boat ropes are cheaper than the plastic ropes available in the market shops and also these ropes provide comfortability while fishing.

Domestically manufactured boat ropes are priced at US $1.30 per kilogram as against the smaller and more slippery ropes, which are available for $2.40 per kilogram.

In addition, boat ropes produced from village factories, last for about three to four months, before they are replaced with new ones. The country has both, a huge fishing industry and longest coastline, the world over.

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