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Govt workers to wear eco-friendly tropical fabric uniforms

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Feb '07
In order to reduce global warming, Government employees will wear uniforms created using tropical fabrics such as pineapple, banana and abaca. Production of garments from these fabrics is environment friendly.

Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) sources informed the media that post harvest, farmers abandon tree trunks whose decomposition releases gases like carbon dioxide and methane responsible for raising global warming. These trunks can be utilized to make textile materials.

Republic Act 9242, inked by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2004, prescribes uniforms made from Philippine's tropical fabrics for Government employees and public officials.

It is anticipated that 1.4 million Government servants will wear uniforms created from these fabrics which match PTRI standards. Consequently, employment opportunities could increase for garment workers, fibre converters and handloom weavers.

Uniforms must comprise minimum 5 percent abaca, pineapple or banana fibres by weight in addition to 15 percent silk.


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