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PET pellets plant using recycled clothes planned in Dubai

Apr '19
PET pellets plant using recycled clothes planned in Dubai
A plant to manufacture PET pellets by breaking down old clothes and polyester and cotton fibre through a recycling process, is being planned in Dubai. With an initial estimated investment of $30 million, the plant will follow the public-private-partnership (PPP) approach to attract funds from businesses in the United Arab Emirates and use Japanese expertise.

This was announced at a panel discussion titled ‘How Sustainable is Sustainability?’ in Dubai recently organised by Blossom Trading, which imports Dishdasha and Kandoora materials from Japan to the Gulf Coordination Council, Iraq and Yemen markets, along with Itochu, one of Japan’s largest trading companies.

The event was held as part of a high-level Japanese delegation visiting Dubai to unveil a new revolutionary technology that manufactures resins using old recycled clothes rather than buying hydrocarbon-based pellets to create new fabric, according to Gulf media reports.

A pilot plant in Japan set up in 2017 has successfully used the technology to create PET pellets, which are then used to manufacture new fabric, explained Masaki Takao, chief executive officer of Japan Environmental Planning (JEPLAN).

JEPLAN’s technology is already being used by high-end retailers such as H&M for whom the Japanese company is making clothing by dissolving polyester fibre from used garb, purifying it and then turning it into a polyester resin that can be used again as raw material for polyester. (DS)

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