Indian firm to help Adidas reduce plastics in products
June 15, 2019 - India
Polygenta Technology Ltd in Maharashtra will help Adidas eliminate the use of virgin plastics in its products by 2024 by producing polyester filament yarn from discarded polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles at its Nashik factory. The firm, with a capacity to process 30 tonnes of bottles daily, plans to scale up to 100 tonnes a day in two years to meet demand.
Polygenta would be converting around 8 to 10 million bottles a day in a couple of years from now. The yarn produced by Polygenta, currently sent to Adidas’ manufacturing centres to be converted into sportswear, may also be tapped to potentially upcycle clothes made from polyester yarn, according to the firm’s chief marketing officer Makarand Kulkarni.
At present, the company recycles around two million bottles a day, according to Indian media reports.
Kulkarni said the PET material collection rate in India is nearly 80 per cent—among the best in the world—but a good portion of these bottles are downcycled, eliminating the possibility of further recycling.
Downcycling is reuse of waste in a manner that the recycled product is of lower value than the original material.
The upcycling process consumes 86 per cent less water and 75 per cent less energy than conventional manufacturing, but costs nearly 10 per cent more, Polygenta claims. (DS)