The PET bottles are processed at Reliance Industries’ plant at Barabanki through an extruder and transformed into tagged r-PET fibre
Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Limited (GHCL) is all set to launch a range of home textiles products based on health and wellness during the second fortnight of March.
RS Jalan, Managing Director, GHCL, told BusinessLinethat the company has, in recent months, launched a range of innovative products made with recycled polyester.
“Our range of bedding products have been designed to support the circular economy. It centres around “reduce, reuse and recycle”, reinforcing our passion for sustainability, traceability and innovation, besides giving something back to society.” The company has worked around branding the product. The Rekoop collection is the first bedding line to use 100 per cent source-verified recycled PET, as well as cotton-recycled PET blended products.
The PET bottles are processed at Reliance Industries’ plant at Barabanki through an extruder and transformed into tagged r-PET fibre. The fibre is then spun along with cotton to make cotton/polyester blended yarn at GHCL’s spinning facility in Madurai. The fabric is then woven, processed, cut and sewn into finished bedding products at its integrated home furnishings manufacturing plant in Vapi.
“A total of 36 bottles are used to make a single sheet set. By way of recycling PET bottles, the company has helped in the reduction of 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space, saved on consumption of crude oil by at least nine barrels and avoided carbon emission of up to 6.5 tonnes,” said Jalan. He added, “we have invested ₹13.50 billion in the textile business and look to invest another ₹3.50 billion in the next two years.”
“It is an integrated facility from spinning to weaving, dyeing, processing and printing. The finished products like sheets and duvets are primarily exported to the US and UK, Australia, Canada, Germany and other European countries.”
The annual production capacity at the Vapi plant was recently enhanced from 36 lakh metres to 45 lakh metres, he said. Home textiles business revenue has registered a 34 per cent growth in Q3 of 2019 fiscal to ₹324 crore as compared with ₹241 crore during the corresponding quarter of the earlier fiscal, due to higher volumes and better realisation.