Plastics is the most used and most abused substance in the current day and time. While PLASTICS has solved and changed the many ways we live, eat, drink, survive, remain healthy, get cured, travel, transport, build and sustain our lives, Some forms of PLASTICS are perceived as threats to the eco-system. Not because they cause harm but because they are misused harmfully. Packaging and PLASTIC waste generated from it has been widely topic discussed on GOOGLE. However the joke is on us, if we as makers of plastic are not vindictive enough to stand and talk proudly about how we can contribute to sustainability using the very product that provides us our livelihood. Hence with collective wisdom, the environment and plastic image committee came up with a thought – Do we speak words that SHOUT or Create ACTIONS that are LOUD.
Rather than talking too many words we stuck to four words :“AAO KuCH ALAG KARE”. Our submission was simple, if you segregate waste, like you separate your food, your clothes, your priorities and most importantly all activities of your life. Then the simple method of segregation can change the world around your not only for yourself, but for people who don’t have better means to live and most importantly, unknowingly every person by using social conscious can benefit another human being and in return protect our environment.
So we took up the challenge to find out which were the most talked about “so called pollutants”. To our surprise “PET Waste was one of the top 5 pollutants” as certified by various bodies and governments. We also found out that PET waste when recycled correctly can produce multiple plastic products of public consumption, one of them being Fabric.
• Twenty five PET bottles produce enough for one sweater.
• Six Pet bottles of one litre can clothe a child
• 1050 milk jugs can produce enough fiberfill for a sleeping bag.
• Nineteen bottles make enough fiber to make one square foot of carpet.
• Fourteen bottles yield enough fiberfill for a ski jacket.
• It takes 114 PET bottles to make enough fiberfill for a sleeping bag.
• 21 percent of recycled PET is used to make new plastic containers.
• 50 percent of all polyester carpet made in the Unites States is made from recycled PET
• 54 percent of recycled PET used to manufacture fiber for carpet and clothing
• 100 percent of PET is recyclable.
So while we first toyed with the idea of collecting waste during the expo and converting the same to T-shirts and educating our own plastic fraternity brethren. Our team hit up on the idea that talking to the very people who make PLASTICS Is not the answer, we wanted to be heard and understood by the outside world who think otherwise about PLASTICS.
So we decide that we will make this loud and clear and use the opportunity to Do something BIG with something very SMALL.
Our thoughts were simple. Lets make the world’s Largest T-shirt from 100 % recycled PLASTICS. Show it to the world that India can MAKE a positive impact, especially INDIAN PLASTICS And The APEX body of Indian PLASTICS- PLASTINDIA FOUNDATION.
Take this message to the world through a unique record. Document it. And then convert this Large Production into small pieces of actual fabric Tshirt and distribute it to under privileged children through various NGO foundations, thus laying a foot print and positive impression of what is the power of PLASTICS if used and disposed correctly. We want to end this first salvo of inspired living with a humble appeal to every civil society member. Whenever you drink from a PET bottle dispose it correctly because when you do you are contributing your part to cloth some fellow countryman in this country.
We managed to garner partners from the industry and most importantly found support from each founder member and managing committee member of Plastindia Foundation who believed in our thought and went ahead with our vision. If we have the right attitude and the correct belief, we can bring change
By getting this record certified we want to attract media and public attention, and leave a simple message, Just 12 bottles a month into segregated waste bin can clothe a person who does not have access to clothing.
Our Motto : AAO KuCH ALAG KARE : is to inspire people to think about plastics differently and segregate waste.
The Guinneess world record for “largest t-shirt” was made by PLASTINDIA FOUNDATION on 5th Jan 2018 in Mumbai to raise social and civic consciousness and educate people on the endless possibilities and opportunities that could be generated from simply discarding, segregating and recycling plastics waste correctly.
The largest t shirt which measured 96.86 m long x 69.77 m in width is made from 100 % Recycled PET Waste. Around 200,000 (1 liter) packaged drinking water bottles were recycled to create 4 ton of Fabric to build the “largest t-shirt”. It took 2400 man hours with 12 master tailors and 100 helpers to work in a 100000 sq feet warehouse to build the T-shirt.
The event was thrown open to public, media and environmentalists to raise public awareness on recycling and correct waste segregation. The Large T-Shirt is cut and converted to 10000 child size t-shirts to be distributed amongst under-privileged children from different NGO’s across India.
The Objective through the T-shirt was to make people believe that with a small act of responsible civic behavior can go a long way to make a difference to society and impact the society and the environment in a positive manner,
The Design of the Tshirt and Scaling, Stitching Process and Assembly of the whole fabric and its conversion into a GIANT – LARGEST TSHIRT was executed by International Knitwear Company, Mumbai headed by Ashish Gupta and idea conceived by Consumer Links
Our main supporters were Sushila Parmar Group, Manjushree Technopack, Plastindia 2018 Exhibition, Milacron and others. The President of Plastindia Foundation Shri KK Sekseria, the Chairman of Plastindia 2018 National Executive Council Shri Rajeev Chitalia, The Chairman of Environment Committee of Plastindia 2018 , Shri Atul Kanuga and the team put in efforts for the success of the project.