SAMUT PRAKAN, Thailand, Sept 3 – With an abundance of plastic waste however a shortage of non-public protecting tools (PPE), Thailand is popping trash into treasure by upcycling bottles into protecting clothes for individuals prone to coronavirus an infection.
Thousands and thousands of plastic bottles have been collected, shredded and changed into threads to be weaved into materials ultimately used for PPE, both for hospitals or Buddhist temples, the place monks have been cremating coronavirus victims.
The hassle comes as Thailand has recorded greater than 1.1 million coronavirus infections and 12,000 deaths since April this yr.
“There are occasions the place it is vitally tough to pay money for PPE fits, typically even in case you have cash, you may’t purchase,” mentioned Phra Maha Pranom Dhammalangkaro, abbott of Chakdaeng temple in Samut Prakan province close to Bangkok.
“However now we’re making it out of upcycling plastic bottles, so what’s trash is now priceless.”
Temple volunteers have been stitching orange PPE fits for monks, undertakers and scavengers, and PPEs are being despatched to 1000’s of temples in want throughout the nation.
Although these are usually not medical-grade, they supply at the very least some safety for these doubtlessly uncovered to COVID-19, and one PPE swimsuit could be made utilizing solely 18 plastic bottles.
The material for the PPEs is being donated by a textile manufacturing unit in Rayong province, that normally makes materials utilized by some main international manufacturers. On the manufacturing unit, threads are created from recycled bottles and spun into a large roll, then weaved into cloth that will get handled to change into water-resistant.
“That is in order that it may stop particle mud from seeping by way of and the virus from coming into contact with us,” mentioned Arnuphap Chompuming, head of gross sales and advertising and marketing at textile agency Thai Taffeta, which operates the manufacturing unit east of Bangkok.
Some 18 million plastic bottles have been used because the center of final yr to make cloth for PPEs, which have been despatched to hospitals across the nation, he added.
The Chakdaeng temple abbot mentioned the upcycling undertaking was serving to to make sure extra individuals uncovered to the coronavirus have been protected, not solely medical professionals.
“We’re saving lives and the surroundings as properly,” he mentioned.