Taiwan Recycles Plastic Into Clothing
Author: Nicky Loh
Photo: Nicky Loh
Daai Technology Chairman Walter Huang poses with scarves made from recycled plastic bottles at the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation building after a news conference in Taipei November 4, 2009.
A plastic bottle thrown into a Taipei recycling bin could be reincarnated as a blanket to warm disaster victims in any of 20 countries, thanks to a unique project by the world's largest Buddhist charity.
The Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has been taking plastic bottles from the waste stream of Taipei, a city of 2.6 million, for three years to convert them into about 244,000 polyester blankets intended for disaster zones.