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Planet Ark World Environment News Taiwan Recycles Plastic Into Clothing

Date: 06-Nov-09
Country: TAIWAN
Author: Nicky Loh

Taiwan Recycles Plastic Into Clothing Photo: 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.

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