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Kapil Bhatia, CEO & Founder, UNIREC
Kapil Bhatia, CEO & Founder, UNIREC
Kapil Bhatia is CEO and Founder of UNIREC - a sustainable apparel brand, where every product is produced using recycled plastic PET bottles thereby reducing the carbon footprint. A graduate of University of Mumbai, Kapil has been in the garment retail industry for two decades. His expertise lies in purchasing, retailing, logistics management, financial planning, production planning and customising client requirements.

Transforming Trash into Trend: Sustainable fabrics in men’s fashion

In the world of men’s fashion, a subtle revolution is underway—one that champions both style and sustainability. It is a movement where discarded plastic PET bottles find a new lease on life, transformed into chic attire for the modern man. This eco-conscious shift in the fashion industry not only addresses environmental concerns but also sets a precedent for responsible consumption.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, once destined for eternity in waste piles, have found a new purpose through recycling. Emerging as recycled PET, or rPET, these bottles undergo a metamorphosis, becoming the cornerstone of sustainable fabrics in men’s fashion. This transformation isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about reshaping the path of the fashion industry towards a more sustainable future.

The Process

The journey of a PET bottle from trash to fashion begins with meticulous sorting and cleaning. Once cleansed, these bottles are shredded into minuscule flakes, setting the stage for their rebirth. Through a process akin to transformation, these flakes are melted and spun into a polyester-like fiber, ready to be woven into fabric. This recycling process not only diverts plastic waste from landfills but also extends the lifecycle of plastic, reducing its environmental footprint.

Recycled PET fabric offers more than just sustainability—it boasts versatility and style. Fashion designers now have a wealth of options with rPET, whether blending it with organic cotton or utilizing it as a standalone material. From sleek activewear to refined formal attire and laid-back t-shirts, shirts, trousers, blazers/jackets, and other accessories, rPET fabrics cater to diverse tastes, proving that sustainability and style can go hand in hand.

Promoting Eco-Consciousness

Fashion is no longer just about trends; it is a platform for environmental advocacy, paving the way for a more sustainable future.

Leading the charge in this sustainable fashion movement are forward-thinking brands committed to minimising their environmental footprint. By incorporating rPET fabrics into their collections, these brands not only promote eco-consciousness but also inspire consumers to make mindful choices.

Benefits Beyond Aesthetics

The benefits of recycling PET bottles into fashion extend beyond aesthetics. Choosing garments made from recycled PET contributes to resource conservation, reduces energy consumption, and mitigates greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, it addresses the pressing issue of plastic pollution by diverting waste from landfills and oceans, fostering a circular economy.

With the global average consumption of plastic per person standing at approximately 28kg, and India ranking among the top 20 consumers with 11kg per person, the industrial use of plastic necessitates responsible disposal to avoid environmental harm. Plastic waste poses a significant threat to ecosystems, underscoring the importance of sustainable alternatives in all industries, including fashion.

The journey of PET bottles from waste to wardrobe is not just inspiring—it is a confirmation of the fashion industry’s evolving ethos. By using recycled PET fabrics, men’s fashion isn’t just making a statement; it’s leading the way to a greener future. Together, we can create a fashion industry that flourishes without harming the planet.

UNIREC, is one of India’s first sustainable brands producing clothing made from recycled PET bottles. The brand’s vision is to create a sustainable world, ensuring zero effect on climate and zero defects in the products manufactured. UNIREC’s product range includes formal jackets, sleeveless jackets, trousers, shirts, and t-shirts. The Mumbai based UNIREC currently sells via e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart.

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