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A look inside the innovative Cape company that turns plastic bottles into fibre

Carpets, car lining, fleece jackets, baby diaper lining, micro-fibre cloths and more were all once plastic bottles piled up at a waste dump, before Propet SA got their hands on them.

Director of Propet SA, Chandru Wadhwani explained how his company recycles plastic waste into fibre used to make polar fleece material.

The purpose of our business is to demonstrate to government that it's possible to see value in waste and to divert it from landfills.

Chandru Wadhwani, Director of Propet SA

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

It's quite remarkable that it all started with a plastic bottle that was discarded and the consumer didn't think about what was going to happen to it next.

Chandru Wadhwani, Director of Propet SA

The compressed bale below weighs about 340kg and represents about 15 000 PET bottles that have been turned into fibre.

So imagine how many bottles are recovered from landfills and cross through the warehouse floor....


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