Stretching The Purpose Of Unused Fabrics
In its pledge towards a sustainable future, Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) launched the “Recycle Your Clothes” programme, collecting a massive 40 tonnes of unused textiles from the public.
The programme, which aim is two-pronged - to combat global warming issues and landfills overflow is part of INSTEP’s collective efforts to reduce carbon emissions that resonates with the PETRONAS Sustainability Agenda, particularly the net zero carbon emissions (NZCE) aspiration by 2050.
The programme received an overwhelming response from the community, enabling the collection of 40 tonnes of unused textiles which include clothes, bags, belts, curtains, and blankets, in just five days instead of the actual plan five weeks. The collected textiles were sent to Life Line Clothing, a textile recycling company, for sorting and reproduction. The usable items will either be sold at second-hand clothing retails or exported to the developing countries in demand for inexpensive clothing, while the unusable ones will be reproduced as industrial wiping cloths or repurposed as blankets or processed into refused-derived fuel (RDF) for industries kilns.
The eventual profit from the sale and export of the recycled items goes to the National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA). As of October 2021, the textiles collected have contributed to an avoided emission of 70,139kg CO2 equivalent (CO2-e) to the environment, reduced average greenhouse gas emission (GHG) in Malaysia by 3,340 days, and avoided landfill cost of RM5,890.15 and 397 full wheelie bins of waste.