At a textile factory in Rayong province, which normally produces fabrics for major global brands, plastic bottles are spun into large rolls. They are then woven into fabric that is treated to be water resistant.
Volunteers use this fabric to sew PPE sets that are supplied to hospitals and monks who work in cremating Covid-19 victims. Each PPE suit needs 18 plastic bottles.
Chakdaeng temple abbot, Phra Maha Pranom Dhammalangkaro, said: “There were times when it was very difficult to find PPE clothes. Sometimes we couldn’t buy it even with money. But now we can make it out of bottles. plastic is thrown away. So the trash now has value too.”
Since last year, about 18 million plastic bottles have been used to make PPE fabrics, according to the plant operator.
Although it has not yet met the official medical protective clothing standard, the abbot said that the PPE just now helps equip an extra layer of protection for those exposed to Covid-19, and is also beneficial for the environment.