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Plastic-Mixed Handmade Paper

Plastic-Mixed Handmade Paper:

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has secured Patent registration for its innovative Plastic-mixed Handmade Paper developed to reduce plastic menace from nature.

  • The plastic-mixed handmade paper (which is recyclable and eco-friendly) was developed under Project REPLAN (REducing PLAstic from Nature).
  • The project was launched in September 2018 as part of KVIC’s commitment to Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.
  • It aims to make carry bags by mixing processed and treated plastic waste with cotton fibre rags in the ratio 20:80.
  • This is the first of its kind project in India, where plastic waste is de-structured, degraded, diluted and used with paper pulp while making handmade paper and thus reduces plastic waste from nature.
  • The invention is aligned with the Prime Minister’s call for fighting the menace of single-use plastic.
  • The production of waste-plastic mixed handmade paper is likely to serve the twin objectives:
    • Protecting the environment
    • Creating sustainable employment
  • The technology developed by KVIC uses both high & low density waste polythene that not only adds extra strength to the paper but also reduces the cost by up to 34%.
  • KVIC has developed products such as carry bags, envelopes, files/folders, etc. using plastic mixed handmade paper.