Meet 17-year-old Aditya Banger who recycled 10 tonnes of plastic waste for producing fabric

Aditya claims that it has been helping to eradicate almost 10,000 kg of plastic waste since January 2021.

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Developing an idea for making the world better has no age limit as it is a collective responsibility of everyone. Following the same responsibility, a 17-year-old boy from Rajasthan, Aditya Banger, has applied an innovative idea for reducing plastic waste. The boy has started a company named Trash to Treasure that turns waste into the fabric. He belongs to a family, which runs a textile manufacturing business.

The 17-year-old boy went on a trip to China with his uncle when he was in 10th standard, with the purpose to import new fabrics manufacturing techniques in India. During the business trip, Aditya came across a unit that was converting massive amounts of waste into the fabric. This technique also created employment in the local area. After coming back to India, he shared the startup idea of producing fabric from plastic with his family. 

Listening to Aditya's idea, his uncle and parents agreed to back the venture and collaborated with a foreign company to set up a manufacturing unit in Bhilwara. The company produces fabric for Kanchan India Limited, a textile business company run by his parents. Aditya's venture now produces durable fabrics from PET-grade plastic and sells them further so that wearables and other products can be made out of them. 

The plastic waste for producing fabric is collected from local sources and households. It is thoroughly cleaned to get rid of all the adultering substances. After the cleansing process, it is chopped and melted into fine plastic filament. Later, the filament is mixed with cotton to produce high-quality fiber. 

Aditya claims that it has been helping to eradicate almost 10,000 kg of plastic waste since January 2021. He used to purchase the waste at Rs 40 per kilograms, which was not very cost-effective. Currently, the company has opened a portal for the general public who are keen to submit plastic waste.