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Khadi Commission gets patent for new technology to convert plastic waste to paper

KVIC’s Unique Plastic-Mixed Handmade Paper gets Patent for Invention to Recycle Waste Plastic

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has been granted a patent for its innovative Plastic-mixed Handmade Paper which has been developed to reduce the menace of plastic in the environment, according to information provided by the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises

The patent certificate was issued to KVIC’s Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute (KNHPI), Jaipur, on August 2,  by the Controller of Patents, Intellectual Property of India.

The technology developed by KVIC uses both high and low density waste polythene that not only adds extra strength to the paper but also reduces the cost by up to 34%.

The product is recyclable and eco-friendly. KVIC has developed products such as carry bags, envelopes, folders, etc. using plastic mixed handmade paper. So far KVIC has sold over 13 lakh plastic mixed handmade paper carry bags utilizing nearly 40 metric tonnes of waste plastic of Jaipur city while generating revenue of nearly Rs 1.30 crore.

The plan for developing plastic-mixed handmade paper was first conceptualised in September 2018, and in just two months, i.e. in November 2018, the project was executed by the team of scientists at KNHPI.

The plastic-mixed handmade paper was developed under Project REPLAN (REducing PLAstic from Nature). 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.

Nearly 2640 handmade paper making units in the country under KVIC and State Khadi Boards have the potential of clearing approximately  3000 metric tonnes of waste plastic from nature every year. At the same time, it can also create thousands of new jobs like collection of waste plastic, cleaning and processing.

It is, therefore, an apt model of sustainable development. KVIC will also soon begin training entrepreneurs in making plastic mixed handmade paper and share technical know-how with the domestic paper industry.