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Tell us a bit about you?
I'm from Mumbai, born and bred. I have a recycling and upcycling company called Texool.
What does Texool do exactly?
We import waste material from America and Europe and turn it into new products. One part of Texool makes totes, pouches, shopping bags out of waste bed and table linen. The other part of our business pulps old synthetic and woollen pullovers and turns it back into yarn. We then export it to Africa where it's woven into blankets
How did you get into this field?
I spent 20 years working in the garment business, but it wasn't that profitable at the time. I was encouraged by my father to join his recycling business. Then about 5 years ago we realised we could start making products out of the big pieces of waste bed and table linen we were importing. You're not allowed to bring a full garment or bed sheet into India, so you have to cut it down to a certain size when it's imported.
What was your big break?
As we were starting out Cottonworld placed an order for 15,000 cash till bags a month
What do you like about waste?
It's the creativity. There's a lot of creative things you can do with waste.
What has the reaction in India been to your business
Indians have a recycling in their DNA, for example always passing clothes down generations. However, at the moment they want to know that it's a good product at a competitive price, there's not so much interest in our products' virtues. This is changing though.
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