Chinese textile company Vision Textiles, which makes fabrics from recycled pet bottles, is on an expansion drive in India.

“The initial reaction for products made from recycled pet (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles has been good in India, especially in the making of children’s school uniforms,” Founder and CEO Monique Maissan told BusinessLine via email.

The company, which sells garments under the Waste2Wear brand in India, is now in discussion with possible investors to scale up business in the country. It’s also looking for partners, she added.

Besides, Vision Textiles is setting up a new project – Waste2Weave in India. It is aimed at developing new fabrics and handloom techniques to empower women. “We are working with TARA looms in Delhi for this,” said the CEO.

She added the reaction her products get in different geographies varies. “In China, the Government is promoting ‘green’. So when the word ‘recycled’ is used, there is some hesitation among the consumers. But in Malaysia, the response for our products has been phenomenal.”

Vision Textiles has also entered Europe. “The initial response has been positive, but penetrating into the US has been tough. We started our Indian operations just a year-and-half back,” she said.

When BusinessLine caught up with Rajvanti S and PT Mani, Directors of Vision Textiles (India operations), at their garment making unit at Kalapatti in the suburbs of Coimbatore, the former displayed the entire product range, including sports wear, ladies dresses, upholstery and curtains.

The company sources yarn from units located elsewhere in India, blends it with cotton or polyester for making the fabric and ultimately stitching the garment, said Rajvanti.

“We ensure that the yarn is made from recycled pet bottles,” adds Mani.