Wearable waste: South Korea ramps up recycling to make clothes from plastic
04 June 2021 | 5:27 pm
South Korea is boosting efforts to recycle plastics in the country. At special centres, used PET bottles are recycled and transformed into products such as clothes, food containers, and cosmetic bottles.
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