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Union Minister of Textiles and Women & Child Development spoke at the award giving ceremony for winners of the Textile Grand Challenge 2019 organized by Ministry of Textiles.

Textile Grand Challenge 2019

  • The Textile Grand Challenge 2019 was organized by the Ministry of Textiles with the active support of National Jute Board and the Start-up India Team of the Department for Promotion of Industry & Industrial Trade (DPIIT).
  • The aim of organizing this historic event was to bring forward innovative ideas by start-ups/entrepreneurs for development of cost effective and low-weight carry bags using Jute Bio-mass, Jute Plant based bio-polymer and cotton fibre waste to phase out plastic bags.

It is also an initiative towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Makein India’ under which innovative solutions were sought for:

  1. Alternative to single use Plastic bags and
  2. Alternative to Multi-use Plastic bags, using domestically grown natural fibres viz; Jute and Cotton.

The ideas presented by the winners are unique and innovative, using jute bio-mass, jute starch based bio-polymer and cotton waste fibres to manufacture non-woven carry bags which are cost effective, low-weight and sturdy to carry grocery and shopped items.

The Ministry of Textiles has appealed to industry stalwarts to take forward the newly developed ideas & technologies for helping to set up new ventures for manufacturing such biodegradable and non-polluting bags and to help these new start-ups to promote and market such innovative products.

December 2023