The COVID19 crisis caused a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and a dramatic increase of plastic waste. Therefore, Less plastic Thailand formed a team to tackle both problems at the same time by converting polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles into reusable PPE Suits. These suits can be rewashed up to 20 times, which help reduce infectious waste and equipment cost. More than 30,000 PPE suits were provided to 200 hospitals across the country and over 100,000 kgs of PET bottles were returned to the recycling system. 


At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, Less Plastic Thailand and our network alliances brainstormed and initiated 3 COVID-19 projects:

1) ROBOCovid : Raised funds for Chulalongkorn university to develop a remote assistance robot to take care of the patients (300K USD).

2) Ventilated Pneumask: Improve Pneumask by adding ventilated system.

3) PET to PPE Project : Turn plastic PET bottle into PPE suit, which has been the most successful in social engagement nationwide.



As PPE suits are no longer in high demand, we have shifted our focus to turning PET bottles into street sweeper garments instead. Learn more about our sister project BKK Magic Hands HERE