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From Bottles To Carpets In Kabul

A manufacturing plant that turns discarded bottles and other plastics into artificial fibers has opened in Kabul. The Paktika Shaheen factory is Afghanistan's first producer of synthetic fibers, which can be used to make carpets and clothing. Set up with some $2 million in investments from the United States, the factory is expected to employ at least 300 workers, a number which could eventually double.

A worker at the Paktika Shaheen factory in Kabul
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A worker at the Paktika Shaheen factory in Kabul

Discarded plastic bottles are collected and recycled into artificial fiber.
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Discarded plastic bottles are collected and recycled into artificial fiber.

A worker watches as a machine spins out synthetic fibers.
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A worker watches as a machine spins out synthetic fibers.

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A worker stands among drums of spun fiber
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A worker stands among drums of spun fiber

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