Researcher of University of Queensland Australia. Scientist has developed a way to turn glass waste into everyday products. such as fertilizer, detergents and toothpaste. Scientists developed the way to extract liquid silicate from waste glass. According to researchers, it can be used to make a lot number of products, from concrete sealers and fertilizers to detergents and toothpaste.
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“We estimate the process is more than 50 per cent cheaper than conventional ways of producing silicate,” said Rhys Pirie, a PhD student at the University of Queensland.
“It requires less energy, raw materials and capital, and that’s before you consider the reduced social and economic costs compared to land-filling material,” Pirie said.
“My PhD has highlighted how we need to make use of both the raw materials in ‘waste’ streams and the energy embodied in them during manufacture,” said Pirie.