SUPER MATERIAL MADE USING PLASTIC BOTTLE WASTAGE
Scientist find out the way to convert wasted plastic bottle into flexible and durable aerogels that can be used for heat and sound insulation in buildings, oil spill cleaning and light-weight lining for firefighter coats and masks.
As we know that plastic is toxic and non-biodegradable, such waste ends up in oceans and landfills, affecting marine life and causing problems. Globally, the annual consumption of plastic bottle has been rising steadily.
“Plastic bottle waste is one of the most common type of plastic waste and has detrimental effects on the environment,” said Hai Minh Duong, an associate professor at National University of Singapore(NUS)
“Our team has developed a simple, cost-effective and green method to convert plastic bottle waste into PET aerogel for many exciting uses,” said Duong.
“One plastic bottle can be recycled to produce an A4-sized PET aerogel sheet. The fabrication technology is also easily salable for mass production. In this way, We can help cut down the harmful environmental damage caused by plastic waste,” he said.
The PET aerogels are soft, flexible, durable, and light weighted and easy to handle, due to these all properties this product’s having wide range of applications, such as heat and sound insulation in buildings, oil spill cleaning and lightweight lining for firefighter coats and carbon dioxide absorption masks.