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Miracle Insulating Gel Created From Recycled Plastic Bottles


A research team in Singapore announced in November that they have created a multipurpose ultralight gel product from recycled plastic bottles.

The material is lighter, more flame retardant, and cheaper to produce than current insulating materials. It's range of uses is seemingly endless, from sound insulation to cleaning up oil spills.

As Asian countries have struggled to combat mounting piles of plastic waste, the team says their goal was to find a mass-producible solution to the problem.

The team has said they hope to begin mass producing the material for multiple uses in 2019. “In the future, my dream is that ... there will be no waste for me to recycle,” said Hai Minh Duong, an associate professor at the university’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Special thanks to FIRSTPOST for the original article: https://www.firstpost.com/tech/science/ultralight-aerogel-pellets-made-from-recycled-plastic-waste-has-a-range-of-uses-5652301.html

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