Plastic waste is very toxic and non-biodegradable.
Plastic waste can affect the land, water, air and oceans.
HOW CAN WE TREAT PLASTIC BOTTLE WASTE ?
WHAT ARE THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF PLASTIC WASTE ?
- Plastics are toxic and non-biodegradable.
- Affects the quality of Groundwater.
- Air pollution due to burning of plastic which releases toxic gases.
- Very costly
- In addition to harm the plants and animals it takes millions of dollars to clean up the area where the waste is accumulated.
NOW, WHAT ARE AEROGELS ?
Aerogels are one of the lightest solid materials known today.
Aerogel ( also known as frozen smoke ) is a translucent, synthetic solid state substance with extremely low density and excellent thermal insulating properties.
The 2 most common types of Aerogels are derived from : –
Aerogel was used as an insulating material in Mars Rover.
ARE THERE ANY USE OF AEROGELS ?
Some other uses of Aerogels are as follows :-
- A component of toothpaste.
- Bullet proof armor.
- Thermally insulated windows.
- As an agent for removal of toxic materials from water.
Plastic bottles are made from PET ( Polyethylene Terephthalate ) which is the most recycled plastic in the world.
Scientists have developed a way to convert plastic bottle waste into flexible and durable aerogels which can be further used for various applications like for oil spilling cleaning.
It could be used for heat and sound insulator in buildings etc.
The PET Aerogels developed are usually very soft, flexible, durable, easy to handle and are very light.
They have a very strong absorption capacity and a demonstrative superior thermal insulation.
When coated with amine group, the PET group can quickly absorb CO2 from the environment.
In Urban cities the CO2 absorption masks and heat resistant jackets made using PET Aerogels can be placed alongside huge buildings to provide protection to the people who are living there so that they can get rid of there in case of fire.
In my opinion this is a great discovery to deal with plastic bottle wastes and this can help us to sustain a clean environment.
Actually i would like to ask you all that why should we use plastic bottles ?
Well it is important to use plastics as less as possible.
Even you all should minimize the use of plastics.
WHAT CAN WE USE INSTEAD OF PLASTICS ?
Instead of plastics you can use : –
- Paper cups
- Mud glasses ( also known as kullad in India which is often use to drink tea and water or lassi. )
Using such things which are environment friendly will surely help us and our environment to live long.