National University of Singapore researchers are getting ready to file a patent for Aerogel made of recycled PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) plastic bottles.
Aerogel is a new kind of plastic byproduct which can resist heat and sound. Researchers claimed the material is soft, durable, flexible, very light and easy to handle.
Having 10 percent of weight, it can reportedly withstand temperatures about seven-times higher than a regular thermal lining which is widely used in firefighter's coat.
As per the U.N, about eight million tonnes of plastic waste dumped every year in the ocean, killing marine life and entering the human food chain.
This material can bring up many positive uses such as insulation, cleaning up oil spills besides making only firefighter's coat.
According to a study conducted on 2015, about 60 percent of plastic waste leaking into the ocean by China, Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand cumulatively.
Researchers said an A4-sized aerogel sheet can be produced using one recycled bottle and can be customized for various another type of use by adding surface treatment to enhance its ability to insulate and absorption property.