12th Asia Pacific Conference on Polymer Science and Engineering
Dr. Khubab Shaker
National Textile University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Title: Sustainable polymeric composites: an emerging trend for waste management
Biography: Dr. Khubab Shaker
Sustainable development is a global challenge to improve the quality of our lives, protect our ecosystem and preserve the natural resources for the future generations. Currently, about 2.01 billion tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) is produced annually worldwide, of which about 15% are plastics. It is estimated that the MSW will increase to 3.40 billion tons by 2050. Only 13.5% of which is recycled and 5.5% is composted. The current study focussed to develop practices for waste management by recycling of the plant and fabric waste into sustainable polymeric composites. The yard cutting and fabric waste is either burnt or landfilled. The cellulosic fillers, waste jute fabric and green epoxy resin were the main constituents used for this study. The cellulosic fillers were obtained from yard cutting of a creeper plant, Argyreia speciose (local name Tezgam). The jute fabric was from waste packaging bags. The sustainable composite materials were fabricated using these materials by compression molding and their mechanical properties (tensile, flexural, and impact) were investigated. The developed composites showed remarkable mechcnaial perforrmance as compared to glass composites. Hence, the waste materials were effectively used to develop a value-added product with enhanced performance properties. These materials can be used to fabricate components for automotive interior, packaging, tabletop, etc.