Jul 23, 2021

Nature has learnt how to eat our plastic!

Posted by in categories: food, genetics, neuroscience, sustainability

Nature always finds a way…so they say! But it looks like it may actually be true in the case of our global plastic waste dilemma. Genetic mutations have been discovered in specific natural bacteria that enable them to break the polymer chains of certain plastics. Where have we found these bacteria? Well…in plastic recycling dumps of course. So, gloves and masks on everyone. We’re going in!

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  1. GREGORY says:

    just so you know: A hoax came out of the U.K. several decades ago (and keeps re-appearing), about a bacteria that eats plastic, especially fiberglass. It caused a stir among boaters. Of course, petroleum oil (source of most plastic) has been leaking out of the earth for eons (ie. tar pits). Earths bio-systems have been breaking it down and dealing with it for just as long or every beech in the world would be covered in oil