Why This May Be the Future of Plastic Recycling


Why Worms May Be the Future of Plastic Recycling. Get Surfshark VPN at https://surfshark.deals/undecided – Enter promo code UNDECIDED for 83% off and 3 extra months for FREE! The vast majority of the world’s plastic isn’t recycled because it’s currently cheaper to produce new plastic. But nature has evolved in response. Several species of insects, bacteria, and fungi can break down plastics all on their own. By studying the enzymes that make this happen, bioengineers are realizing ways to degrade plastics that don’t involve burning them or dousing them in chemical solvents. One company has successfully developed a plastic eating enzyme that doesn’t need industrial conditions to work, allowing consumers to add bioplastics to compost piles at home.

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