A brand-new strain of micro-organisms has actually been determined which has the ability to stand up to harsh conditions, such as acidic environments or high temperature levels, and is able to "eat" plastic. Yes, you read that properly. This brand-new strain of microbes is able to feed upon hazardous plastic and, rather unusually, uses it as food to power the whole procedure. The findings have initially been published at the end of March 2020 in published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.
Found rather inadvertently at a waste-site where plastic had actually been disposed, the bacteria is the first that is understood to attack polyurethane. When broken down, this rather relentless type of plastic releases carcinogenic and really toxic chemicals. The toxicity is so strong that it would eliminate most microorganisms. But not this one!
"These findings represent an essential step in having the ability to recycle hard-to-recycle polyurethane items," said Hermann Heipieper, at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ in Leipzig, Germany, who is among the research group. He said it might be 10 years before the micro-organism could be utilized at a big scale which in the meantime it was vital to minimize using plastic that is tough to recycle and to cut the amount of plastic in the environment.
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More than 8bn tonnes of plastic have actually been produced because the 1950s, embodied in products such as nappies, cooking area sponges, sports shoes, etc. Almost all of it has actually ended in landfills or oceans because it is too hard to recycle. Scientists say it threatens a "near irreversible contamination of the natural surroundings".
Having discovered a service to the problem is fantastic. We are still 10 years from a production-ready ability to deal with such amounts of plastic at scale. In the meantime, Moving Beans offers a practical alternative by using compostable and eco-friendly coffee pods-- all whilst not compromising on the quality of the coffee.
The plastic (and aluminium) waste developed from coffee pods is massive! During the time it took you to read this short article, more than 100,000 coffee pods were tossed into land fills. There is for this reason an urgency in delivering a more sustainable service which changes the traditional plastic and aluminium Nespresso coffee pods by more sustainable and preferably compostable coffee pods.
A great deal of research efforts are under way worldwide to address this concern. The plastic-eating bacteria are only one part of the service. We just need more sustainable product packaging materials and a more sustainable supply chain. It will still take years for the end-to-end procedure to be sustainable, however we now start to see "the light at the end of the tunnel".