For decades the environmental impact of plastics has been a major crisis with no clear solution. Plastics last for thousands of years, and the amount of plastic we make and consume has grown exponentially over the decades. It appears that we may have a solution.
So…the solution to our plastics crisis is….worms? For the past few weeks the internet has been ablaze with reports of wax worms that can break down plastics into organic compounds. No, this isn’t a fake story built out of a little GoDaddy satellite site. This is the real deal. Incidentally if you are looking for savings on building a website with GoDaddy, take a look at that link.
Pollution of any kind is not acceptable to man. Whether it be water, air, or waste pollution, they are all unhealthy to the environment and cause more harm than good to mankind. This explains why every effort is put in to reduce the level of pollution in the world.
The area of plastic waste pollution seems to have gotten a solution in the form of a Wax Worm. The larvae of this Worm type was initially bred to be used as fish bait before a discovery was made of its love for plastic materials by an amateur beekeeper and scientist, Federica Bertocchini. Here are reasons why Scientists think the Wax Worm may be the solution to plastic waste solution.
1. APPETITE FOR PLASTIC: Following Federica’s chance discovery, researchers investigated the report and found that 100 Wax Worms can devour as much as 92 milligrams of polyethylene. The amazing thing is that this quantity would be devoured in the space of 12 hours. Compare this to another scientific fact that about 200 plastic bags, which is the average a human being uses in one year, would …