Great news for the environment: plastic is now biodegradable!

Plastic is one of the most beneficial inventions in human history:  its impact on improving human health alone is quite amazing.

The problem with this amazing material was that it did not naturally decompose, so that it would fill garbage heaps and create a set of difficulties all of its own.  This has lead to countless lobyists vilifying plastic and trying to limit its use.  Taxes on shopping bags are just one small real-life result of the anti-plastic propaganda.

According to PCWorld, these worries are now a thing of the past!

‘This is the first fungus species, identified by the Yale researchers as Pestalotiopsis microspore, which exclusively subsists on polyurethane. It can also grow in an anaerobic (air-less) environment, which will hopefully allow it to take root in the deepest regions of our trash heaps. ‘

Yes:  PESTALOTIOPSIS!

Making plastic a biodegradable material.

So, stop feeling guilty over this aspect of improving the human condition!

One Response to “Great news for the environment: plastic is now biodegradable!”

  1. plastic moulding Says:

    You maybe right when you say its impact on improving human health is amazing but recycling the same plastic is hazardous for environment and eventually human health is gonna suffer. Any thoughts on that?

    Xanthippa says:

    It is no secret that most recycling programs are an environmental hazard. (The exceptions, to the best of my knowledge, are glass and aluminum). That is why I have always opposed them, on environmntal grounds.

    Paper recycling, in particular, is incredibly toxic.

    With the discovery of this microorganism, however, we might be able to handle discarded plastic in a way that does not cause environmental damage.


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