Wax worms can eat plastic

Did you know?

Scientists from the university of Cantabria in Spain have discovered that wax worms can eat plastic.

The study revealed that it takes about a month for 100 wax worms break down an average 5g plastic bag.

This is due to an enzyme in the worms that is able to convert polyethylene into ethylene glycol. The team is now trying to identify this precise enzyme.

Is this the solution to the global plastic pollution problem?

Unfortunately, it is way too soon to know what could be the impact of this discovery.

Each year, the world produces 300 million tons of plastic, and very few of it is actually recycled.

You can now find plastic in every corner of the globe, including in the ocean, as plastic doesn´t degrade.

So what can we do?

Always remember: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

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