A new strain of plastic-eating bacterias was discovered which is able to withstand extreme conditions!

A new strain of plastic-eating bacterias was discovered which is able to withstand extreme conditions!

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A brand-new strain of bacterias has been determined which has the ability to endure extreme conditions, such as acidic environments or high temperature levels, and is able to "eat" plastic. Yes, you check out that properly. This new strain of bacteria has the ability to feed on toxic plastic and, rather unusually, utilizes it as food to power the entire process. The findings have actually originally been released at the end of March 2020 in released in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.

Found rather inadvertently at a waste-site where plastic had actually been dumped, the bacterias is the very first that is understood to assault polyurethane. This rather relentless form of plastic releases really harmful and carcinogenic chemicals when broken down. The toxicity is so strong that it would kill most micro-organisms. Not this one!

"These findings represent an important step in having the ability to recycle hard-to-recycle polyurethane items," stated Hermann Heipieper, at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ in Leipzig, Germany, who is one of the research study team. He stated it might be 10 years before the microorganism could be utilized at a large scale which in the meantime it was essential to lower the use of 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 since the 1950s, embodied in items such as nappies, kitchen sponges, sports shoes, and so on. Almost all of it has actually ended in garbage dumps or oceans since it is too tough to recycle. Scientists state it threatens a "near irreversible contamination of the natural environment".

Having actually found a solution to the issue is wonderful. But we are still 10 years from a production-ready ability to handle such amounts of plastic at scale. In the meantime, Moving Beans uses a viable alternative by providing compostable and naturally degradable coffee pods-- all whilst not jeopardizing 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 article, more than 100,000 coffee pods were thrown into garbage dumps. There is for this reason an urgency in delivering a more sustainable service which replaces the standard plastic and aluminium Nespresso coffee pods by more sustainable and preferably compostable coffee pods.

The plastic-eating bacterias are only one part of the service. It will still take years for the end-to-end process to be sustainable, however we now start to see "the light at the end of the tunnel".

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