A new strain of plastic-eating micro-organisms has been found which is able to withstand severe conditions!

A new strain of plastic-eating micro-organisms has been found which is able to withstand severe conditions!

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A brand-new strain of bacterias has been identified which is able to endure harsh conditions, such as acidic environments or high temperature levels, and is able to "consume" plastic. This new strain of microorganisms is able to feed on harmful plastic and, rather abnormally, utilizes it as food to power the entire procedure.

Found rather unintentionally at a waste-site where plastic had been dumped, the microorganisms is the very first that is known to attack polyurethane. This rather consistent kind of plastic releases very harmful and carcinogenic chemicals when broken down.

"These findings represent a crucial step in being able to reuse hard-to-recycle polyurethane products," stated Hermann Heipieper, at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ in Leipzig, Germany, who is among the research group. He stated it might be 10 years before the bacterium could be used at a big scale and that in the meantime it was important to reduce the use of plastic that is tough to recycle and to cut the amount of plastic in the environment.

More than 8bn tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s, embodied in products such as nappies, kitchen sponges, sports shoes, and so on. Due to the fact that it is too difficult to recycle, practically all of it has actually ended in oceans or land fills. Scientists say it threatens a "near irreversible contamination of the natural surroundings".

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Having actually discovered a service to the problem is fantastic. We are still 10 years from a production-ready ability to deal with such quantities of plastic at scale. In the meantime, Moving Beans uses a viable option by offering compostable and eco-friendly coffee pods-- all whilst not jeopardizing on the quality of the coffee.

The plastic (and aluminium) waste developed from coffee pods is enormous! During the time it took you to read this short article, more than 100,000 coffee pods were thrown into landfills. There is thus an urgency in providing a more sustainable solution which replaces the conventional plastic and aluminium Nespresso coffee pods by more sustainable and preferably compostable coffee pods.

The plastic-eating bacteria are just one part of the option. It will still take years for the end-to-end procedure to be sustainable, but we now start to see "the light at the end of the tunnel".

We at Moving Beans are an entreprise that has provided compostable coffee capsules for several years, with much more information at Moving Beans. Or check out a pertinent blog on Nespresso-compatible pods. We were one of the first to provide compostable Nespresso coffee capsules.


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