The Guardian, Michael Marshall, Sat 5 Feb 2022 12.00 EST
Nudged along by scientists and evolution, micro-organisms that digest plastics have the potential to create an efficient method of recycling
- Despite the popular image, only a small fraction of this ends up in the ocean – but the seas may still be absorbing more than 10m tonnes of plastic every year.
- The solution is not to stop using plastics altogether, because they are incredibly useful. But we do need a revolution in how we handle plastics, and this is where the micro-organisms come in.
- Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6 could use the plastic as its sole energy and food source.
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