Plastic is always the problem that has been aroused but the solutions found are very limited. Out of all the plastic materials collected, only 25 per cent makes its way to be reused. The rest is disposed, but from plastic straws getting stuck in turtles’ noses to plastic nano particles being consumed by fishes and eventually harming the entire food chain, plastic thrives.
The recent news indicates that there might be a solution to this. My be someone is actually hungry for plastic and find them safe and edible. The global plastic pollution crisis is believed to be solved with a tiny wax worm or so says a research.
Amateur beekeeper and scientist Federica Bertocchini discovered, by chance, that the waxworms she had removed from beehives and put in a plastic bags ate their way out of it. “I went back to the room where I had left the worms and I found that they were everywhere. The bag was full of holes.”
A research conducted by the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, and first published in the journal Current Biology, showed that the worm can feed degrade plastic at a high speed. The Guardian report said that in lab tests conducted at the Cambridge University, researchers found out that 100 worms can “devour” 92 milligrams of polyethylene in as little as 12 hours.This capacity of the worm could prove beneficial as it would reduce the quantity of plastic to a greater extent.
To add more to it, they wanted to test it well and to make sure it was an actual remedy, a squad of worms were put in the polyethylene bags and it was shocking to see that the worms had chewed in the whole plastic at a calculative time span.
“It’s extremely exciting because breaking down plastic has proved very challenging,” said Dr. Paolo Bombelli, a professor from Cambridge University.
May be we could just dream now about planet Earth being an eco-friendly place to live. Let’s hope the hunger of these mini dinosaurs proves to be a boon for the future.