Extract from “Bacteria to the Rescue: Two Students co-opt them to clean up Plastic Waste”

In the meantime, it will require herculean efforts from us to clean up larger swathes of plastic-contaminated water, never mind entire seas and oceans. Herculean efforts and plenty of ingenuity, that is.

Two Canadian students have the latter in spades and have devised a simple new solution: bacteria that can metabolize phthalates (a binding agent in plastic products).

Their invention could be used to clean up beaches, for a start. “It’s going to be nearly impossible to get people to stop using plastic,” Wang observes. “We need real technology to break it down. Everything in nature should be biodegradable.”

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