Watch: Could this plastic eating worm rid us of our plastic waste?
Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered a worm that can degrade plastic.
Scientists may have found the solution to plastic pollution. A paper published in the journal for Current Biology documents wax worm larvae that can munch their way out of plastic bags. To make sure that the caterpillars were actually eating the plastic the researchers pureed some of them and left them near plastic for 14 hours, at the end of which about 13 percent plastic was gone.
Federica Bertocchini one of the researchers, told The Atlantic, she hopes to find the enzyme the worms use to break down the plastic “Maybe we can find the molecule and produce it at high-scale rather than using a million worms in a plastic bag.”