14 comments on “Teen Decomposes Plastic Bag… in Just Three Months.

  1. Huh. I was just thinking about this the other day; you know, the plastic problem. What came to mind was an engineered bacterium, but it never occurred to me to think that it might already exist in nature. That might have been because I then started thinking of storylines for what would happen in the bacterium got out of control, and how the world would look without plastics… Damn my distractibility!

    Good on that kid for finding this out. This should be bigger news.

  2. It’s actually rather obvious, isn’t it? But I guess the best ideas often are 🙂

    Never damn distractability, mate! I love the story idea! Run with it.

    Makes me kinda suspicious that it isn’t bigger news — but, then, I am at a funny age 🙂

  3. Quite — but when you consider that plastic is such a big issue, with lots of possible profit potential, I would have expected someone to have hit on the idea sooner. Life seldom works the way one expects, though, right? 😉

  4. It must be a case of “it’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it”. We’re not designing our land fill operations to shred plastic and mix the shreedded plastic with the right kind of bacteria. We can probably find a use for the end product too.

    Robert

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