Plastic-Eating Worms That Could Save The Planet
When its comes to taking care of the planet everybody has there own ideas on what’s best, we all hear about the global warming, The ice glaciers are disappearing in the Artics and I believe we should all do our part in taking care of the planet. I won’t be here in 60 years but my kids will be and I want their kids to enjoy the little things in life just like I have.
Our world is changing every day and we can help, Let’s all admit the planet is dramatically affected by plastic pollution, and unless we take the needed measures as soon as possible, we and our home will suffer and face even more serious consequences.
Since the 1950s, around 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced. Of all the plastic, only 9% has been recycled, 12% has been burned and the rest has ended up in landfills or the environment. However, every year, 12.7 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans, so it is estimated that there are five trillion pieces of plastic out there.
While, some cities, like Seattle, and Washington, have banned single-use straws, and zero-waste grocery stores are opening all around the world, the rest of us need to catch up and follow suit, as we have a long way to go before we solve the plastic epidemic.
Scientists have accidentally discovered another viable solution to the problem – a worm that can eat its way through the plastic. It is called a waxworm, and it is a member of the caterpillar family.
However, they still have lots of research to do, so let’s all hope they can contribute to saving our planet from the plastic pollution.