Eco-Friday: Turning plastic into food??

It’s no secret the world has a plastic pollution problem. The oceans are filled with it and more than 380 millions of tonnes are still being manufactured every year. But the question is not just how do we stop using so much plastic and how do we get in all out the seas but also: what do we do then with all the plastic waste?

There is recycling but the problem is that a lot of plastics aren’t recyclable and the types that are can only be a certain amount of times. There’s always incineration but that releases more CO2 into the atmosphere and that’s the last thing we need right now.

Well, here’s some good news in the fight against plastic pollution: a team of scientists have figured out a way to turn plastic into vanillin, a common flavouring agent.

Read more about the story here:

https://interestingengineering.com/scientists-convert-plastic-bottles-into-vanillin-using-bacteria

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