Plastic bag breakthrough?
Plastic bags are an environmental bane: they take a really, really long time to decompose in landfills, they’re the largest pollutant in the world’s oceans, and the general the accumulation of plastics is “one of the most ubiquitous and long-lasting recent changes to the surface of our planet.”
Enter Daniel Burd. The 16-year-old winner of the 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair has deduced a way to make plastic bags decompose in a matter of months. Burd mixed together, then added the mixture to ground-up polyethlene plastic bags and dirt. After three months of bacterial culture growth and further tests on full polyethlene strips, he
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