PhDs have been searching for a solution to the global plastic waste problem, but the solution may have come through a pair of 16-year-olds.
The teen winner in last year’s Canadian Science Fair presented research on microorganisms that can rapidly biodegrade plastic.
Daniel Burd knew that plastic, one of the most indestructible of manufactured materials, does in fact eventually decompose. It takes 1,000 years but decompose it does, which means there must be microorganisms out there to do the decomposing.
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