There’s a lot of plastic in the world. So much that it seems overwhelming to comprehend and figure out what the world will do with the tens of billion tonnes of plastic waste produced each year. However, there are innovative solutions popping up each day, like cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch! Another such inspiring solution “stems” from a rare mushroom and it just might save the planet, by solving the plastic problem and another. Here’s how this got started.
It’s been found in Ecuador and on leaves in Buenos Aires and is being studied by scientists for multiple uses, including ridding the world of plastic!
Researchers at Yale found that for this rare mushroom and others, it takes a bit of time, research, and training to get the mushrooms to learn to love eating plastic. After this discovery, two women worked on researching more common types of mushrooms to digest plastic. And they found something incredible!