Is it possible to control plastic pollution? These animals love to eat plastic. Can they clean plastic?

For human beings, plastic is an invention that people love and hate. Since human beings entered the modern society, the total output of plastics has broken through the 10 billion tons mark, and also presents an increasing situation. Many plastic products have been abandoned to the nature after completing their mission, only a small part has been recycled, most of them are still exposed to the nature, aggravating the white pollution of the earth.

White pollution situation

The reason why plastics are difficult to degrade is that their chemical properties are very stable. In the past century, with the continuous optimization of technology, the applicability of plastic products is getting higher and higher, and the cost is getting lower and lower. When we walk in the streets, we can see plastic products everywhere. In some tourist attractions, we can often see discarded plastic bottles. Especially in some coastal areas, sand beaches are covered with all kinds of plastic products, and in the long run, they will form garbage dumps. There are a lot of plastic products will move into the ocean with the ocean current, and many marine organisms will eat the organisms containing plastic particles by mistake, which has greatly damaged the marine environment.

The permeability of plastics is far stronger than we think. It has been found in the scientific community that plastics also appear in human placenta. Although we don’t know what the result of plastic in the human body will be, it’s not a good thing in the long run. It can be said that plastic has gone to every corner of the world, whether it is the southernmost and northernmost ends of the earth, or the highest mountains of the earth, are full of plastic figure. In the face of increasingly severe environmental pollution situation, scientists are also trying to find products to replace plastics, but there is still no ideal effect.

Animals that break down plastics

In fact, some organisms in nature take plastics as food. Plastics will not accumulate in their bodies, but will become nutrients. For example, we will talk about the wax borer, which often destroys the tide. For beekeepers, their existence is a headache, so some beekeepers will put them in plastic bags after catching them. Unexpectedly, these small insects eat the plastic bags into their stomachs, and the plastic bags become full of holes, so they can escape smoothly.

In addition to the wax borer, there are also some insects that can digest plastics. After seeing this phenomenon, it also provides scientists with the direction of exploration. If they can participate in the digestive system, does it mean that they can decompose plastics instead of human beings? So the scientists carried out experiments. They extracted a kind of bacteria from the intestines of these insects that digest plastics. This kind of bacteria can decompose plastics. If we can cultivate this kind of bacteria vigorously, can we decompose the quantity?

Although we think it’s very beautiful, but the reality is very bony, using this method to decompose plastic, the efficiency is too low. But it also points out the direction for scientists. If they want to decompose the quantity, they may start from microorganisms, but the most important thing is that humans should control the use of plastics. I don’t know what you think.

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