Newly Discovered Caterpillar Can Digest Plastic – Could Hold Solution To Plastic Pollution Crisis

Scientists are hopeful that a newly discovered caterpillar could help provide a solution to the plastic waste crisis.Greater wax moth caterpillars are able to eat and digest plastic, the non-biodegradable material that has been stuffing landfills for decades.An estimated 300 million tons of plastic are produced per year, much of which ends up polluting the ocean and other ecosystems. The problem has led eight states to ban single-use plastics, like bags and straws, in an effort to protect the environment.However, scientists believe that studying how the greater wax moth caterpillar is able to …

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