Home > Could This Tiny Bug Help Solve Our Big Plastic Bag Problem?

Environment
Could This Tiny Bug Help Solve Our Big Plastic Bag Problem?

Description

A wiggly, ravenous caterpillar — one that doesn't limit its diet to naturally grown objects — can biodegrade plastic bags, a material infamous for the amount of time it takes to decompose. The 1-inch-long (3 centimeters) wax worm, also known as the honey worm caterpillar (Galleria mellonella), is no stranger to unconventional meals. It's usually found in beehives, munching away on waxy, goo-drenched honeycombs, the researchers said. Now, through a serendipitous discovery, it's clear that wax worms can also decompose polyethylene, a thin but tough plastic that is used across various industries, including in shopping bags and food packaging.

Added on the 25/04/2017 16:37:26 - Copyright : Wochit

To customise your video :

Or Create an account

More videos on the subject

  • Could a Mexican cactus solve the world's plastics problem?

    Research in Mexico is developing a promising solution to the world's single-use packaging conundrum: making biodegradable plastic from prickly pear cactus.

    09/08/2019 - AFP EN
  • Could Mexico cactus solve world's plastics problem?

    A research in Mexico is developing a promising solution to the world's single-use packaging conundrum: making biodegradable plastic from prickly pear cactus.

    08/08/2019 - AFP EN
  • Tackling the Plastic Packaging Problem | Sustainable Impact | HP

    Packaging comprises a significant portion of total waste produced and can affect the health of our planet and people. That's why HP is committed to eliminating 75 percent of single-use plastic packaging by 2025, compared to 2018. #HP #HPSustainableImpact #PlasticPackaging SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/2mGfXhF SHOP NOW: http://store.hp.com/us/en/ About HP: HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone everywhere — every person, every organization, and every community around the globe. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. Connect with HP: Visit HP WEBSITE: http://www.hp.com Like HP on FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/HP Follow HP on TWITTER: https://twitter.com/HP Follow HP on INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/hp Follow HP on LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/hp Tackling the Plastic Packaging Problem | Sustainable Impact | HP https://www.youtube.com/HP

    24/06/2020 - Hewlett-Packard
  • Thai retailers ban single-use plastic bags

    Thai retailers kick off 2020 with a ban on single-use plastic bags, joining the battle against throwaway carriers in the Southeast Asian nation where citizens go through an average of eight every day.

    02/01/2020 - AFP EN
  • Lizzo brings tiny bag to American Music Awards

    Lizzo brought a tiny Valentino bag as she walked the red carpet at the American Music Awards.

    25/11/2019 - BANG Showbiz

More videosEnvironment

Watch video of Tournée Par Drone Entre Le 12 Et 18 Août Dans La Province De Jambi à Sumatra Par L'ONG Locale Warsi Pour Sensibiliser Le Public Du Reste De L'Indonésie Au Fléau De La Déforestation. - Incendies dans la province de Jambi (Sumatra) - Label : Le Monde -
Environment

Incendies dans la province de Jambi (Sumatra)

27/11/2015 14:55:04