Student solves plastic bag 'crisis' in spare time

Ponder this.

So apparently, with all those activists breathing down our necks, for the last several decades, about how awful plastic bags are, how long it takes for them to degrade in nature, and how much they pollute as a consequence -

no one;

really, no one;

has ever tried to do a simple experiment like this student did. Shred some plastic bags, mix them with some bacteria, provide a growing environment, and see which bacteria degrade the plastic bag fastest.

By doing a simple experiment like that, this student has single-handedly solved the 'environmental crisis' of how to get rid of used plastic bags.

Does that tell you something about the breadth and depth of the scientific obstacles we're going to experience solving our problems with garbage?

We don't have a garbage problem. We just have garbage piling up, which no one is interested in.

When someone becomes interested in the garbage, solutions will arise. If a lone student can make an environmental breakthrough with plastic bags in his spare time, this just shows that no one has even started to pick up the low hanging fruit yet.


Ian said…
Now we just need a spray that includes bacteria that eat everything except plastic bags and neutralize all odors. That way we can keep our garbage from ever stinking and get rid of the plastic bags via his solution. Such a simple but extremely useful and methodical approach, he deserves props for sure.
Kolenkišta said…
How do you suppose the enviromentalists would get around to garbage problems these days, when their primary job is to spread the CO2 histeria.

Seriously, with garbage problems and food crisis biotechnology is going to be the leading field in science for the next couple of decades.
denis bider said…
What I'm most impressed with is that it was left to a student to stop picking the most readily accessible, easiest to pick, low-hanging fruit, such as finding some bacteria that will eat a plastic bag.

If that was so easy, then the rest of the problem is still large, but I'm guessing that it may be smaller than the hand-wringers are trying to make us believe.

We'll sort out the garbage problem... when we actually start to see a garbage problem.

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