Plastic bags decomposed naturally-a teen has done it!

You kids are making the planet better. TWO THUMBS UP!

A 16-year-old Canadian student has found a way to compress a 1000-year process down to three months. In his high school science project, 16-year-old Daniel Burd used a special blend of microbes to speed up the decomposition, of polyethylene plastic bags.
How Daniel did what no one else has figured out?
He got frustrated with the accumulation of plastic bags around his house.
Take ordinary plastic’ bags that have been ground up to a powder add a special blend of microbes to speed up the decomposition in a fermenter . . . your growth medium, your microbes (yeast and tap water to create a solution) and last but not least good ol’ dirt.

After culturing the microbes for three months in plastic powder and dirt, then the solution sits in a shaking flask at 39 degrees with a little sodium acetate and waits. It seems those hungry little microbes will convert about 43 per cent of the plastic within six weeks. Burd won the top Prize Canada-wide Science Fair in Ottawa. He went home smiling with a long list of awards including a $10,000 Prize, a $20,000 Scholarship, and recognition for finding a simple practical solution and a way to help the environment.
– Erin Michaels –Tucson Green Magazine July 2008

Thanks. – Mother Nature

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1 Comment

  1. brechner said,

    April 26, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    This just proves more people should be thinking outside the box. What about our landfills? If landfill gas is not harvested, it escapes into the atmosphere: this is undesirable because methane is a greenhouse gas with much more so called global warming potential than carbon dioxide. Over a time span of 100 years, one ton of methane produces the same greenhouse gas effect as 23 tons of CO2. Political and public debates continues regarding the appropriate response to global warming. The available options are mitigation to reduce further emissions; adaptation to reduce the damage caused by warming; and, more speculatively, geoengineering to reverse global warming. Most national governments have signed and ratified the Kyoto protocol aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. What if we could do away with landfills all together.

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