A new study coming from the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria in Spain suggests that a rather common species of caterpillar may be a solution to our ever increasing problem with plastic bags.
Could Wax Worms Solve our Plastics Problem?
“I…put them in a plastic bag while I cleaned the panels,” Bertocchini said. “After finishing, I went back to the room where I had left the worms, and I found that they were everywhere. They had escaped from the bag, even though it had been closed.”
She found tiny holes eaten in the bag, through which the worms escaped. This sparked a whole new study, whose results were published in the Current Biology journal. Research shows that the caterpillars can digest the conventional plastic. They seem to be capable of turning the notoriously long-lived material into usable nutrients.