Royal Botanic Gardens Kew: Fungi can speed up the breakdown of plastic.

09. October 2018 | Initiatives, Plastics | via

State of the World’s Fungi 2018 -  The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

In particular, a fungus called Aspergillus tubingensis is capable of breaking down plastics such as polyester polyurethane (used in a wide diversity of products such as refrigerator insulation and synthetic leather) in weeks rather than years. This ability thus has potential to be developed into one of the tools desperately needed to address the growing environmental problem of plastic waste, according to a post from Helena Kennedy on