- Currently, plastic is one of the most used materials in the industry and commerce worldwide. Its high consumption rates make it the main pollutant component of the land. The discovery of this bacterium has been like a ray of light that would allow the development of new plastic waste disposal systems.
But an unusual discovery has brought a little hope to humanity. A group of scientists from the Kyoto Institute of Technology in Japan have discovered a new bacteria that has the characteristic of being able to digest polyethylene terephthalate, one of the most used plastics worldwide.
This new finding supposes to be a light ray in advances of the fight against the contamination. The new bacteria have the potential to degrade a thin sheet of plastic in just six weeks at an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. This event has marked an important fact in science and has also surprised many scientists by its fast evolution, since the plastic component that the bacteria degrades has been present on our planet only 70 years ago. It is incredible to see how this species in only 70 years has been able to evolve enough to turn this compound into its main source of carbon to survive.
APECO, an organization that has been raising awareness and carrying out projects to protect the environment for more than 30 years, pronounced itself on this great discovery:
“This is a first step towards perhaps being able to count in the future with a process of degradation of PET plastics in a faster way. However, we must not forget that the main strategy to avoid contamination by plastics is to reduce their use, reuse and recycle them. In a practical way, we can do the following things: carry a cloth bag when you do your shopping, use a metal bottle to carry water with you instead of buying plastic bottles and use your own utensils and services instead of using plates and cutlery disposable. “
Despite scientific efforts to counteract global pollution, the greatest contribution we can make to the ecosystem is to start with oneself. Reducing the consumption of plastics and polluting components can achieve a radical change in the carbon footprint.
New statistics and facts show the impact that our actions are causing on the planet. This year came extremely worrying reports that an island of polluting waste, mostly plastics, was growing very rapidly in the Pacific Ocean and that it already exceeded France in size. This is the clear example of the increasing rise of pollutants in our waters and the risks that all living beings, including us, run. For this reason, the fight against pollution and global warming is still in our hands and it is our responsibility to stop it.