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  • breaking down plastic using plastic eating bacteria.

  • That's what these two young scientists in Hungary are doing.

  • We have a couple of cocktails here, special mixtures for special things.

  • They've developed a bacteria cocktail that consumes any single use plastic in seven weeks without prior chemical treatment or processing.

  • I'm less Madaras I'm Christina, where the co founders of Politics Hungarian Biotech Company, which has developed plastic eating bacteria.

  • The cocktail ingredients are highly secret, but Polly Loop CEO Liz Madaras says if it can be mass produced, it could mean a significant step in reducing plastic waste globally.

  • We saw plastic waste pollution as a very, very pertinent issue.

  • So we we decided to try to combine biotechnology and chemical engineering to create a media which can actually bring plastics back into the natural life cycle to which they once belonged.

  • After two weeks, the process produces shreds of plastic.

  • This is how it's going to look like in two weeks that then becomes a brown liquid sludge.

  • By the end of week seven and seven weeks time, it goes to this the sludge, which is the end product of our process.

  • Initial lab tests show that the sludge is safe to use as a soil improver.

  • The degradation process is very similar to have those leaves, uh, disappear from from, uh, autumn until springtime, A consortia of microbes bio degrades them, and this is what we're doing with our bacteria and fossil based plastics.

  • If it works on a large scale, it can make a global impact because the problem with plastics up until now was that they lingered on in the environment forever.

  • But once we can biodegrade them, bring them back into the natural environment, they become part of nature again become part of the global recycling system, not just the human one.

  • There are successful attempts globally to degrade plastic, but Polly Loop degrades all types of plastic, including multi layer packaging on mixed plastic blends.

  • There are successful attempts with P e T degradation, though, but in our case, we do all types of plastics from resident identification one through seven, and that includes other plastics as well, such as multi layer packaging or mixed plastic blunt.

  • Polly Loop now has investment to build their first industrial plant, where they'll test the degradation on a larger scale.

  • They're also experimenting with what they're cocktail could do with other types of fossil based contaminants such as diesel.

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Hungarian scientists develop plastic eating bacteria

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/27
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