Innovation and Sustainability: Writer Hannah Johnstone Reveals How Plastic-Eating Worms Could Help In Our War With Plastic
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Plastic is one of the leading contributors to our planet’s deteriorating health. Each year, 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced, 40% of which is single-use. Of this plastic, only 9% is recycled, 12% is burnt and the remaining 79% ends up in landfills or the environment.
Environmentalists predict that 12 billion tonnes, the equivalent of 66 million blue whales, of plastic waste will occupy landfills or the environment by 2050.
Clearly, a solution to all this plastic waste is needed, and soon. Many countries have placed bans on certain plastic use. For example, in 2017 Kenya implemented a full ban on the production and handling of plastic bags.
Rwanda and Morocco have also applied plastic bans, meaning that anyone producing or in possession of plastic packaging will face criminal punishment. There is still, however, plastic with lifespans of up to 1000 years overflowing our landfills.
Not only does this plastic waste clog up our landfills and produce eyesores in our natural environment, but it also harms wildlife. 1 in 3 turtles will ingest plastic within their