Humans have become a pest to the Earth’s ecosystem. Our industrial nature has left behind a trail of destruction and waste that are polluting the ecosystem. One of such waste is the plastic bottle (or PET), which now fills land mines, block city drainage systems, and make an eye-soar site to the environment.
A 2017 research revealed that there were 30 million pieces of plastic waste found on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific waters. During the same year, it was revealed that a million plastic bottles were being bought every minute around the world. Forecast shows the numbers will jump by 20% by the year 2021.
Left on their own, plastics would take centuries before the slightest process of degeneration is registered. The material can withstand the test of time, and the fact that they are often a single-use material then thrown away means plastic waste will be around for a long time. It takes a century for plastic to even begin the process of natural decay and rot.
However, that could soon change thanks to a freak lab accident by scientists working on a bacterium. …read more