Caterpillar found to eat shopping bags, suggesting biodegradable solution to plastic pollution

Signal of change / Caterpillar found to eat shopping bags, suggesting biodegradable solution to plastic pollution

By Bob Irving / 25 Apr 2017

Provides a low impact way of reducing plastics that otherwise would take years to degrade.
 

Could this caterpillar help solve the world's plastic bag problem?

A developmental biologist and amateur beekeeper has come up with a new way to get rid of used plastic bags: Make waxworms eat them. The larvae of the greater wax moth ( Galleria mellonella), these caterpillars thrive on beeswax.

 

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This signal was also spotted by Dorothy Ng:

Caterpillar found to eat shopping bags, suggesting biodegradable solution to plastic pollution

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