Bacteria can be a powerful tool in decomposing (just about) anything -- Ideonella sakaiensis breaks down PET
Campaign: How can we recycle the plastic garbage patch?
From Wikipedia: \"Ideonella sakaiensis. Ideonella sakaiensis is a bacterium from the genus Ideonella and family Comamonadaceae capable of breaking down and consuming the plastic poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) as a sole carbon and energy source.\" While the details need to be worked out to avoid unintended consequences, the research in this area sounds extremely promising.
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