Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Toastworthy Teen - Daniel Burd

Daniel Burd, Plastic Fighter

Daniel Burd was “tired of all the plastic bags falling on my head every time [he] opened the closet.” But unlike the rest of us who just shake off the annoyance and go on with our day, this Ontario teen began studying microbes to see if he could isolate the natural occurring plastic-eating ones, his long-range goal being to tackle the many landfills full of the stuff. 

After collecting soil samples, isolating chosen microbes and growing cultures of each, Daniel found 4 strains capable of breaking down plastic, one of which was able to degrade more plastic in 6 weeks than we currently see break down over years in our landfills!

The more scientific-minded of you can read his report here:
Burd Report

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