Young Scientist Takes On Plastic

Plastic bags take decades and centuries to decompose. There’s been a movement across the country and around the world to look for alternatives.

One Canadian student looked for a way to combat the problem, and it has nothing to do with paper or reusable bags. Daniel Burd of Waterloo, Ontario, has found a way to isolate microorganisms from soil and use them to accelerate the decomposition process for plastic bags.

In his science project, he successfully decomposed 43 percent of his sample in a matter of only weeks. His efforts earned him the Canada-Wide Science Fair’s top prize of $9,800.

Click here to read more about this teenager’s remarkable discovery.

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