It's pretty common knowledge that plastic can literally take forever to break down. That's because the complex polymer molecules that make it up are so far removed from anything organic that there are hardly any organic systems that can digest them. But a random discovery by a Spanish animal embryologist has shown that there are actually animals that can break down plastic bags—by eating them. The only question is, is that enough to fight the plastic waste we create every day?
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