Plastic eating worms represent a new way to tackle plastic waste. With such little research on these worms, we have the opportunity to do some testing ourselves. We hope to introduce worm colonies to ocean plastics and make a product which fertilizes the food that we grow. These simple worms have the power to solve the plastic crisis and create something valuable. No matter how we have disrespected mother nature, she continues to surprise us with the most unsuspected solution- the wax and meal worm. Wax worm caterpillars are mostly used as fish bait. However, in their natural habitat they feed on bees wax. Recently, they have been found to have a taste for plastic and consume styrofoam as well. In recent tests, it has been shown that 100 worms can eat up to 98MG of polyethylene in 12 hours. The meal worm‘s gut has microorganisms that are able to biodegrade polyethylene, a common form of plastic.

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