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A natural solution to the growing crisis of plastic waste in the environment may at hand. Researchers have that a tiny caterpillar, commonly as a waxworm, a taste for plastic. Researchers from Cambridge University in the UK say that the waxworm plastic at "uniquely high speeds". They say that it is possible to this environmentally-friendly solution to global waste on an industrial scale. Millions of waxworms could be to their days breaking down and consuming plastic bags, bottles, household items and other discarded waste. Around a trillion plastic bags up in landfills around the world each year. They centuries to biodegrade.

Researcher Dr Paolo Bombelli said: "It's extremely, extremely exciting because breaking down plastic has so challenging." He said the waxworm can down a notoriously tough plastic like polyethylene more than 1,400 times faster than other organisms. The waxworm enzymes in its saliva to break the plastic's chemical bonds. It might possible one day to these enzymes and them on waste to make it . Another researcher said: "We are to implement this finding in a viable way to rid of plastic waste, working towards a solution to our oceans, rivers, and all the environment from the unavoidable consequences of plastic accumulation."

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