« American Samoa Bans the Bag | Main | FTC Combats Greenwashing »

September 21, 2010

A Safe New Way to Dispose of BPA

White-rot-fungus-1 Scientific American 5.10.2010

A new strategy for disposing of plastic containing the pollutant Bisphenol-A was recently published in the journal Biomacromolecules.

Researchers experimenting with fungus already used for bioremediation pre-treated plastic with ultraviolet light and heat. They buried the treated plastic and used untreated plastic as a control group, exposing both to a variety of microorganisms already used for bioremediation (cleaning up polluted sites by way of intentional exposure to certain life forms--fungus in this case).

One year later the control plastic remained untouched, while the treated plastic had been completely broken down by the microorganisms, leaving no trace of the endocrine disruptor.

Check out the abstract in Biomacromolecules or the Scientific American Podcast that brought it to our attention.

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c670d53ef0133f46f25c1970b

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference A Safe New Way to Dispose of BPA:

Comments

The comments to this entry are closed.