Truth to Power

Now this is cool

There’s an old joke that if you were reincarnated, you might want to come back as a Styrofoam cup.

Why? Because they last forever. Ba-dum-bum.

Despite being made 95 percent of air, Styrofoam’s manufactured immortality has posed a problem for recycling efforts. More than 3 million tons of the durable material is produced every year in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Very little of it is recycled.

Help may come from bacteria that have been found to eat Styrofoam and turn it into useable plastic. This is the stuff recycling dreams are made of: Yesterday’s cup could become tomorrow’s plastic spoon.


A bacteria that eats styrofoam. Now that is science for the greater good.

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