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A little worm could put the entire modern human civilisation in peril, they say. Because we live in a world dominated by synthetics and plastics. We use it everywhere: in furniture, in electronics, for making cars, for packaging. Plastic packages make global food trade possible. Plastic is even inside us: little synthetic particles fall off manufactured products and mix with the air we breathe, entering our lungs. Others get into our food from the above-mentioned plastic packages.

Humankind produces about 300 trillion tons of plastic every year. Nearly 10% of this amount is desposited into the world ocean. There is a huge pile of garbage swirling in the middle of every major ocean, much of it consisting of plastic. The ocean waves constantly decomposing it into ever smaller bits. This way the plastic gets into the fish, into the global water cycle, and then through rain into the food, and into our blood system. Even into our cells.

It is estimated that microplastic makes up about 1% of the plastic waste, i.e. between 93 thousand and 236 thousand tons annually, World Economic Forum data shows. Still, we keep using synthetics in most industries, and these deposits are constantly growing. The reason is that plastic is biologically indestructible. There isn't an animal or microorganism in nature capable of eating this sort of synthetic material. Metals can be oxidised and rust, but plastic is eternal. Or at least that is what we thought.

But now this is about to change )

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