Fungi: Utilized to Help Compost Plastic

Categories: Green

One of the biggest problems in our world today is the amount of plastic covering our landfills. Plastic as you know will outlive us for more than 18 generations. That is a hard pill to take when you think about it, the purchasing decisions we make today, will impact the lives of our future families and that is why we need to be aware of these facts. 

The image below shows you how long it will take for some of these items to disappear.

That is why this article caught my eye, they are harnessing the amazing ability of fungi to decompose and applying it to plastic. In my mind this is genius!

Inspired by the research conducted on the interaction between organic materials and fungi, during the development of ‘Bodies of Change’, this research-project looks at the study and at the application of a different fungus, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, to synthetic, toxic materials, that do not naturally decompose and that are found to provoke unhealthy, risky consequences for the entire ecosystem: Plastics.


By having researched and demonstrated the ability that such micro-organism has in decomposing phenolic resins and, more generally in degrading plastics, and by merging this finding with a vision, the project creates a social narrative to help us questioning our “throw away” culture, while addressing the designer’s role and responsibilities.

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