Jungle fungus eats plastic
Maybe there is hope after all. It sounds like there is a way to digest plastics that naturally occurs. While the article is specifically about a fungus found in the rainforests of Ecuador it goes on to say that it exists in other tropical and sub-tropical areas.
What caught my attention was where the Yale University team found the best fungus. I have both guava and custard apple trees here.
The winning fungal isolates came from the guava tree (Psidium guajava) and the custard apple tree (Annona muricata), though several different fungal species from a variety of trees demonstrated the ability to efficiently degrade polyurethane.
“Two Pestalotiopsis microspora isolates were uniquely able to grow on PUR as the sole carbon source under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions,” the study reports, noting that not all the P. microspora isolates shared this ability, likely due to genetic variability within the species.