340,459 views | Tierney Thys and Christian Sardet • TED-Ed
Meet the microbes that could eat your trash
Each year humanity produces roughly 400 million tons of plastic, 80% of which is discarded as trash. Of that plastic waste, only one-tenth is recycled. 60% gets incinerated or goes into the landfills, and 30% leaks out into the environment. Fortunately, there are microbes that may be able to take a bite out of this growing problem. Tierney Thys and Christian Sardet explore the future of recycling. [Directed by Elsa Esteban, narrated by Addison Anderson, music by Salil Bhayani, cAMP Studio].