Digesting plastic and the future of food

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Polysterene

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We live in the Plastic Age. And, insects are the future of food. Here we're investigating their changing role.

Polystyrene is devastatingly difficult to recycle, and this is where our earthly-collaborators come in. Mealworm and plastic form a perfect symbiosis in which the worm extracts all the necessary nutrients from the foamed plastic and transforms it into a biologically usable mass. This is only one of two known possibilities for proper decomposition of plastic. This same worm is also a high-quality source of protein and already regularly ends up on the plates of a third of the world‘s population. But what else arises in its life cycle when the larvae grow, pupate, become beetles and eventually die?

Plasticula is dedicated to these remnants, which consist mainly of chitin, and shows how they can be transformed into new materials. The background is the transformation of an inherently harmful plastic, which is transferred into new sustainable cycles and simultaneously dissolved.

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