April 25, 2017 | Lisa, Exhibitions Developer, Science Museum

This latest discovery from the University of Cambridge could speed up the breakdown of some of the plastic that ends up in our landfills.

The research found that when wax moth caterpillars are placed in a plastic bag they start to create holes in it after only 40 minutes. Scientists aren't sure how they are able to break the plastic down, but they plan to find out.

Plastic rubbish is a huge problem for the planet. I really hope these creepy-crawlies will give us a new way to reduce our plastic waste.

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The wax moth caterpillar usually prefers to eat beeswax.

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