24 May '11, 8pm

Oyster Mushrooms Can Break Down Diapers in Four Months

I don't understand all the hype about that plastics or cellulose take such a long time to break down. So what? Neither does rock. As long as it does not break down and is out of harms way it is no problem. If it does break down it risks releasing any toxins it contains. Generally, plastics do contain nasty toxins. If this continues to be the case and the plastic is broken down quickly then dangerous levels of toxins can leach into ground water and have no time to disperse. The same applies to all the plastic that ends in the oceans. Although in its large form it can directly harm animals, when it breaks down it can potentially get into the "food chain", which is more harmful in the long term. Surely the focus must not be taken away from the fact that we should not be releasing toxins into the environment.

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