03 Jun '11, 7am
Three Ways Fungi Might Save Your Business @triplepundit
Rumors about the potential for fungi to clean up the most toxic superfund sites have been around for a while . While they haven’t been recently used for such a serious application, they have been used for an impressive clean-up effort: dirty diapers . In fact, Oyster mushrooms broke down 90% of the material in traditional disposable diapers in only 2 months, 100% in four months. (And yes, the researcher ate them without ill effect). An estimated 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used each year in the U.S. (according to the EPA, that translates into more than 3.4 million tons of waste dumped into landfills). That’s a serious impact. With landfill tipping fees getting higher all the time, a solution that can break down that much waste in that short of a period of time has grand financial implications.