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Oyster Mushrooms Can Break Down Disposable Diapers in Just 4 Months

by , 05/28/11
filed under: News

Alethia Vázquez-Morillas, Autonomous Metropolitan University, oyster mushrooms, disposable diaper composting, landfill waste, recycling, diapers

Dirty diapers have long been the bane of moms and dads, but they’re also a horrible burden on the environment. Did you know that not a single disposable diaper ever made has decomposed yet, and it actually takes about 500 years – yes 500 years – for them to biodegrade? You might be wondering if anything can be done and one of the solutions may surprise you being that it involves mushrooms. Oyster mushrooms to be exact. One scientist is saying that the delectable fungi might actually accelerate the 500 year figure down to a mere 4 months.

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3 Comments

  1. caeman May 31, 2011 at 8:12 am

    If it doesn’t dissolve the synthetics, then the remaining material could be shipped off to the solar-powered plastic-bottle-to-oil plant for reprocessing back into oil.

  2. lazyreader May 31, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Does it dissolve all the material, even the synthetic?

  3. caeman May 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Hooray science!

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