This is happy news indeed. 🙂 Something that will change the textbooks in the future (I really hope it does).
The 16-year-old from Waterloo, Ontario, as part of a science fair project, figured out a way to break down the polymers in plastic bags—compounds that can last for over 1,000 years—in about three months. Essentially, Burd hypothesized that since the bags eventually do degrade, it must be possible to isolate and augment the degrading agents.
The main article can be read here: http://www.motherjones.com/blue_marble_blog/archives/2008/05/8323_some_kid_invent.html
Now you do not have to feel too guilty about using plastic bags! 🙂
Is that not good news?