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What would happen if plastic was edible?

Posted by Jack on December 20, 2022
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    We've all heard that if we don't recycle, our children will have to eat their sandwiches off of trash. But what if this isn't true? What if we could actually get rid of all that disposable waste by eating it instead? Even better, what if there was a way to turn plastic into food? Well, I'm here to give you the low-down on some of the most popular ideas for converting plastic waste into edible products. Today's topic: Eating Plastic

    We could eat plastic bags and drink cups without feeling guilty about all that waste.

    Plastic is made from oil, and oil is a non-renewable resource. So when you're eating your lunch with a plastic fork and drinking from a plastic cup, you're essentially using fossil fuels to make lunch.

    We could eat plastic bags and drink cups without feeling guilty about all that waste!

    Plastic would become a renewable resource.

    If plastic was edible, it would become a renewable resource. Plastic is made from oil, which is a non-renewable resource. Oil is created from dead organic matter that has been buried for millions of years. It's an old process that takes millions of years to happen again, so once we use up all our oil reserves (which we're doing right now), there won't be any more left over at all!

    However, if we were able to recycle our plastics instead of throwing them away after one use--like they do in some countries like Sweden--then we could reuse those same materials again and again into new products that can also be recycled multiple times before they're finally discarded forever into landfills where they'll sit until they decompose back into nature once again someday far off into the future when humans aren't around anymore...

    We might get rid of all those pesky recycling bins.

    If plastic was edible, we might get rid of all those pesky recycling bins. Why? Because our bodies would be able to break down and recycle plastic on their own.

    It sounds crazy, but it's actually not as far-fetched as you might think. Scientists have already successfully turned some types of waste into edible food that can be digested by humans--and even animals! One example is "eco-foam," which is made from recycled materials like plastic bottles and Styrofoam cups (those things that take up so much space in landfills). Eco-foam tastes like chocolate cake when eaten raw--but when cooked with other ingredients for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 Celsius), it becomes a delicious brownie batter that you can bake into delicious cookies or brownies!

    Another great example comes from Japan: Researchers there created a type of seaweed called "dulse" out of seaweed leftovers after harvesting wild sea vegetables; they then used this new strain as an ingredient in soups and salads at restaurants across Tokyo!

    You could eat your sandwich with plastic cutlery.

    If plastic was edible, you could eat your sandwich with plastic cutlery.

    Plastic cutlery is made from polypropylene (PP), which is a type of plastic that's safe to eat. Food grade plastics are safe to consume and can be found in many products including baby bottles and water bottles. However, not all plastics are food grade; some may contain chemicals or additives that are not safe for human consumption.

    Your plastic plate would be a breeding ground for bacteria.

    If you were to eat plastic, you'd be consuming bacteria.

    There are many reasons why this is a bad idea:

    • Plastic doesn't biodegrade--it's made of synthetic chemicals that don't break down naturally. Instead, they just hang around in landfills for thousands of years and leach toxic chemicals into the soil when they do degrade (which still isn't great).
    • Bacteria love to grow on all kinds of surfaces, including plastic ones. So if you were eating food on a plate made out of some kind of edible material like wood or metal, chances are good that there wouldn't be much bacteria growing there at all! But because your plastic plate would be constantly exposed to air from being washed in hot water every day (or even just left sitting out), there would definitely be plenty for those little guys to munch on over time."

    Eating plastic would probably not be a good idea after all!

    Plastic is not biodegradable, which means it doesn't break down over time. That means that if you eat it, your body will have to work extra hard to break down the plastic into smaller pieces and then get rid of those pieces through your digestive system. This could lead to serious health problems like stomachaches or even an allergic reaction!

    Plastic also isn't good for the environment because when it breaks down into small pieces called microplastics, animals can mistake them for food and eat them (which can kill them). If you think about how many animals live in our oceans--and how many of us like seafood--it's easy to imagine why this would be bad news!

    Plus there are more reasons why eating plastic wouldn't be great:


    The takeaway from this experiment is that eating plastic would not be a good idea. In fact, it could actually kill you!


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