Oyster Mushrooms Can Break Down Disposable Diapers in Just 4 Months

May 28, 2011 by  
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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

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Oyster Mushrooms Can Break Down Disposable Diapers in Just 4 Months

Oyster Mushrooms Can Break Down Diapers in Four Months

May 24, 2011 by  
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Diapers are up there with styrofoam when it comes to things that last forever in landfills.  Surveys of landfills have estimated that it takes hundreds of years for them to break down and when billions are thrown away each year in the U.S. alone, you’ve got quite a large mess.   A few countries have started diaper recycling plants , but most of the world’s dirties get thrown in the trash. Amazingly, the solution may be in your stir fry.  Alethia Vázquez-Morillas, a scientist at Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico City, has found that oyster mushrooms can break down 90 percent of the material in the poop catchers in only two months, and in four months, break them down completely.  And you can still eat the mushrooms, though you may not want to.

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Weekday Vegetarian: Pasta with Swiss Chard and Mushrooms

March 22, 2011 by  
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Photo: Kelly Rossiter The sun is warming up, the robins are here, my garden is growing , and I’m starting to dream about green leafy vegetables. So I broke down the other day and bought some Swiss chard

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