The discovery of Pestalotiopsis’ ability to decompose plastic led to further research into plastic decomposition by fungi. Researchers have now found that many species are capable of plastic bioremediation including the common, edible Oyster mushroom. The Oyster mushroom is capable of decomposing plastic while still creating an edible mushroom. This opens up doors for its use as an at-home recycling system. Researcher Katharina Unger created a prototype of an at-home Oyster mushroom recycling system called the “Fungi Mutarium.” In the “Fungi Mutarium” pieces of plastic would be placed in capsules containing the Oyster mushroom. The fungi would then grow on the capsule where it could be harvested for consumption.
The most important action you can take to combat the plastic problem is reducing plastic consumption. However, plastic-eating mushrooms provide an organic solution to removing the plastic that is already polluting our environment.