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plastic eating mushroom

One of the biggest environmental issues of our time is waste, plastic
waste. While a straw ban will not help to solve the problem, people
everywhere started to look for other solutions, methods, and ways they
can reduce the usage of plastic and mitigate its effect on the
We are working to find solutions for this globally growing problem.
Whether by removing the plastic from the six-pack, handing out
embarrassing labeled plastic bags, or using the power of a
plastic-eating mutant (bacteria).
Well, one more awesome but strange discovery should be added to the
list: A rare mushroom that eats plastic in the same way you and I would
eat a Big Mac at Mcdonald’s.

The mushroom’s ability to devour plastic was first discovered in 2011,
according to reports. While a team of undergraduates and their professor
from Yale were on a research trip in Ecuador. They found Pestalotiopsis
microspore, the mushroom that grows in the Amazon and they were
astonished to find out that this fungus, not only can live feeding on
polyurethane (the plant was the first to sustain itself only on plastic)
but could do so without any oxygen.
Which means that the plant could be planted at the bottom of landfills,
and can be left there feasting on plastic for years to come!
Despite the efforts spent to raise consciousness about the importance of
waste reducing, it seems that the U.S, is still producing tons of
plastic every year, and other reports based on studies declared that
plastic waste recycling is declining by the day.

The amount of plastic waste we are producing is been estimated to be
raised by 3.8% each year. With an estimation of 40 million tons of
plastic waste which is expected to be generated in the year 2019 by the
companies and the consumers in the U.S alone. National Geographic
declared that over the past 60 years alone, we have generated an
estimation of 8.3 billion metric tons of waste that is 100% plastic.
While 83.7% of that plastic waste is expected to end up in landfills,
any solution for the damage we’re causing to our beloved planet could
really make a difference for us and for our environment.

Will these mushrooms be really the final solution for our plastic
problems? Researches are still working on finding out. Until then, what
we can do is help to keep our landfills cleaner by restricting the usage
of single-use plastic in our daily lives.

plastic eating mushroom

Just one thing you need for a fit body

Here’s a simple truth you already know: No amount of motivational posters will help you if you are not in the right place in your head, if you push yourself too hard, never let off steam and fail to manage your expectations. This begs the question: how do you get to that right place inside your head? Well, there are a few tips: 

Give it time. 

It’s not that we cannot stick to exercise for a long period of time because we’re weak; it’s because we try to do it overnight and on top of that we expect immediate results that don’t happen, that make us give up. Commitment to fitness is not something we can just turn on like pulling a switch in our heads; it’s always a gradual process. You start small and you build up from there, one effort at a time, one day at time. You have to slowly re-educate yourself and get used to the idea of exercise, incorporate it in your daily life in small ways first, and only then will you be able to commit to it more seriously long term. 

Reward yourself.  

It’s important that you reward yourself from time to time and have something to look forward to after all of the hard work you are doing. Cheat days exist for that exact reason, to help you stay committed. It is important that you also set a date or pick a day of the week for that. It gives you a goal to aim for: “All I need to do is last until Friday and then I can have some chocolate cake”. This way you don’t just get to keep with your regime you’ll also find that eating a slice of chocolate cake suddenly became a lot more satisfying. 

Be patient. 

There are no shortcuts in fitness, it all takes work, but most of all it takes patience, enough patience to stay on track and enough patience and self-control to not give into fads and crazy diets. Any fast results are temporary results and these are never worth the struggle.  Instead, set yourself for a long run in this, set targets you can actually meet without killing or starving yourself, pick a healthy lifestyle you can actually maintain. 

Integrate it into your lifestyle.

The easiest way to stay committed to fitness, stay healthy and fit without constantly getting off track, is to integrate it into your daily life and make it something you do by default like brushing your teeth in the morning, after all it’s just as much of an investment in your health. Doing something small like working through a list of exercises, but daily, will beat going to the gym twice a week and spending hours and hours there. 

Visualize yourself fit.  

Fitness is all in your head, funnily enough. Yes, it takes hard work and dedication to get in shape and then stay that way but most of it, really, is in seeing yourself as someone who is capable of that, someone who is able to get and be fit. Unless you begin to see yourself in the role and begin to develop a feeling for it, there’s a risk it will always remain just a little out of your reach.

Watch this video to get some great ideas on how can we commit ourselves for fitness and why it it is a must for achieving out fitness goals

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