Bees are embracing plastic, and they aren’t alone.
For the first time ever, wild bees in Argentina have constructed a nest entirely out of plastic, Science Alert reports. Previously, North American bee nests were found with individual cells created from plastic, but never an entire nest.
The plastic in question is blue-ish in color and was found stuck on a nearby fence. Plastic may provide adaptive advantages, similar to birds using cigarette butts to repel parasites.
It’s also a rare positive development for beleaguered bee-human relations; pesticides are inducing bee die-offs in unprecedented numbers.
Everyone’s doing it.
Other animals are also finding creative ways to use destructive plastic waste.
Even humans are getting on board.
- Adidas Parleys made of ocean plastic
- G Star RAW’s similar line with Pharrell
- Banners in Virgil Abloh’s new Chicago Nike store
None of this is to say that plastic isn’t still a massive threat to the environment, but it’s something.
The Future. Life finds a way.