Science has a long way to go! An international team of researchers from the Britain’s University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has engineered a plastic-eating enzyme. Wow, it is a world first in an effort to find a solution for the 300m tonnes of plastic produced every year. This research made while examining the Japanese recycling plant feeds on the world’s most common plastic known as PET.
The enzyme is dubbed as Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, which is able to eat polyethylene terephthalate and PET. Both were patented as a plastic in the year 1940’s and used in million tons of plastic bottles. Additionally, it can also degrade polyethylene furandicarboxylate or PEF, a bio-based substitute for PET plastics that are being used in glass beer bottles. Here is a shocking survey, in a single minute one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans. So, if this enzyme been used, it is predicted that by 2050 there will be no more plastic in the oceans. Scientists hope that an enzyme will eat up!
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