Plastic eating enzyme! The new hope discovered!

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Plastic eating enzyme – the newly found solution for plastic pollution crisis. The accumulation of plastic products has undoubtedly affected our surroundings in numerous ways. Plastic wastes are discarded every day and almost everywhere, be it on our roads, oceans, rivers and lands. Plastic waste in other word is considered as an environmental pollutant. Millions of plastic products are bought around the world, drink plastic packaging, food plastic packaging, plastic bottles and much more which at the end of the day is leading to an environmental crisis and is more harmful as ever for us and for the environment.


Have a sustainable tour around the country, go to the river or to the beach and take the initiative to clean the environment. How many thrash do you think you will be able to pick in one hour? The answer would be countless, and most of the thrash would be something made of plastic. Plastic bags are designed to last for a very long time and are not degradable, but the time has come to get rid of this issue. This is where the super fast plastic eating enzyme comes into play. Found in Japanese dump and produced by a bacteria, it was discovered that enzyme has the ability to break plastic down.


Professor John McGeehan and his colleagues from the University of Portsmouth created the plastic eating enzyme. It has been found that the chemical substance has the potential to recover and recycle plastics, and can help fight against plastic pollution crisis. What does the enzyme do? Scientists have engineered the enzyme with the goal to use it to digest polyethylene terephthalate or PET. PET is basically a type of plastic which is used to manufacture plastic bottles. The enzyme is said to have been improved, made faster and better than the natural one, in doing so, the enzyme now accelerates the degradation process of the plastic.

plastic eating enzyme A high definition 3D-model of the enzyme was created using a powerful X-ray beamline. Credit: The Times


Strong as it is, PET used in bottles take years to break down and eventually becomes harmful to the environment. With the newly found solution, it has been tested that the improved version of the enzyme can break the PET materials in just a few days. “Although the improvement is modest, this unanticipated discovery suggests that there is room to further improve these enzymes, moving us closer to a recycling solution for the ever-growing mountain of discarded plastics.” Further improvements are being made to the plastic eating enzyme so as it can break down plastics in a fraction of the time, the scientists from the University of Portsmouth stated.

What Scientist Are Saying About The Plastic Eating Enzyme

“There is an urgent need to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the landfill and the environment, and I think if we can adopt these technologies we actually have a potential solution in the future to doing that” Professor McGeehan added. Various awareness campaigns were launched regarding plastic pollution crisis, local efforts were asked and in some countries, the use of plastic was banned to help fight this crisis. “We can all play a significant part in dealing with the plastic problem,” they added. “But the scientific community who ultimately created these ‘wonder-materials’ must now use all the technology at their disposal to develop real solutions.” This plastic eating enzyme brings new hope indeed!


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