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New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster

theguardian.com
  • The super-enzyme is derived from bacteria that evolved to eat plastic, it enables full recycling of plastic bottles, and it might be used for recycling within 2 years.
  • To create it, researchers combined two enzymes from plastic-eating bugs that were discovered in a Japanese waste site in 2016.
  • It works at room temperature, and it would enable 100% recycling, which is essential to solve the global plastic pollution problem.
  • This is just for plastic bottles, but research in this area is moving forward, with different teams working on enzymes that break down different types of plastic.

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