Plastic Eating Enzymes

Ryan King, Staff Writer

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Just in time for Earth day a team of scientist   from the university of portsmouth discovered a plastic eating enzyme to reduce the amount of plastic waste.It would take 450 years for the plastic to breakdown naturally. With the enzyme it can be broke down with in days.Right now there 6.3 billion tons of plastic waste. They are planning to create a improved version of this enzyme before they use in to eat the plastic.

 

Even though they have discovered a enzyme that can break down plastic they still need to find out how they are going to use it. This is not the first time they have tried to use a bug or enzyme to solve our pollution problem. A study team at stanford found a wax worm that eat eats styrofoam.But they did not have a way to use the bug. Even if they find a way to use this enzyme we still need to try to reduce our use of plastic.               

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