How ‘super-enzymes’ that eat plastics could curb our waste problem

AJ Gonzalez | February 28, 2022

The Guardian, Michael Marshall, Sat 5 Feb 2022 12.00 EST

Nudged along by scientists and evolution, micro-organisms that digest plastics have the potential to create an efficient method of recycling

  1. Despite the popular image, only a small fraction of this ends up in the ocean – but the seas may still be absorbing more than 10m tonnes of plastic every year.
  2. The solution is not to stop using plastics altogether, because they are incredibly useful.   But we do need a revolution in how we handle plastics, and this is where the micro-organisms come in.
  3. Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6 could use the plastic as its sole energy and food source.

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