Accidentally-developed enzyme eats plastics
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According to a study by the Guardian newspaper, an astounding one million plastic bottles are sold each minute around the world. Only a small amount of these are recycled, leaving the rest to pile up in landfills and in the oceans. At Springwise, we have seen innovative ways of reducing the use of plastics, including dissolvable packaging and a squeezable water bottle made from titanium. Now, scientists at the University of Portsmouth have taken a step forward in plastic recycling engineering an enzyme which can digest polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics.
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