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All posts tagged: plastic pollution

PET Plastic Recycling By Breakthrough Enzyme Technology

Plastic recycling, especially PET plastic, is a complex issue that needs to be solved to protect the environment, as well as combat climate change. Among the technologies currently under development, the French start-up Carbios, after more than 10 years of research and experimentation, has become one of the leading “plastic-eating” mutant enzymes to recycle PET

decompose Styrofoam

Polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, is a commonly used plastic in packaging and insulation industry. However, recycling is extremely difficult, and most places do not accept collection for recycling. Many countries around the world and some states in the US have enacted a total or partial ban on polystyrene foam. However, it is still

plastic pollution thanks to bacteria

Our lakes, rivers and oceans are increasingly polluted by plastic. They are released from useful and incredibly durable plastic products produced by the oil and gas industry. This huge amount of plastic waste has grown exponentially over the past 60 years. Around 10 million tons of plastic bottles, nets, bags, buckets and food packaging, are

plastic-eating enzyme

The invention of a “plastic-eating enzyme” by University of Texas researchers is described in the peer-reviewed journal Nature on April 27. They mutated the natural enzyme PETase into one that could swiftly break down plastics derived from the polymer polyethylene terephthalate, generally known as PET, using machine learning technology. Researchers noted in a university press

plastic waste

Plastic waste is becoming the biggest concern globally. More than 99 percent of plastic is made from chemicals derived from fossil fuels, and the two industries are inextricably linked. According to the Center for International Environmental Law, the United States’ natural gas boom is fueling an increase in plastic production, which raises pollution risks of


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