Plastic-destroying enzymes easily wipe out plastics in just a few days
By Adnan Tazvir
There is no need to give any new more explanation about how harmful plastic products are to the environment. Still, Mankind is not exempt from plastic even after all these years have passed. Therefore, the world does not even know any easy way to get rid of plastics; what if there created mountains of plastics.
This time the scientists showed the direction of that path. After a long effort, they have been able to make a plastic destroying enzyme. This enzyme easily eliminates the existence of plastic in just a few days.
This enzyme makes from a mixture of two chemicals – PETase and MHETase. A chemical called “Ideonella sakaiensis” is capable of producing these chemicals. This bacterium is especially effective on the type of plastic that mainly uses in plastic bottles.
John McGeehan, a professor at the University of Portsmouth in England, says there is no way to destroy plastics artificially now. However, if this enzyme is mixed in the plastic thrown in the garbage, those plastics start to break down slowly and finally merge within a few days.
Earlier in 2018, McGeehan had made such an enzyme by mistake. However, the efficiency of that enzyme was much lower than it was.
Scientists continue to do more work based on his research. Extensive research is doing on how to increase the efficiency of this enzyme.
Eventually, this effect enhances by mixing multiple enzymes. McGeehan said that the stomach edge attacks the upper part of the plastic and breaks down the MHET-edge plastic into tiny parts.
Therefore, if the two are used together, their efficiency increases, and they can get easy results.