The scientists have recently created a substance that is very much capable of eating plastic.
This would be very helpful in tackling the global problem of pollution. This substance would be based on a certain biological catalyst that was produced by a plastic eating bacteria.
This plastic eating bacteria was found in the recycling centre of Japan. According to researchers, this bacteria evolved because they wanted to eat the plastics that were being recycled.
This enzyme actually made the plastic degradation process much faster. Previously in order to degrade the plastic, you would have to wait for your entire life as it would take hundreds of years.
The scientists said that if you fine-tune the enzymes that were naturally produced then you would be able to produce certain things that would help in digesting the plastic in a much more effective manner as compared to any other thing that is produced in nature.
According to the scientists the plastics have to be broken into small chunks and the new substance that has been discovered would be helpful in recycling a number of plastic bottles.
Plastic is very much resistant to the process of natural degradation and the discovery of the bacteria that is capable of eating plastic could actually be considered to be one of the best discoveries that would help in fighting pollution.
Professor John McGeehan and his team were able to create a superpower version of the enzymes that were actually capable of eating plastics.
However, in order to recycle the plastics, it is important to break them down into smaller pieces and this is not at all good for the environment. In fact, it creates something called microplastics that could have a very bad effect on the potential environment.
However, to this claim, the scientists said that their discovery could help in making the process of plastic recycling much more effective. This is undoubtedly one of the best technologies that would be very helpful in reducing the pollution caused by plastic.
The polymers and the oil derived plastics are very harmful to the environment and should be degraded immediately.