This “Inadvertently Engineered” Enzyme Could Help the Environment

“Inadvertently engineered” by scientists at the University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy, a new enzyme has been discovered (well, created in actuality) that might help the recycling process—therefore benefitting the environment. This enzyme essentially eats and digests plastics and, while it could revolutionize recycling, Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch says, “We cannot put our hopes on a miracle and we can not expect solutions for harmful substances to be without side affects… At this point in time what we really can count on is if we stop making plastic, if we start taking plastic back from nature, and if we are developing new materials that can replace plastic in the long run, that we can bet on this strategy.” Read more at Dezeen.