Scientists create enzyme which recycles plastic bottles

Hey, some non-pandemic news: Scientists have created a bacterial enzyme that recycles plastic bottles. The team optimized the enzyme to reduce plastic into chemical building blocks which can later be used to make new bottles, The Guardian reports. Carbios, the company behind the breakthrough, screened over 100,000 micro-organisms before finding the useful bug in leaf compost. Carbios has already partnered with large companies like Pepsi and L’Oréal, with a goal to reach industrial scale by 2024.

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