Friday, March 11, 2016

Eating Plastic

For a while, tracking down a bacteria that can digest plastic has been a holy grail. The newest, Ideonella sakaiensis, chows down on PET - used in bottles and clothing - by producing a special enzyme that can be isolated and used.

It breaks plastic down into easy to store chemicals that can then be used to...make more plastic. (It produces a higher quality of plastic than traditional recycling).

Gotta love those bugs.