An enzyme that can dissolve plastic rubbish?

Every now and then you come across an article that makes you so excited!

It is so easy to become disillusioned when you see so many pictures of our oceans filled with plastic, rivers running black with pollution, whilst the government continues the spin against investing in renewable energy, against agreeing to deliver on environmental targets, all the while seemingly protecting Corporations against any accountability for the environmental impact of their actions.

What made me so excited to share this article, was not just the future impact that such a discovery could have on the escalating disaster that is the great giant garbage patch in our oceans. Rather it was the sentiments of the Professor, the understanding that while science has delivered some powerful inventions, it also has a responsibility to play in the creation of plastic materials, and consequently needs to show leadership in finding a solution to this toxic pollutant.

Professor John McGeehan, from the University of Portsmouth, with a colleague, has accidentally stumbled across an enzyme that can dissolve and break down plastic. This could provide the solution to billions of tonnes of plastic waste produced each year.

To quote Professor McGeehan "We can all play a significant part in dealing with the plastic problem, but the scientific community who ultimately created these 'wonder materials' must now use all the technology at their disposal to develop real solutions"

Love that man!

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Authors Note:

At Bamboo Monkey, we use naturally sourced bamboo fibres for our bamboo socks and clothing. Our reusable coffee cup is also sourced from bamboo. We do not want the legacy of our products polluting the sea or the land for that matter, thus all our products are biodegradable. We need to show the planet we care.

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