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Biodegradable Plastics are Finally Here

Berkeley scientists have invented biodegradable plastic and resolved a long-standing issue with plastic that could change how it is used and reused. This new process degrades up to 98% of the plastic. Something that has not been achieved previously.

The new biodegradable plastic can be easily broken down with water and heat. It has polyester-eating enzymes embedded in the plastic as it is made. And, the enzymes are then protected by a simple polymer wrapping, which prevents the enzyme from untangling. When it is exposed to heat and water, the enzyme is activated and gets rid of the polymer to begin the process of consuming the plastic polymer.

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