Scientists stumble upon plastic-eating enzyme

May 04, 2018, 3:10 AM EDT
(Source: Rusty Clark ~ 100K Photos/flickr)
(Source: Rusty Clark ~ 100K Photos/flickr)

The long list of life-changing inventions that happened accidently now has a new entrant, which could potentially change the face of the recycling industry.

The scientists at the University of Portsmouth found that a bacterium from a waste dump in Japan releases an enzyme, which on minor tinkering, breaks down plastic in a matter of days, writes Engadget.

When the world buys nearly a million plastic bottles every minute, “wonder materials” like the one promised by this surprise invention could bolster the fight against sickening plastic pollution, reports USA Today.