Enzyme-Powered Recycling: Transforming Bioplastics into a Sustainable Future

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Enzyme-Powered Recycling: Transforming Bioplastics into a Sustainable Future

Efficient Degradation Process Unveiled

Towards a Circular Economy 

With over 68 million tons of plastic ending up in natural environments in 2023 alone, the need for innovative recycling methods has never been more critical. Bioplastics, derived from renewable sources, present a sustainable alternative but face challenges in production cost and recycling efficiency. The research at King’s College not only offers a solution to these challenges but also presents a pathway to reducing reliance on fossil-based plastics.

This method’s efficiency could revolutionize how we approach single-use bioplastics, offering a scalable and sustainable model for their recycling. The conversion of bioplastics back into monomers for high-quality plastic production aligns with the vision of a circular economy, reducing landfill waste and environmental pollution. Susana Meza Huaman, PhD researcher, highlights the significance: “Our research marks the first step in developing new technologies in waste management for recycling bioplastics that are of equal quality to the virgin product.”

Expanding the Research Scope