Break down PET with Plastic Eating Enzymes

PET Bottles packed together in landfill

Around the world, several research projects are exploring the potential of enzymes, the part of the microorganisms responsible for digesting plastic, to help tackle plastic waste.

Oil-derived plastics and polymers are resistant to degradation.



  • Potential to break down plastic into component parts which can be reused
  • The plastic does not have to be clean for this to work
  • Could be used in different environments


  • Still in the research and piloting stage
  • Not scalable yet
  • More information needed on waste products from the process

Making a difference

In 10 hours, with Carbios' new process, a metric ton of shredded plastic will be 90% degraded.

There are hundreds of other ways to solve plastic pollution