Can Plastic-Eating Enzymes Save our Planet?

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Over 400 million tons of plastics are produced each year and the vast majority eventually becomes waste, a taxing burden on our environment, climate, and energy usage. We need to transition away from traditional recycling and chemical treatments that require a lot of energy, create pollution, and spit out products that aren’t as good as the original plastics. Plastic-eating enzymes offer a unique opportunity to solve this challenge, and create a true circularity to plastics whereby discarded plastic can be turned into new plastic.

Come learn about recent advances in developing enzymes that can degrade single-use plastics in a matter of hours as well as strategies and challenges for deploying these technologies.

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Hal Alper

The University of Texas at Austin

This event will be in person

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Presentation

Type:

Session

Track:

Climate Change

Level:

Intermediate