Researchers discover plastic-eating enzyme that is capable of breaking down polyethylene terephthalate and other plastics. PET is the most commonly used plastic in consumer beverage bottling. It has polluted even the most remote oceanic footprints, causing devastating affects on marine life. Britain’s University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory discovered the natural enzyme in 2016 and have since optimized the natural enzyme to enhance performance. Within days, the modified enzyme began to breakdown PET. The revolutionary discovery is very much in it’s early stages but gives hope to the idea that there is a way to improve recovery and recycling of plastics.