Carbiolice will embed these enzymes into single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, to help them biodegrade and avoid contributing toxic waste to the environment.
Carbios’ enzymes degrade plastics made from polylactic acid (PLA), often used in plastic cups. Carbiolice plans to sell these enzymes to plastic manufacturers, who can incorporate them into their PLA plastics to make them biodegradable.
The enzyme-plastic mixes can also be ‘programmed’ to degrade the plastic at different rates depending on the application.
Carbios is also developing enzymes designed to degrade polyethylene terephthalate (PET).