International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 5 Issue 6 2015- May 2015  Pages:1091- 1105  <<Previous    Next>>

Polythene and environment

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Alka Grover1, Akanksha Gupta1, Shivani Chandra1, Abha Kumari1 and SM Paul Khurana1
1- Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University, Sector 125, Noida 201301 (U.P), India
2- Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University, Manesar, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

ABSTRACT

Use of polythene is increasing day by day and now it can be seen that polythene is being used in almost every activity of life. It has been estimated that India's polythene demand is expected to increase by 129 % by 2023.   With the increased use of polythene, the pollution level caused by it will also be increased, affecting almost every kind of environment including terrestrial as well as aquatic biome. There are various methods for lowering down the polythene littering; having their own associated pros and cons. Among all other methods biological degradation appears to be the most promising method. Microbes utilize the polythene as source of carbon and use their enzymatic machinery to solubilize it. In this study an array of microbes have been studied for their biodegradation capacity of polythene

Keywords: Plastic, Polythene, Biodegradation, Enzyme, Microrganism.

DOI:10.6088/ijes.2014050100103

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