Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
How can we learn to live with the material that never dies?
Plastic built the modern world. It's everywhere: just try to get through a day without touching anything made from it. But our love affair with this endlessly versatile and alluring substance is turning out to be a very complex relationship. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes and destroy marine life. And we've produced nearly as much of the stuff in the past decade as we did in the entire twentieth century.
Susan Freinkel delves into history, science and the global economy, reporting from China, Australia and across the United States, to assess the full impact of plastic on our lives. With a blend of lively anecdotes and analysis, she points the way to a new creative partnership with the material we love to hate but can't seem to live without.
'It turns out that plastic is not only an ongoing environmental peril, but a compulsively interesting story.' Bill McKibben
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing
A detailed look at the modern world's infatuation with plastic and the mess it's leaving behind. The author looks at plastics through several small items that are so commonplace most of us probably ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MartinBodek - LibraryThing
What an utterly interesting book, subdivided interestingly as well: by noteworthy plastic product, ordered by progressive toxicity to Earth and life. The research is phenomenal and I learned something ... Read full review