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Plastic. A Toxic Love Story | Susan Freinkel | 9780547152400

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Plastic

A Toxic Love Story

Auteur:Susan Freinkel

Uitgever:Houghton Mifflin

ISBN: 978-0-547-15240-0

  • Hardcover
  • Engels
  • 324 pagina's
  • 18 apr. 2011

Lots of plastic is used in the modern world. Where would we be without pacemakers, polyester, computers, cellphones, sneakers or chewing gum?

But a century into our love affair with plastic, Susan Freinkel starts to realize it’s not such a healthy one. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes, and destroy marine life. And yet each year we use and consume more; we’ve produced as much plastic in the past decade as we did in the entire twentieth century. We’re trapped in an unhealthy dependence - a toxic relationship.

Freinkel shows in this engaging and eye-opening book that we have reached a crisis point. Freinkel treks through history, science and the global economy to assess the real impact of plastic in our lives.  She tells her story through eight familiar plastic objects: the comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and credit card. Each one illuminates a different facet of our synthetic world, and together they give us a new way of thinking about a substance that has become the defining medium - and metaphor - of our age.

Lots of plastic is used in the modern world. Where would we be without pacemakers, polyester, computers, cellphones, sneakers or chewing gum?

But a century into our love affair with plastic, Susan Freinkel starts to realize it’s not such a healthy one. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes, and destroy marine life. And yet each year we use and consume more; we’ve produced as much plastic in the past decade as we did in the entire twentieth century. We’re trapped in an unhealthy dependence - a toxic relationship.

Freinkel shows in this engaging and eye-opening book that we have reached a crisis point. Freinkel treks through history, science and the global economy to assess the real impact of plastic in our lives.  She tells her story through eight familiar plastic objects: the comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and credit card. Each one illuminates a different facet of our synthetic world, and together they give us a new way of thinking about a substance that has become the defining medium - and metaphor - of our age.

Freinkel’s conclusion? We cannot stay on our plastic-paved path. And we don’t have to. Plastic points the way toward a new creative partnership with the material we love to hate but can’t seem to live without.

A must read for those interested in the material and in ways to change our relationship with this wondrous material.

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