Plastic A Toxic Love Story

ISBN-10: 054715240X

ISBN-13: 9780547152400

Edition: 2011

Authors: Susan Freinkel
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Description: Plastic built the modern world: Where would be without bike helmets, baggies, toothbrushes, and pacemakers? But a century into our love affair with plastic, we're starting to realize it's not such a healthy relationship. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, they leach harmful chemicals, clog up landfills and destroy marine life. As journalist Susan Freinkel points out in this eye-opening book, we're nearing a crisis point: We've produced more plastic in the last decade than in the entire 20th century. We're literally drowning in the stuff, and we need to start making some hard choices. Freinkel arms us with the tools we need. She combs through scientific studies and economic data, reporting from China and across the United States, to assess the real impact of plastic on our health, environment, and economy. She does this using eight familiar plastic objects: the comb, the chair, the Frisbee, the IV bag, the disposable lighter, the grocery bag, the soda bottle, and the credit card. Each illuminates a different facet of our synthetic world, and together they point us toward a new and sustainable relationship with the material we love to hate but can't seem to live without.

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/18/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.05" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Introduction: Plasticville
Improving on Nature
A Throne for the Common Man
Flitting Through Plasticville
�Humans Are Just a Little Plastic Now�
Matter Out of Place
Battle of the Bag
Closing the Loop
The Meaning of Green
Epilogue: A Bridge
Cast of Characters
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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