Plastic A Toxic Love Story
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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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Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/18/2011
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
|Improving on Nature|
|A Throne for the Common Man|
|Flitting Through Plasticville|
|ï¿½Humans Are Just a Little Plastic Nowï¿½|
|Matter Out of Place|
|Battle of the Bag|
|Closing the Loop|
|The Meaning of Green|
|Epilogue: A Bridge|
|Cast of Characters|