Fatal Attraction: Our Endless Affair with Plastic

Plastic chairby Julie at ProgressiveKid

Since its rise to prominence in the 1950s and ’60s as humanity’s go-to manufacturing material, plastic’s planetary proliferation has been staggering. The fact that this hardy polymer compared to any previously known standards lasts “forever”—that it will take hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of years to biodegrade through Earth’s natural processes—didn’t seem like a liability until recently. If anything, plastic’s space-age indestructibility was a selling point. But now, half a century, billions of users, and trillions of products later, plastic is starting to collect. Imagine, if you dare, every piece of plastic ever made still out there, somewhere, in our ever-contracting world. Continue reading

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