June 16, 2011

Review - Plastic (Susan Freinkel)

Have you ever tried to go a day without touching anything that's made out of plastic? Susan Freinkel wanted to do just that, but was soon confronted with the fact that there is no way she could avoid plastic in everyday life. From your toothbrush to the dashboard of your car, from the pen you're holding to shrinkwrapped lettuce at the supermarket. Plastic is everywhere.
Plastic: A Toxic Love Story presents not only the history of plastic, but also the economic and environmental impact this invention has on our lives. Focusing on eight familiar plastic objects such as a comb, IV-bag, soda bottle and credit-card, Freinkel tells the stories behind each of them, from production to the sales floor straight to the consumer, from the wonders they do and the harm they can bring.
Engagingly written and highly informative this book presents a balanced overview on our dependency on plastic. It is not only convenient, but quite often indispensable, freeing us from the limits natural materials impose. Though far too often this freedom comes at a cost. Especially the chapter about the IV-bags has been an eye-opener for me - they save lives while at the same time harming through toxics that keep the bag soft. The book does not offer easy solutions other then the necessity to rethink our relationship with the material world, but maybe that's the first and most important step after all.
In short: A fascinating journey through our plasticized lives!

4/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley.com book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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