A LIFETIME OF PLASTIC
The first plastics made from fossil fuels are just over a century old. They came into widespread use after World War II and are found today in everything from cars to medical devices to food packaging. Their useful lifetime varies. Once disposed of, they break down into smaller fragments that linger for centuries.
The miracle material has made modern life possible. But more than 40 percent of it is used just once, and it’s choking our waterways. Know the past to plan the future, read this interesting article by Laura Parker for National Geographic to understand how we got here.
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