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Plastic: A Toxic Love Story (urspr publ 2011; utgåvan 2011)

av Susan Freinkel

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In this probing look at how plastic built the modern world-- and the price the world has paid for plastic-- journalist Freinkel points out that we're nearing a crisis point and gives readers the tools needed through lively anecdotes and analysis.
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Titel:Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
Författare:Susan Freinkel
Info:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kindle Edition, 336 pages
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Plastic: A Toxic Love Story av Susan Freinkel (2011)

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This book takes us through the history of plastic, the different types of plastics and how they are made; and it focuses on certain common plastic items, such as: Frisbee, comb, chair, lighters, shopping bags, bottles and medical supplies.

I really liked this. It was very interesting. There were some sections of chemistry that I maybe didn’t quite “get” (or even if I did while I was reading it, I can’t recall it now), but overall, this was very readable. Other topics in this book include “bioplastics”, the effect on wildlife and the oceans, plastic (i.e. credit) cards, etc. Personally, I’ve been trying for a while now to buy less plastic, but it is pretty much impossible to cut it out; it’s so entrenched. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jan 5, 2018 |
A detailed look at the modern world's infatuation with plastic and the mess it's leaving behind. The author looks at plastics through several small items that are so commonplace most of us probably don't think about them, starting with the comb, and working her way up to that icon of anti-environmentalism, bottled water. She researched her story well, and writes in an interesting, engaging fashion. The only weakness is her tendency to take too many people at their word. There are many places where she does question received wisdom, but the minute they have a "scientific study" she accepts the findings without digging any further. Otherwise, a valuable piece of work. ( )
  Devil_llama | Nov 11, 2015 |
What an utterly interesting book, subdivided interestingly as well: by noteworthy plastic product, ordered by progressive toxicity to Earth and life. The research is phenomenal and I learned something new, different and thought-provoking in every chapter. While reading, I discovered more material to read on the subject. I'll get after those. Plastic Beach looks interesting. The Pacific Garbage Patch is something I need to see with my own eyes. It's on the Bucket List. ( )
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
I really liked Susan's book. She was informative, mildly humorous, and straightforward. Susan presented a history of plastics, a story of six different plastic items including the chair, comb, bag, frisbee, bottle, and credit card. She then looked at efforts related to dealing with biodegradable plastics and its impact on the planet. She was well researched and provided a level analysis of the issues related to plastics including the impact on wildlife, the environment, and on technological advances. I was interested in how recycling takes place as well as the manufacturing of plastics and she covered some information on these topics. I firmly recommend this book to anyone who lives on planet earth and uses plastic. ( )
  GlennBell | Dec 11, 2013 |
Well-written, easily understandable pop-sci take on our plastic lives. I learned some things, was graphically reminded of others, and renewed my acquaintance with the cleverly named but disastrous nurdle.

Freinkel gives us a snapshot of the current state of plastic use, reuse and toxicity. Well worth reading, but I suspect it's a book that's going to need to be rewritten every couple of years as things change. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
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I wonder if it would have done any good then
If I had walked over and explained a few things to them

About Plastic?
About how it is so much easier to stretch than
human nature,

which accounts for some of the strain imposed on
the late 20th-century self ...

—Tony Hoagland, "Plastic"
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In 1950, a Philadelphia toy company came out with a new accessory for electric-train enthusiasts: snap-together kits of plastic buildings for a place it called Plasticville, U.S.A. (Introduction)
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