Plastic is the substrate of modern life, and the planet is paying for it
Zoë SchlangerMorning, today I published a story on the insane fact that only 9% of all plastic produced gets recycled, and the vast majority of single-use plastic in our lives *cannot* be recycled, despite what 40 years of messaging might have you believe qz.com/1738706/the-fu…pic.twitter.com/pIAkEiZh7L
Zoë SchlangerPlastic is made from oil and gas; it’s a useful petrochemical because it uses parts of the oil + gas production process that were previously considered waste products. Hooray, said the energy companies. Two generations later, and plastic is ubiquitous.
Zoë SchlangerI could keep going. There's a lot more to cover. Like did you know the packaging industry popularized the concept of a "litterbug," effectively making plastic trash a moralistic individual responsibility, instead of their own corporate responsibility?
Zoë SchlangerThe fires were reported by members of a volunteer fire patrol mounted by members of the nearby Guajajara tribe. The loggers who set the fires are reportedly armed, and are preventing the Guajajara firefighters from battling the blazes.
When completed, Royal Dutch Shell's newest plant in Pittsburgh will produce millions of tons of plastic.
Zoë SchlangerGood morning. Shell is setting up to make millions of tons of virgin plastic in Pennsylvania. It will all be born into the world as little pellets the size of lentils. These babies roll around and end up everywhere. And the US has no way to regulate them. qz.com/1689529/nurdle…pic.twitter.com/Z0ob3wfX02