I finished reading Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel. In this book, she gives a balanced and thorough view of our complex and dependent relationship with plastic. The demand for plastic today is ever-increasing and so are the unwelcome consequences. One such unfortunate side-effect of our overuse of plastic is The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex. This huge area of floating plastic debris is the size of Texas and constantly endangers marine life. Now, the book isn’t only filled with depressing plastic facts. Freinkel also spotlights those who are working to make eco-friendly and biodegradable plastics. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but it is up to us to make more responsible informed decisions about our plastic consumption and disposable habits.
I would still have this book on my desk if it hadn’t been overdue from the Denver Public Library (sorry to the person who was waiting for my copy). I returned the book yesterday after finishing it and gladly paid my $1 late fine. If you are even remotely interested in learning more about plastics, please read this book.