Author Archives: Susan Freinkel
In Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, I describe how I planned to spend a day not touching any plastic, only to be foiled first thing that morning by my plastic toilet seat. So I spent the day making a list … Continue reading
Here’s a great video from San Francisco’s Save the Bay: watch?v=jSD21zp89zM&feature=player_embedded
When you start taking a hard look at plastics, it often leads you in new and unexpected directions. For instance, you may start wondering about packaging. You stand there with quartet of cucumbers nestled on a plastic tray, cocooned in … Continue reading
Thankfully this one failed. Why, you may ask, are these women wearing plastic beaks? To protect their faces from falling snow! Luckily, in case of cone-failure we could always fall back on the hat.
Plastic: A Toxic Love Story is out. This is a sight that warms my heart:
Here, in no particular order, are some interesting factoids about plastic. I’d love to hear any that you know. Bakelite was invented to replace shellac, then in high demand as an electrical insulator. But supplies were running short as it … Continue reading
The Huffington Post has a piece today by Jon Entine who argues there’s no scientific basis for continuing concerns about the health effects of phthalates, a family of chemicals that are ubiquitous in consumer goods, widely used as plasticizers, lubricants … Continue reading
Earlier this week I spoke by satellite phone with Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, co-founders of 5 Gyres, an organization created to do research and public education on the problem of plastic pollution. By now, the “garbage patch” in the … Continue reading
The photos here and on the following posts give a sense of some of the objects I used to tell the story of plastic. The comb exemplifies the extraordinary imitative powers of the plastic celluloid. It was used to mimic … Continue reading
The credit card: Diner’s Club, started in 1951, introduced the idea of the credit card. In 1958, American Express gave us the card in plastic.