Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

Version: Unabridged
Author: Susan Freinkel
Narrator: Pam Ward
Genres: History, Science & Technology, Animals & Nature
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Published In: April 2011
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 15 minutes
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Plastic built the modern world. Where would we be without bike helmets, baggies, toothbrushes, and pacemakers? But a century into our love affair with plastic, we're starting to realize it's not such a healthy relationship. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes, and destroy marine life. As journalist Susan Freinkel points out in this engaging and eye-opening book, we're nearing a crisis point. We're drowning in the stuff, and we need to start making some hard choices. Freinkel gives us the tools we need with a blend of lively anecdotes and analysis. She combs through scientific studies and economic data, reporting from China and across the United States to assess the real impact of plastic on our lives. She tells her story through eight familiar plastic objects: comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and credit card. Her conclusion: we cannot stay on our plastic-paved path. Plastic points the way toward a new creative partnership with the material we love to hate but can't seem to live without.

Reviews (1)

Written by Logan Lefler on March 13th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

excellent, so much information and very well narrated.

Author Details

Author Details

Freinkel, Susan

SUSAN FREINKEL has written for the New York Times, Discover, Smithsonian, and Health, among other publications. She is the author of The American Chestnut, which Mary Roach called a perfect book and Richard Preston described as a beautifully written account filled with top-notch writing and reporting.