Our Plastic Problem and How to Solve It

Our Plastic Problem and How to Solve It

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No. of pages:220 pages
Size:235x158x17 mm
Weight:450 g
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Our Plastic Problem and How to Solve It considers plastic's harms and offers a spectrum of public and private solutions.

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Plastic pollution is a global problem that defies a singular solution. Our Plastic Problem and How to Solve It considers plastic's harm to the environment, from its production to its disposal, and offers a spectrum of solutions that require action by local and federal governments, businesses and non-profits, and individuals. Using specific examples and case studies, the book describes the history and chemistry of plastic, illustrates its harms, and points toward specific legislation and policies to offer concrete solutions. Plastic pollution is ubiquitous and has impacts on soil, food, air, and water. To solve our plastic problem, collaboration across disciplines will be critical; innovations in science, law, and design will be essential. The book demonstrates the need to approach environmental problems from an interdisciplinary lens, and will benefit anyone interested in learning more about the harms and solutions associated with plastic pollution.

"Sarah Morath explores the plastics problem with careful research, compelling examples, vivid insights, and thoughtful suggestions about the path forward - covering the laws, treaties, policies, organizations, strategies, and industries that will be critical to bringing an end to plastic pollution, and moving society toward a sustainable future." Dan Esty, Yale Law and Environment Schools; Editor,&&&160;A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future
Table of Contents:
Part I. Plastic in the Environment: 1. The proliferation of plastic; 2. Measuring plastic: 'You can't manage what you don't measure.'; 3. Plastic as a pollutant: A revolutionary material becomes a global threat; Part II. Multimodal Approaches to Solving Our Plastic Problem: 4. Federal efforts; 5. State and local efforts; 6. International efforts; 7. Business, NGO and individual efforts; Part III. Innovation and Design: 8. Plastic alternatives: bioplastics and material; 9. Plastic's end: recycling, removal and revaluing; 10. The circular economy.