In Mike Nichols’s 1967 film, The Graduate, a disillusioned college grad, Ben, played by Dustin Hoffman, is taken aside at a party by a family friend, Mr. McGuire.
“I want to say one word to you, just one word,” Mr. McGuire tells him.
“Yes, I am,” Ben says, nodding.
“Exactly how do you mean?” Ben asks.
“There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?”
In the 1960s, plastics were mostly used for durable goods, from car seats to sleek, Italian-designed kitchenware. Shortly thereafter, the use of single-use, throwaway plastic for beverages, food, shopping bags and containers exploded, creating fortunes for the petrochemicals companies that would churn out hundreds of millions of tons of polyethylene, the most common and cheapest of the plastics.
Today, production is still continuing, plastics have become more dangerous than nuclear weapon
What can be done about it?
The plastics manufacturing business is global industry with enormous power. It invests a lot and it has created a lot of jobs.
Population growth and wealthier economies pretty much guarantee plastics production and demand will remain strong.
The world today has an uncontrable demand for plastics Continue reading