World Resources Institute: Plastic Is Your Frenemy
Created in 1869 as a substitute for the ivory in billiard balls, the first primitive synthetic plastic was hailed as the savior of the elephant and a replacement for wood, metal, stone, bone, tusk, and horn. According to the Science History Institute, plastics were then seen as a way to protect the natural world from “the destructive forces of human need.”
Excerpted from an article on WRI.org by Kevin Moss.
Photo credit: Susan White/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service