Plastics (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) (Paperback)

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A comprehensive introduction to the plastics life cycle—the impacts on our lives, our future, and our planet—and the actions we can take.

Everywhere we look, we are surrounded by plastics: perhaps you have a book in one hand and your phone—made of various metals, plastics, and glass—in the other, or you are reading this on your polyurethane mattress after having flipped on a plastic light switch. In this Essential Knowledge series volume, Imari Walker-Franklin and Jenna Jambeck provide a deep exploration of the entire life of plastic things—plastics production and use, plastic waste generation and management, the environmental and societal impacts of plastics in our environment, and, finally, the policies that can help reduce pollution caused by our heavy use of plastics. 

One of the most current and comprehensive summaries on the subject, Plastics covers not only ocean and terrestrial plastic pollution but also the potential harms of microplastics on the human body. The authors also explain why we use plastic for so many products, how trash ends up in even the most remote corners of our world, and the alternatives and interventions that can help address our overreliance on this virtually imperishable material. As easily digestible to read as it is important, this book empowers its readers with the crucial knowledge and information they need to make thoughtful consumer choices, influence change, and spark inspiration.

About the Author

Imari Walker-Franklin holds a PhD in environmental engineering and is a research scientist at RTI International in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. Additionally, she is a writer, actor, and director for her science communication YouTube channel, which discusses plastic pollution and its possible solutions.

Jenna Jambeck is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering at the University of Georgia, founder of the Circularity Informatics Lab, co-developer of Marine Debris Tracker, a National Geographic Explorer, and a 2022 MacArthur Fellow.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780262547017
ISBN-10: 0262547015
Publisher: The MIT Press
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2023
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series