By: Amberose Kelley, Sustainability Intern
Western Washington University
Plastic is firmly interwoven into our lives.
A glance around my bedroom confirms this for me: graphing calculator, insulated wires, soled shoes, and in the corner, a growing pile of plastic garbage. Plastic enables me to do homework while eating non-stale Cheerios.
I can only imagine the poly-abundance that has established itself throughout the rest of the house - and despite my conscientious effort to avoid it. It is unavoidable - inexpensive, lightweight, durable, and versatile, a testament to our innovation and chemical mastery, a necessity for the modern manufacturing and (insane amounts of) packaging of endless goods.