As a young and budding environmentalist, I would be remiss if I do not talk about the current movement in several countries of the world to ban the production and use of single-use plastics.
It’s a movement because it is happening at a pace I could not have anticipated. This series will focus on a little history of single-use plastics, its pollution, available alternatives, and effects on the economy and livelihood.
This part will just be a little introduction to the history and pollution of single-use plastics.
The emergence of plastic is not even 200 years old. It began with Alexander Parkes in 1862 with the creation of Parkesine. While trying to develop an alternative for shellac (A material used as an electrical insulator and for waterproofing). However, his experiment was not a success, so he advertised it as an alternative to ivory.
In 1869, John Wesley Hyatt further developed…
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