eBook Peak Plastic: The Rise or Fall of Our Synthetic World, 1st Edition

  • Jack Buffington
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  • ISBN-10: 1440864179
  • ISBN-13: 9781440864179
  • DDC: 363.738
  • 160 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released February 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019
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Plastics! In the 50 years since Dustin Hoffman's character in The Graduate was instructed that this was the career field of the future, we have not been able to escape this ubiquitous but poorly understood material. This book argues that the plastics crisis is careening toward a tipping point from which there will be no return. There is still time, however, to do something about this crisis if we have the imagination and the will to move away from the failed policies of the past. This book is the first to propose a new model for linking our synthetic world to the natural one, rather than seeking to treat them as separate entities. The key is supply chain innovation. The author presents five market-based solutions based on this principle that will allow consumers to continue to use plastic, which has in many ways enabled our way of life. He also addresses the proliferation of plastic as we know it and considers how the material itself might be adapted for a sustainable future.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: What Is Peak Plastic?.
2: The Good, Bad, and Unknown of Plastic.
3: The Waste-Driven Supply Chain.
4: 2030: A Plastic Tipping Point (Peak Plastic).
5: The Alternative to Peak Plastic: Exponential Thinking.
6: Solution 1: Stop the Bleeding.
7: Solution 2: Open-Source/Access Plastic (Open-Source Capitalism).
8: Solution 3: Sustainable Polymerization.
9: Solution 4: A Closed-Loop System for Plastic.
10: Solution 5: Fixing the Invisibility Problem.
11: Summary: Make It Happen.
About the Author.