Susan Freinkel and our Plastic-Filled Lives

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Until reading the first chapter of Susan Freinkel's new book, you might not realize just how many things in your life are made of plastic, from your gym clothes to your refrigerator. But what does all this new — and sometimes life-saving, or at least life-altering — material mean for how we live our lives? And what are the consequences of a single-use culture? We talk with Freinkel about her new book, "Plastic: A Toxic Love Story" and ask, "paper or plastic?"


Susan Freinkel

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [2]

Cornelia from Atlanta

I would like to know what applications plastic are used best in.

Apr. 21 2011 01:48 PM
carol Lukowski from warwick, ri

Ha...really...for the past several years I have been involved with combatting the use of plastic/poly meat trays by a local market.
I first noticed tiny bits of plastic after unwrapping is very difficult to see especially with ground meat...
The store has been cooperative to a point in addressing this issue however, the fact that they have been using this type of product means that thousands of people who purchased meat have ingested particles of plastic...
It goes your article mentioned maybe we are all now part plastic!!!

Apr. 21 2011 09:10 AM

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