|But all this plastic – or most of it – eventually ends up in the water supply, including the drinking water and the oceans. |
Dead oceans mean dead people – either through famine, or, if the marine algaes that make 60-80% of the oxygen we breathe are also extinguished, through oxygen deficiency.
Thus the absolute need for the Plastics Reformation... organic and biodegradable substitutes must be found to perform the chores now done by plastics. Moulded and baked fungus, textiles made of milkweed, silicone food storage bags? All exist. ..
The colourful Mr Trash Wheel, a solar-powered collector in operation in Baltimore, might be a start... More recently, plastic-digesting waxworms have been discovered whose enzymes could in theory be synthesised. We may yet save ourselves from being plasticised to death.If so, would there be a counter-reformation?
Will protesters march with signs reading Plastics for Ever and Bring Back Plastic Hula Hoops? Maybe. But once the Plastics Reformation gets going, these Luddites will be no match for Mr Trash Wheel and the Waxworms.