The Sustainable World Book Club's next reading is "Plastic: A Toxic Love Story" by Susan Freinkel. Freinkel focuses on eight common plastic items: combs, chairs, IV bags, Frisbees, disposable lighters, grocery bags, soda bottles and credit cards. She describes the origins of these everyday items and explains the kinds of plastics used in their manufacture.
More to the point, she discusses the main problem with plastic: it never really "goes away"; it just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic. Some of this plastic ends up littering the sides of our local roads, but some ends up in the ocean, killing sea creatures and littering once-pristine shorelines. Some plastic even ends up in our bloodstream! Plastic has enabled us to live the way we do now, but at what cost? Find out in this fascinating and readable book!