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Plastic-less living?

Plastic. It’s hard to imagine the modern world without it.

Earth watch Simon Marsh
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It’s in virtually every consumer product conceivable, from clothes to computers and cars and much else. It’s almost ubiquitous, yet it’s only been around for little more than a century. The Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite, the first fully synthetic plastic, in 1907. Bakelite and other plastics are a tribute to God-given abilities to invent useful stuff.