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Heroines for the Planet: #Author Susan Freinkel Digs Up #Plastic’s Secret History #environment #movingplanet #eco

Heroines for the Planet: #Author Susan Freinkel Digs Up #Plastic’s Secret History #environment #movingplanet #eco

: It was a combination of industry narrowing the choices available, and the seductive appeal of many plastic applications. Take for instance, the plastic shopping bag. That was the product of a deliberate push in the late 1970s by the polyethylene manufacturers to find a new outlet for that plastic. By then the industry had already successfully replaced paper for sandwich bags, dry cleaning bags, garbage can liners, and produce bags and was actively looking for new outlets for polyethylene. Shopping bags were a logical next stop. But at first, shoppers and grocers and didn’t much care for them: the bags flopped over, didn’t look they could hold as much as paper sacks. Clerks had to lick their fingers to pry a plastic bag loose. So, incredibly enough, the industry sent out trainers to stores around the country to teach grocers and shoppers how to use the bags. Within about ...

Full article: http://eco-chick.com/2011/05/7990/heroines-for-the-planet...

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