Plastic Atlas Asia Edition
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Plastic is ubiquitous: we use it for life-saving medical devices, clothing, toys and cosmetics; we use it in agriculture and industry. But we also know the growing risk of plastic waste in the environment, landfills and the oceans.
For example, the amount of plastic that some fulmars accumulate in their stomachs during their lives is equivalent to 31 grams in humans - that would be a full plate. But although awareness of the negative consequences of plastic is growing, we are experiencing an unbroken boom in plastic production. 99 percent of the plastic is produced from fossil fuels; the climate-damaging emissions involved are enormous. And only nine percent of all plastic thrown away since 1950 has been recycled; instead, huge amounts of our plastic waste end up in dumps in Asian countries every day.
We have only just begun to understand the huge dimensions of this crisis. A change of course requires in-depth knowledge of the causes, interests, responsibilities and effects of the plastics crisis. The Plastics Atlas Asia Edition wants to offer exactly that in 20 chapters.
Table of contents
12 BRIEF LESSONS ON PLASTIC AND THE PLANET
HISTORY: A PLASTIC PANDORA'S BOX
THROWAWAY CULTURE: A WORD WALLOWING IN WASTE
USAGE: FROM A BLESSING TO A CURSE
HEALTH: HARMFUL AND PERSISTENT
GENDER: UNEQUAL EXPOSURE
FOOD: TASTY PLASTIC MORSELS
CLOTHING: CHEAP CLOTHES THAT COST
TOURISM: BLUE SKIES, WHITE SANDS, AND PLASTIC
CLIMATE CHANGE: A PROBLEM FROM BEGINNING TO END
WATER: FROM THE RIVERS TO THE OCEANS
CORPORATIONS: SHIFTING THE BLAME
AFFLUENCE: THE CHILD OF GLOBAL TRADE
“BIOPLASTICS”: REPLACING OIL WITH SUGARCANE AND CASSAVE IS NO SOLUTION
WASTE MANAGEMENT: WE CANNOT RECYCLE OUR WAY OUT OF THE PLASTIC CRISIS
WASTE EXPORTS: THE RUBBISH DUMP IS CLOSED
WASTE PICKING: UNDERPAID AND UNVALUED
REGULATION: A FRAGMENTED RESPONSE
CIVIL SOCIETY: TAKING UP THE BATTLE FOR A PLASTIC-FREE ASIA
ZERO WASTE: CLOSING THE LOOP
PLASTICS AND COVID-19: THE DETRITUS OF A PANDEMIC
AUTHORS AND SOURCES FOR DATA AND GRAPHICS