Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help.
1 Peter 4:7~10
According to Alan Weisman in The World Without Us, every piece of plastic ever produced still exists today.
Let me repeat that, because it takes a while to sink in.
Every single piece of plastic ever produced still exists today.
-barring, of course, the small percentage of plastic waste that has been burned. I think about this idea often.
I think of it as I stand in my plastic bathtub, surrounded by a plastic shower curtain, washing my face with scrub containing plastic (!) “microscrubbers.”
I think of it as I prepare my lunch, nearly all of which I store in or comes packaged in plastic.
I think of it as I type on my plastic keyboard, navigating with my plastic mouse, staring at a plastic-bound monitor.
I think of it as I unwrap my protein bar. I wonder what that wrapper is made of?
I think of it as I write letters with my plastic fountain pen.
I think of it as I commute on my rubber tires, with my plastic headlights lights flashing, my plastic helmet protecting me, my plastic-soled shoes attached to my bike, and my synthetic (plastic!) clothes keeping me warm and dry.
I try to imagine life without plastic, but I fail. Plastic so inundates my life I cannot look around without seeing it everywhere in different forms. Plastic, according to Weisman, will remain one of humankind’?s legacies for longer than we can even imagine. The trillions of plastic grocery bags now gracing the landscape will outlast many of the homes constructed in the last 20 years. Filter-feeders throughout the ocean will continue attempting to digest microscopic pieces of plastic after our roads and cities have reverted to forest. Eventually, microorganisms may develop enzymes to break down plastics, converting them back into useful carbons and other molecules. They can eat cellulose and lingin, both long, complex molecules similar to plastic; it’?s really a matter of time, waiting for evolution to catch up with our garbage.
Every piece of plastic ever produced still exists.