The Story of Plastic: How Plastic has Changed the World, and Where to Go from Here

The Story of Plastic: How Plastic has Changed the World, and Where to Go from Here

  • Adam Millett

Did you know that plastic was initially invented as a way to save the environment? 

We hear so much about plastic these days.

Single-use-plastic, microplastic, bioplastic, plastic bottles, plastic planet. It seems that plastic has taken over our oceans, our landfills, and our newsfeeds.

But what actually is it? Where did it come from? And why did we actually create it in the first place?

In this, the story of plastic, we take a journey all the way from plastic's initial creation to the plastic crisis we find ourselves in today. We then look forward, and offer potential solutions for a future without plastic. 

Read on to find out more. 

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Image Magazine, 13th September 2018, Five products that will make your daily beauty routine eco-friendly, by Holly O'Neill

Image Magazine, 13th September 2018, Five products that will make your daily beauty routine eco-friendly, by Holly O'Neill

  • Virtue Brush
By 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. If you want to be part of the solution for creating a sustainable future, start with a bamboo toothbrush. Irish company VirtueBrush create 100 per cent bamboo handle toothbrushes with compostable Nylon-4 bristles and one brush at €4.95 will last three months. Bonus – VirtueBrush plant three trees for every toothbrush sold online. virtuebrush.com

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The Irish Times, 17th February 2017, Virtuous Toothbrushes, by Manchán Magan

The Irish Times, 17th February 2017, Virtuous Toothbrushes, by Manchán Magan

  • Virtue Brush

Virtuous Toothbrushes. Eventually every bit of petroleum-based plastic in our homes will need to be replaced with something more sustainable. Dylan Regan from Dublin has begun the process with a bamboo toothbrush with bristles infused with charcoal to help fight plaque. For every VirtueBrush sold, three trees are planted. Bamboo is a renewable resource that matures in three years compared to over a century for oak. It’s rapid growth (up to three feet a day for some species) makes for impressive carbon sequestration, about 70 per cent more than an acre of hardwoods.

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