Our throwaway culture has managed to poison everything with plastic. Here are 3 relevant books: a personal journey on a plastic junk raft, research on microplastic toxicity and more. A must-read each!
Marine Plastic Debris and Microplastics:
Global Lessons and Research to Inspire Action and Guide Policy Change
This United Nations report, published in March 2017, shows both short- and long-term approaches to solving the marine plastic debris and microplastics problems and highlights where more research is needed.
Microplastic Pollutants (2016),
By Christopher Blair Crawford, Brian Quinn
If I could, I would make this book mandatory reading for school kids. A thoroughly put together guide offering everything and more you need to know about the villain itself – all types of plastic that can end up being a microplastic pollutant: from the history to the legislation, from properties and degradation info for each type of plastic to their interaction with toxins, from the biological impact (spoiler: direct human health impact, aka impact on Your Health) to the techniques of identification and separation.
Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution (2017)
By Marcus Eriksen
If you prefer learning through experiencing an exciting story, Junk Raft by activist scientist Marcus Eriksen is right up your alley.
The story of the author’s expedition across the Pacific on a “junk raft” made of plastic trash is an adventure story with everything that goes with it; above all, with dangers and discoveries.
Notable: although the author does support conscious consumerism, plastic bag bans, public awareness campaigns and other actionable steps for activists, consumers and organisations, he clearly sees the responsibility on the side of plastics producers.
Will you ever look at plastic the same way after reading this? I don’t think so.