Plastic: past, present, and future

Journey through the life cycle and history of plastics – their invention, their many uses, and the damage plastic waste is doing to the environment.

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  • Publication date: 06/08/2019
    ISBN: 9781925849196
    Format (h x w): 285 mm x 230 mm HB
    Extent: 36pp
    RRP: AUD $27.99
    Rights held: UK + ANZ

  • Publication date: 08/06/2019
    ISBN: 9781912854134
    Format (h x w): 285 mm x 230 mm HB
    Extent: 36pp
    RRP: £11.99
    Rights held: UK + ANZ


The world consumes over 300 million tonnes of plastic each year.

But when did we start using plastic? And why?

Where does all the plastic waste go?

Journey through the life cycle of plastic – how plastics are produced, the many uses of plastics throughout the last century, how our plastic use has spiralled out of control, and what we can do about it.

Publishing in North America in April 2020!

Here are some additional resources and ideas about what we can do to reduce global plastic waste.

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Plastics: past, present, and future was translated from Korean by Joungmin Lee Comfort.