The Case of Plastics 

Plastics have dramatically changed the way we live, but some people question the merits of those changes. Through The Case of Plastics, CHF staff, teachers, students, and experts discuss and debate the past, present, and future of plastics.

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Dangerous Materials?

Plastic may seem like a recent invention, but the first synthetic plastics actually appeared 150 years ago, in the 1860s and 1870s. These early plastics served many useful purposes, but, as Jane E. Boyd explains, they could also be very dangerous.

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Regulating Waste Management: The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

The Case of Plastics proposes a hypothetical amendment to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. But what does the RCRA really say and do?

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Material of a Thousand Uses

Plastics make our lives easier in countless ways every day.  But if it weren’t for Leo Baekeland and his first synthetic plastic, our lives might be very different.

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Plastics and Responsibility

Should producers be responsible for the products they make? What does responsibility mean? The debate over extended producer responsibility forms the core of The Case of Plastics. 

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The Art of Plastic

For many activists the main problem with plastics is their permanence. Artist-activists use their art to highlight the persistence and abundance of plastic trash, as well as the unintended environmental consequences of plastic waste.

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