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Plastic free era

  In the past two years, many fans were aggrieved that the movie “Black Water” did not receive an Oscar nomination. I watched it out of curiosity, and then I realized that it was adapted from the DuPont non-stick pan incident. The Teflon mentioned in it is plastic. The story of the plastic-free era entering the plastic era, and the environment being polluted and destroyed. Plastic pollution is scary today. The British “Guardian” reported not long ago that Dutch scientists discovered microplastics from human blood for the first time, and 80% of the people who participated in the test had microplastic particles in their bodies. If modern people don’t face the problem of excessive use of plastics, it is possible Grow into a black hole that devours everything.
  As I watch the movie, I recall many interesting details about how people lived in the past without plastic. Like in the past, when buying vegetables in the market, people would carry a rattan basket and put the purchased vegetables directly into the basket, saving redundant packaging. Even if you arrive empty-handed, hawkers have all kinds of green alternatives. The butcher takes a straw rope, ties it to the middle of the weighed meat, tightens it, and then deftly ties the knot, and the customer can walk with it. The juicy lo-mei such as barbecued pork and roast duck are wrapped in a dried lotus leaf, which is both practical and elegant.
  The most amazing thing is the hawker who sells bean sprouts. The messy bean sprouts can be tied up a little and tied with straw ropes. Whether the person who sells it or the one who buys it and takes it home, it’s like playing a performance art. If it is pickles and dried vegetables, it will be packed in a pre-folded paper bag, and a thin hemp rope will be crisscrossed on the outside. In the past, the salespersons of state-run grocery stores had the craftsmanship of bundling goods, beer and paper bags, all in good order. When they are free, the salesperson folds the rough paper into paper bags of various shapes and sticks them with paste. Triangular paper bags hold sunflower seeds and peanuts, and square paper bags hold slightly larger biscuits and pastries. When customers buy fermented bean curd and sauce and vinegar, they have to bring their own bowls and bottles, which can be reused without disturbing each other.

  Since then, when the waterproof and oil-proof, versatile, durable and cheap plastics were introduced, they quickly replaced other materials and “unified the rivers and lakes”. From various household utensils, to the headbands and hairpins on girls’ heads, to clothes made of various chemical fiber fabrics, it can be said that no human being can avoid the use of plastic materials. Jane Zalaswich, an emeritus professor of paleontology at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, even believes that clothes were not very durable for most of human history, but the advent of plastic changed all of this, allowing humans to have super-durable “technology” fur” and can be removed at any time – who doesn’t love something so useful?
  However, all this is also like a wise motto: “After the ship was invented, the sunken ship was also invented.” After decades of habituation, the disadvantages of low recycling rate and difficult degradation of waste plastics have also begun to appear. , and its traces are not far away. In 2018, discarded plastic bags were discovered from the Mariana Trench in Japan.
  Some scientists predict that even after 100,000 years of human disappearance, traces of plastic can still be found from urban ruins, because plastic is one of the most difficult materials to decompose due to its resistance to harsh weathering and ultraviolet rays. If by chance, bugs fall into a mass of melted plastic at human sites, they may be preserved forever, like the amber insect specimens in Jurassic Park. Various plastic products, although carbonized and brittle over time, will become fossils in the petrochemical environment. As a result, the soil, hardened into shale, would be “covered with ghostly plastic knife handles, light switches and knobs for gear levers.”
  Since reading this description, I have seen all the products that are over-packaged with plastic, and the practice of people shopping, ordering takeout, using disposable plastic bags and throwing them away. You will think, is modern life too much in pursuit of convenience and efficiency?
  I once went shopping in the supermarket and saw that there were not many items. I didn’t want to waste a plastic bag. I insisted on holding it out with my hands, but I accidentally spilled it on the ground. The people next to me laughed at my embarrassment and said that I would not be willing to spend two cents on a plastic bag. The embarrassing scene reminded me of an acquaintance who walked across the Three Gorges in the 1990s. Back then, there were few hiking activities. The villagers along the way saw them walking in a daze, and persuaded them sympathetically: “Spend some money on the car. , it costs money to come out to play!”

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