Plastics and the media
Posted on 12 December 2013
I was delighted the other to watch a TV programme about Victorians and their attitudes towards innovation ‘back in the day’.
True, the programme was called ‘Hidden Killers’, so it wasn’t all roses, roses, roses.
One of the things the Victorians were keen on was celluloid back then. Made great billiard balls, apparently. Just so long as one didn’t bang two or more of them together at once.
Then there were the corset supports made of the stuff that went up in smoke, literally, if a women wearing such things got too close to a naked flame.
What interested me more, however, was the teccy bloke on the programme waxing lyrical about how useful plastic was.
Back in the day, he said, it was seen as something new and exciting and yes, there were issues with the safety aspect of a product like celluloid.
But he added, effectively, that love it or hate it today plastic is an everyday material without which the modern world could not operate.
Obviously I couldn’t agree more and yes, I would like to see and hear more of this sort of thing, frankly.
Recycling activity is raising itself in the consciousness of consumers, with bins and boxes and caddies and whatnot.
The modern consumer may not be aware of the content of the electronic goods they buy, the cars they drive, the healthcare they get when they’re ill or the host of other contributions plastics make to their lives.
It would be nice if more TV programmes got made that opened up the world of plastic beyond the negative stuff and focused on the material’s positive aspects.
However I won’t be holding my breath.
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