How Plastic Became Disposable: The History of Plastics and Plastic Waste

In this episode, Dr. David Kinkela discusses the history of plastics and plastic ocean waste. Kinkela traces the impact of plastic products from their initial stages of development and advertisement as a new modern convenience to the realization that the world's oceans are full of floating pieces of plastic garbage.

Banner image: Scene from the DuPont education motion picture: A New World Through Chemistry. Everything shown is from the chemical laboratory- rayon negligee, upholstery, drapery, curtains, rug and lampshades; Lucite plastic furniture; Lucite and nylon toilet ware and synthetic dyes. See the full image in the Hagley Digital Archive.

Dr. David Kinkela is a professor of history at the State University of New York: Fredonia.