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"Plastics deliver bountiful benefits to you and your world," exclaims the SPI web site, the online home of the U.S. plastics industry trade association.

If it seems a bit over the top, imagine your life and "your world" without plastics. Even die-hard steampunk fans might have second thoughts about a plastic-free existence.

As just one small example, imagine what a take-away meal would be like: Served on a real plate with cutlery, carried in a wooden box hammered together with nails. Perhaps that's a bit extreme, but you can be sure without plastics a "spork" would never have made the impact it has in your life. Read full article »