All around the world this week of October 24, people are celebrating the 70th birthday of the United Nations. Rising in the ashes of World War II and after the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights guided by Eleanor Roosevelt, the UN has helped keep the peace and promoted human rights and development for seven decades.
Plastic is everywhere. With a quick look around me, I see pens, mugs, furniture, utensils, my keyboard and even chewing gum. Yes, chewing gum.
Plastic was invented in the late 19th century, but due to war demands and increased technology, plastic production soared from 20 million pounds produced in 1927 to 650 million pounds in 1943. That’s a 3000 percent increase in less than two decades.