From Leather Rags to Plastic Bags
For the early part of human history, humans used only what was available in their general vicinity to clothe and protect themselves and to store their items in. Pottery bowls, bone tipped arrows, leather or pottery containers were all used just because that’s just what was available on the land around them. Prehistoric humans were a part of nature and lived off of it which was a belief held for much of human history that only recently has been strayed away from.
The industrial revolution is really the most notable turning point of this relationship of man and nature as manufacturing and consumerism began increasing rapidly. As time progressed people began demanding cheaper, more convenient goods and companies had to dig deeper into refining and manufacturing part of goods to be easier and faster to be made. Then, after world war 2, synthetic materials and plastics quickly become some of the largest industries in the northern hemisphere. They’re cheap for manufactures, cheap for consumers, and easily molded. Plastics of course cannot biodegrade and so the earth has rapidly become one giant landfill containing plastic gyros the size of US states and waterways clogged. It’s a dire and pressing issue that’s affecting the world we live in and it’s inevitably affecting us as well. But we’re addicted and now it’s too late to really begin to wean ourselves off of plastics. I mean 9/10 people will choose something cheaper if the durability and aesthetic of a product is comparable to a more traditionally made product.