Plastic’s Primordial Story

The Story of a Planet & it’s Plastic

Russell Maier
Mar 18 · 7 min read

This is the third installment of a series laying out a new ethical theory of green. This week we go far back to the primordial Earth origins of plastic — and lay out the groundwork for the theory.

Radiolarians, a type of plankton found in the oceans of the Precambrian and the precusor of our planet’s plastic today. Art by Ernst Haekel (Kunstformen der Natur, 1904)

In a swirl of interstellar dust our solar system and star came together. As cosmic matter…