Plastic’s Primordial Story

The Story of a Planet & it’s Plastic

Russell Maier
Mar 18 · 8 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 came together. Five billion years ago, as cosmic matter collided and coalesced…