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Uncomfortable insights into plastic and bioplastic

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We cannot live without plastic and promoting the use of bioplastic as an alternative can be misleading. But there are other things designers can do to tackle the plastic issue, says Professor Marinella Levi, Materials + 3D printing guru

The images illustrating this article are part of an artistic project called Life in Plastic by Scottish artist David Gilliver. More on this after the article A giant jet crashes near Heathrow; the most disastrous traffic jam in its history occurs in central London; a nuclear submarine disappears in the Atlantic. These three apparently unrelated incidents are connected by a mysterious thread, soon revealed in all its terrifying gravity: plastic fails to do its job, eaten away by a bacterium. Doctor Who enthusiasts will probably recognize the plot of Mutant 59 The Plastic Eater a sci-fi classic published in 1972…

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