The Plastics Blog
By Don Loepp | About The Plastics Blog

What in the world is a 'plasticarian'?

By Don Loepp | June 11, 2013 02:34 pm ET

Until two days ago, I'd never seen the term "plasticarian." Suddenly it's popping up regularly in my news searches.

So what in the world is a "plasticarian"?

The truth is, we've been writing about plasticarians for several years, but we just haven't used that term before. A plasticarian is a person who pursues a lifestyle that tries to minimize -- if not eliminate -- the use of plastics.

The best known plasticarian is probably Beth Terry, a California-based activist and author who has a blog -- "My Plastic-Free Life" -- and wrote Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.

But the first time I saw the term plasticarian used was in a story from London's The independent newspaper, "Meet a plasticarian (that's a person who does not use plastic)."

The story is about Thomas Smith, identified as a PhD chemistry student from Manchester, England, who decided to give up plastic.

"I came to the realization that in modern lives we come into contact with plastic constantly; the idea is you get the package, use it, and throw it in the bin. But in reality, a bit of plastic you had for a second lasts longer than your lifetime," he told the newspaper.

Smith gave up the crusade after six months, according to the report.

But the term plasticarian lives on.

In fact, one story that I noticed today points out that the Urban Dictionary website has already added a definition for plasticarian.

But it's not likely to be popular with the plasticarians themselves.

The definition: "The hippie douchbag who is trying not to use plastic in his/her daily life."

Adam - "What's wrong with your teeth?"

Joe - "I can't brush them because I can't find any tooth brushes or tooth paste suitable for me :("

Adam - "Why not?"

Joe - "I'm a raging plasticarian"


Recent Blog Posts

Law denies benefits to former Nazis, including former plastics executive   December 18, 2014 5:53 pm ET
Study estimates 269,000 tons of plastic in world's oceans   December 10, 2014 7:25 pm ET
Plastics and politics ... it's serious business   December 4, 2014 5:20 pm ET
Thanksgiving balloons — yep, they're plastic   November 26, 2014 1:59 pm ET
New registration process for plasticsnews.com (Psst: It's still free)   November 18, 2014 10:44 am ET
Astronauts, 3-D printing and hoverboards? Sounds good   November 5, 2014 11:01 am ET

Comments

What in the world is a 'plasticarian'?

By Don Loepp

Published: June 11, 2013 2:34 pm ET
Updated: June 11, 2013 2:52 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

Our latest RESEARCH report examines trends in FLEXIBLE PACKAGING impacting the North American market including a review of economic conditions, key drivers of growth, materials pricing, M&A activity, sustainability challenges and the outlook for 2015.

Learn more

Plastics in Brazil - State of the Industry Report

This in-depth report examines the Brazilian plastics industry from a historical and geographical context. Our analysts provide insight on economic trends and forecasts, growing manufacturing sectors that utilize plastics, private investment opportunities, market environment challenges, and innovations in R&D.

Data tables and charts on producer prices, trade, plastics production and end market indicators is also included.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events