Former Obama administration environmental adviser Van Jones will stir up the plastics industry with this speech recorded at the TedxGreatPacificGarbagePatch conference, held in Los Angeles in November. His talk, "The economic injustice of plastic," links the ideas of social justice and the environment. In his view, having an economy where throwaway plastic products are available leads to a society that also considers poor children "disposable." Plastics have "horrific" impacts on the planet -- and also on people, Jones says. Recycling makes consumers feel better about themselves, but he claims plastic isn't actually recycled -- it's burned, he says, in developing countries. Some of this may seem ridiculous to an audience of plastics industry readers. But that does not mean it will be ignored. Already, the Discovery Channel's Treehugger.com blog has linked to and posted the video.
Van Jones speaks on plastics and poverty
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