Word of the year? ‘Single-use’ glosses over the grim truth about plastics


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From bags to spoons, ‘single-use’ has become a sly way to describe plastic products that are littering the planet

The word of the year, Collins Dictionary announced this week, is “single-use”, as in plastic bags or straws that end up in the oceans. In retrospect, the idea that one should manufacture spoons designed to be used exactly once and then chucked away who-cares-where seems perfectly monstrous. But where did it come from?

The vast quantity of single-use plastics is a hangover from blithe mid-century assumptions of resource abundance

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