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In the iconic 1967 movie “The Graduate”, an avuncular businessman takes aside 21-year old college graduate Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, to give him some advice on where to aim his future. With his right arm draped over Ben’s shoulder, Mr. McGuire intones, “I just wanna say one word to you.” And then, “Just one word. Plastics”. “There’s a great future in plastics.”

For all his plasticness, Mr McGuire was right. Between when the movie was released and today, the production and use of plastics has increased massively.… Read the rest “can bacteria save us from plastic armageddon?”