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At this point in modern life, we touch plastic more than we touch our loved ones. Plastic is everywhere: it is in our air, our water, and in our soils. It is the vehicle for globalization, and the epitome of unregulated late-stage capitalism—a system that externalizes costs to people and the environment for the sake of profit. Even for the conscious citizen, plastic is almost unavoidable, and living plastic-free requires a certain amount of access and privilege enjoyed by very few in the world. We are only just beginning to understand the effects of our global reliance on this material. We need urgent and drastic reductions in plastic production, consumption, and regulation at the local, national and global levels that tackle plastic pollution. In collaboration with HBS (Heinrich Boell Foundation) , the Elephant explores the effects of plastics.