What makes Plastic: A Toxic Love Story such a compelling read, is her honest assessment of plastic's finer attributes, which largely get ignored in the debates over shopping bags and single-use water bottles.
Every purchase comes with its price for the planet, whether it's the natural resources used to create it, the energy expended to manufacture it, the fuel used to ship it, or the waste created when disposing of it (not everything can be recycled forever).
My parents would have been embarrassed to go to the bank and ask for a loan to buy more gadgets. The Depression taught them, and they taught me, don't go into debt. It's worth revisiting those values now.