Plastic and Surrogacy

November 23rd, 2014

Plastic is one of the most ubiquitous materials of the contemporary moment. How do we deal with its effects on the health of both humans and animals?


This case study addresses the most fundamental and important features of human life: relationships and families. The Technosphere, the feature of human societies that some would argue is the major driver of the Anthropocene, produces a wide range of novel entities—chemicals, materials, and forms of energy that are new to the Earth system. One novel chemical type, “endocrine disruptors,” has the potential to wreak havoc on the human reproductive system. The implications of this are vast, and this fascinating case study is perhaps the most profound example of how we now have to filter the Anthropocene at the most fundamental level of our existence on the planet.