Is a post-plastic world possible?
Can't live with it, can't live without it? Mother Jones article: Plastic: Fantastic? gives an interesting background to our modern dilemma with the substance that can be almost anything...but does that include environmentally friendly?
The article makes the point that we may not necessarily have a choice between natural (good) and synthetic (bad). Plastic has been responsible for better food preservation, more efficient packaging for transport, and greater energy efficiency with insulation. The area I always have a hard time envisioning plastic-free is the medical industry. In order to preserve sterile conditions, hospitals go through disposable plastics at an alarming rate. In an instance like this, searching for biodegradable plastics may be necessary.