Disposable America, A history of modern capitalism from the perspective of the straw.

The invention of American industrialism, the creation of urban life, changing gender relations, public-health reform, suburbia and its hamburger-loving teens, better living through plastics, and the financialization of the economy: The straw was there for all these things—rolled out of extrusion machines, dispensed, pushed through lids, bent, dropped into the abyss.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/06/disposable-america/563204/

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