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/

You have to use a cotton tote thousands of times to make up for its environmental impact.

culture mapping the language of these more abstract concepts helps to reveal the tension between “social currency sustainability” and “systemic renewal sustainability”