Last week, I ordered a book called The Waste Free Kitchen Handbook from Amazon (my local bookstore couldn’t get it within a month because it’s backlisted), and it arrived yesterday — wrapped in plastic. I shook my fist at the gods.

The book itself wasn’t wrapped in plastic, but the Amazon packaging was all plastic, a big padded envelope for a reasonably hardy paperback. Foolish me.

It occurred to me that plastic is like germs, if you could see them. It’s almost impossible to keep them from coming into our homes. Everything we buy, almost everything we touch, has…