Plasticulents, part two

In my previous post I was obviously not clear enough, so I owe an apology to my dear readers. And here is my second try:

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 Don’t ask me about  plastic flowers, I simply can’t stand them. It is a bit irrational, perhaps, so when I saw these perfect rows of plastic succulents, they made me rethink the aesthetic of fake plants. And their raison d’etre. This was the title of my last post all about. 

Plasticulents-protecting or destroying environment?

The answer: 

There are many endangered plant species, and it seems having their portraits in plastic for the decoration purposes might help them not to get extinct. But what do we get in return?

In addition to creating safety problems during production, many chemical additives that give plastic products desirable performance properties also have negative environmental and human health effects – See more at: http://ecologycenter.org/plastics/ptf/report3/#sthash.D0SatFeX.dpuf

Obviously a bad deal! No gain according to environment there! What about the aesthetics? Ignoring my negative attitude towards plastic plants you may consider this quote:

Natural beauty is essentially temporary and sad; hence the impression of obscene mockery which artificial flowers give us.
John Updike-from:http://www.saidwhat.co.uk/topicquote/flowers

Is this time the explanation plastic enough?

And to end in style- I coined the world ”plasticulents” (do you like it? ) , but do you know the world ”plasticulture” is a real one?

The term plasticulture refers to the practice of using plastic materials in agricultural applications.Plasticulture ag plastics include soil fumigation film, irrigation drip tape/tubing, nursery pots and silage bags, but the term is most often used to describe all kinds of plastic plant/soil coverings. from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic

 

 

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14 thoughts on “Plasticulents, part two

  1. There is a beauty in the aged person that will never be matched by youth. How do I know this- because I see it through these eyes of 76 years and my wife who is 64. Sea weed is collected here on the beaches, and I’m told for the purposes of making it into plastic. Is that the organic in some forms of plastic. Gone are the days when bottles were returnable at 5 0r 10 cents. Brown paper bags and shopping bags are now only a treasured memory. You scored big on this posting in my book along with the shoes.

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  2. Thanks for clarifying. I have just been reading Margaret Atwood’s futuristic novel Orxy and Crake in which genetic modification has effectively ended civilization. The plants are not plastic but highly modified giant “real” plants that are intended to purify the dreadful air – for those who were rich enough to afford to live in fortresses with gardens. Post disasters, the jungle plants are running riot. Plastic plants will not do that.

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