“Plastic China captures a plaintive sense of the human casualties from unfettered global consumerism”
Yi Jie is eleven years old. She is the eldest daughter of Peng, a worker in Kun’s plastic waste household-recycling workshop – one of five thousand in the region. Kun and Peng’s families live together among the mountains of plastic they sort through by hand.
The toll it takes on their physical health and wellbeing is clear.
As the leading importer of plastic waste, China receives ten million tons per year from most of the developed countries around the world, relying on rural workers to process it.