By 1965 we converted to single-use plastic (made from oil) petri dishes, syringes etc and stopped scrubbing benches, instead laying down a clean single-use bench cloth. Which leads me straight to the millions of uses we have for oil, other than as fuel.
But (short-sightedly) we did nothing about the massive increase in plastic junk because, for us, that was an "externality" for others to clean up.
This trend still continues worldwide, although some are becoming responsible. Please support them in "owning" their own rubbish problem!