Cellulose is the most abundant organic compound on Earth and provides the structural material for plants. However, for many animals, cellulose cannot be digested. Nonetheless, several types of animals are able to utilize cellulose through a symbiotic relationship with certain microorganisms, such as bacteria. Such is the case for most odd-toed ungulates and termites. The microorganisms break down the cellulose into a usable form, and in return, the microorganisms receive a ready source of nourishment and a habitat to live and reproduce. This mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship reflects the harmony of nature.
Although humans cannot digest cellulose, they can use it for for clothing (cotton), producing paper, and so forth. However, humans also demonstrate creativity in being able to modify cellulose chemically to produce plastics, rayon, adhesives, explosives, packaging material, toys, tolls, eyeglass frames, lacquers, electrical insulation, flashlight cases, and a myriad of other products.
Cellulose was used to produce some of the first synthetic polymers. From a Unifcationist perspective, such polymers were a valuable development, helping to improve the quality of human life, being affordable for many (cellulose acetate is considered by some to be the cheapest raw material produced), and demonstrate the gifts of creativity, higher intelligence, and responsibility with which God endowed human beings. The use of cellulose in such ways reflects the inner drive of humans to fulfill the Third Blessing; that is, to understand and gain dominion over creation through true love.