Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 15, 2012 - House & Home - 352 pages
Like many people, Beth Terry didn’t think an individual could have much impact on the environment. But while laid up after surgery, she read an article about the staggering amount of plastic polluting the oceans and decided then and there to kick her plastic habit. Now she wants to teach you how you can too. In her quirky and humorous style—well known to the readers of her popular blog, My Plastic-Free Life—Terry provides personal anecdotes, stats about the environmental and health problems related to plastic, and personal solutions and tips on how to limit your plastic footprint. 
Terry includes handy lists and charts for easy reference, ways to get involved in larger community actions, and profiles of individuals— Plastic-Free Heroes—who have gone beyond personal solutions to create a change on a larger scale. Plastic-Free also includes chapters on letting go of eco-guilt, strategies for coping with overwhelming problems, and ways to relate to other people who aren’t as far along on the plastic-free path. Both a practical guide and the story of a personal journey from helplessness to empowerment, Plastic-Free is a must-read for anyone concerned about the ongoing health and happiness of themselves, their children, and the planet.
 

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Beth Terry writes truthfully about the long process of deplacticyzing her life. She acknowledges that some steps are easier to take than others but offers helpful advice and checklists to help others through the process. The many resources were especially helpful. Read full review

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very interesting read. glad to be given a deeper insight in to the plastic business. Read full review

Contents

Waking Up to Plastic
Plastic Is Everywhere
Plastic Bags Why Are There Melons in My Shirt?
Plastic Beverage Bottles Dealing with a Drinking Problem
Why Cant We Just Recycle It All?
TakeOut Food Packing Lunches Keep Your Straw I Have
Grocery Shopping Saving the Planet One Cheese Wrapper at
Personal Care Household Cleaning When Lazy Green
Feeling Overwhelmed Help Im Drinking My Cleaning Fluid
Durable Goods When Cheap Green
Nine Reasons Our Personal Changes Matter
Acknowledgements
Notes
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Beth Terry is the author of the popular blog MyPlasticFreeLife.com. A founding member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Terry gives presentations on living plastic-free and why, despite what some critics assert, our personal changes do make a difference. She spearheaded the successful Take Back the Filter Brita recycling campaign in 2008, and her life and work have been profiled in Susan Freinkel's book, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, Captain Charles Moore's Plastic Ocean, and the award-winning film Bag It. When she's not out fighting plastic pollution, Terry spends her time with her husband and two rascally kitties in Oakland, California.

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