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Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too Hardcover – June 15, 2012
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“The use of plastic is enmeshed in our American way of life. Kicking any habit is tough, but kicking a habit that is invisible in its ubiquity is even more difficult. In this important and enjoyable book, Beth Terry walks the reader through her trials and travails and shows what the average person can do to rid themselves of plastic. Along the way, she creatively demonstrates that ridding one’s life of plastic is not only good for the planet but also good for the health and the pocketbook of the American consumer. This book is inspirational and has helped me kick my plastic habit not only when shopping but throughout my daily life.” (Congressman Steve Cohen, Tennessee)
“Inspiring. Empowering. And most of all, liberating! Finally, here’s everything you need to know to live a healthy, safe, plastic-free life. Kudos to Beth Terry! She’s definitely my plastic-free guru!” (Diane MacEachern, author, Big Green Purse)
“We’re so addicted to plastic, it’s hard to imagine doing without it. But Beth Terry dared to imagine, and with hard work, humor and lots of trial and error—turns out there’s no easy way to make your own liquid hand soap—she broke the plastic habit. Her book is informative and inspirational—an ideal combination for anyone hoping to follow a less plastic path.” (Susan Freinkel, author Plastic: A Toxic Love Story)
“Tempted to bring your own reusable silverware to take-out joints but dread the eye-rolling it may generate? This book is for you. With sass and intelligence, the anti-plastic crusader Beth Terry guides readers toward the road less consumptive, offering practical advice and moral support while making a convincing case that individual actions to lighten our environmental impact do matter.” (Elizabeth Royte, author, Garbage Land and Bottlemania)
“This is the tool that we’ve all been waiting for to ease the transition to going plastic-free. Time to wake up. Peace.” (Rosanna Arquette, actor, Plastic Pollution Coalition member)
“I’ve been struggling to rid my home of plastics for years. This book makes it so much easier!” (Linda Ronstadt, musician, Plastic Pollution Coalition member)
“We could have such lovely things in our lives. Why do we settle for crap made from plastic? Beth Terry is the pioneer when it comes to building a life filled with the things that truly matter.” (Colin Beavan, author, No Impact Man, and founder of the No Impact Project)
“The problem or the solution starts with each one of us. We can choose to live a life of mindless consumption, becoming consumed by our possessions, or we can choose to live an inspired life, always working to create harmony with our environment. In Plastic-Free, Beth Terry shares the story of her path to a life filled with less plastic and more harmony. Anyone who reads this book will be motivated to follow her lead.” (Jack Johnson, musician, cofounder of the Ko¯kua Hawai’i Foundation)
“Plastic-Free tells a story that could inspire everyday behavior change for all of us. Small steps, leading to one big milestone: a planet free of plastic pollution. The power lies with each of us to take these steps. It is that simple.” (Daniella Dimitrova Russo, cofounder and executive director, Plastic Pollution Coalition)
“Friendly, fun, and informative, Plastic-Free is a tutorial on how to cut plastics from your life. Beth empowers us to implement change in our own lives and save the world at the same time. Refuse disposable plastics!” (Dianna Cohen, visual artist, creative director and cofounder, Plastic Pollution Coalition)
“Beth Terry is one of the most inspiring people on the planet. Her wisdom about plastic-free living is a beacon of hope for what’s possible. Everyone should read this book!” (Stacy Malkan, cofounder, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of Not Just a Pretty Face)
“Beth is the most knowledgeable person on plastic, particularly disposable plastic, that I know. Her journey to getting rid of disposable plastic is inspiring and amazing, but she also makes it doable for the rest of us. When I first met her, I lived my life pretty nontoxic, but I still used a lot of disposable plastic. Her efforts inspired me to eliminate disposable plastic too, and faced with choices, I always ask myself WWBD (or What Would Beth Do)? She is the standard by which I measure my ‘greenness.” (Jennifer Taggart, www.thesmartmama.com, author of Smart Mama’s Green Guide: Simple Steps to Reduce Your Child’s Toxic Chemical Exposure)
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Beth Terry has written an understandable and easy-to-read guide full of suggestions and tips on how each of us can begin to cut down on plastic use. She presents informative facts and insights concerning how deeply plastic is intertwined with our lives, appearing in items we would never have dreamed of. Of course, we don’t have to think of the exotic uses. For most of us, a simple trip to the grocery store can instantly generate pounds of waste (think water/juice/cola bottles, plastic bags for veggies and everything we buy, trays to cook your food in, and on and on). When one begins to think of all the changes necessary to reduce our personal waste in pounds down to single digits, the task seems daunting. I began by recycling paper bags and refusing plastic (even for my veggies). It’s amazing how checkout clerks react…some grin, some agree, and some treat not putting your food in those easy to dispense sacks a major problem.
The author understands that reducing your waste is not an overnight feat. It takes time, and she walks you through the different areas where you can personally make an impact. Personally, I have not achieved the level of success as Ms. Terry, but no matter. Regular referral to her book helps to identify the next area where I can eliminate plastic, and I feel good making progress even if it is little by little.
This book is an eye-opener as well as a guide on how you can follow in the author’s footsteps and do your part to reduce your personal waste. Five stars.
So it's no surprise that Terry wrote this book so people like you and me, can learn how to do it, without being overwhelmed. This book gives you easy tips to follow with brilliant and quick steps you can do, to get rid of plastic from your daily living. The message I got, and love, from Terry's book is that you don't have to be drastic, like her, to live plastic-free. She acknowledges that it can be hard but she teaches you how we can, by taking little steps to start. And the facts, the directory, exhaustive research she did and shared in the book give you enough information to start and to keep for reference. She did the leg work so we can take the guess work out of our plastic free journey.
I especially love how every footnote is referenced. I also love the "rent/borrow/share" directory with links, the difference between silicone and plastic (Good to know she's on the same page as I about silicone), directory of plastic free clothing and accessories...the list goes on.
If you don't know how important it is to eliminate plastic from our lives, for our health, for the planet's health, and for the animals' health, then, you definitely should pick up a copy. You can buy this digital version (like I did) or you can preorder the hardcover paper version soon. The paper version of the book is plastic free, packaging is plastic free, and shipping is plastic free - the whole book is compostable afterwards! No glue and no toxic ink was used. Compostable cotton thread was used to bind the book!
I think we are worse than the dead albatross in the Gyre. The poor birds couldn't escape plastic that they had nothing to do with, 2000 miles away from us - but we are swimming in plastic every day and dying from the effects.
We owe it to our children to eliminate plastic from our lives so they don't end up like the albatross babies, dead with stomach filled with plastic soda caps. And Beth Terry teaches us 'how', with this book.
Some of what she recommends isn't that practical but a lot of it is. She has a sort of scale each chapter that gives what you can do that has very easy changes and gradually gets to more difficult. Also she lists some of the restrictions she has ran into. It is nice to have someone explain the pros and cons of the changes. For example many places ban glass water bottles.
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However, the author makes no sense to me. Birds dying was the reason she went plastic-free, yet she would never stop eating...Read more