- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Reprint edition (April 21, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 163220665X
- ISBN-13: 978-1632206657
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 7 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 109 customer reviews
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Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too Paperback – April 21, 2015
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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.