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Plastic-Free [Kindle Edition]

Beth Terry
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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


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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11271 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (21 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NWHA9M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Beth Terry is the author of the popular blog and a founding member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. When she's not out fighting plastic pollution, Terry spends her time with her husband and two rascally kitties in Oakland, CA.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alarming but Inspiring! 13 July 2013
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A dramatic exposé of our shockingly pervasive plastic use and its effects on the world around us. The book describes Beth Terry's impressive work in spreading the gospel of "use less plastic", and shows how we can all do our bit, with lots of links to recycling websites and helpful tips. Quite inspiring!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! 12 Jan 2014
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I bought this book as I was interested in finding out more, I have been so impressed I will start making changes today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 14 Nov 2013
By Dave
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This is a superb book, I would highly recommend it to anyone. We are now living in the plastic age
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book from my plastic-free guru! 19 May 2012
By Karen - Published on
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I don't know how or when I first learned about Terry's endeavor in trying to get rid of plastic from her life. But one thing for sure, it turns out, we both cried when we saw the images of plastic debris filled dead albatross carcasses; she saw them on Algalita and I saw them on Chris Jordan's Midway: A Message from the Gyre. But unlike me, she set out to do something about it. She boldly decided to get rid of plastic from her life, while I 'try' but still struggle with the endeavor.

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.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical advice delivered without smugness 29 May 2012
By Jennifer Mo - Published on
I bought a copy of Plastic Free at a screening of the documentary Bag It. The documentary wasn't particularly compelling, but I enjoyed meeting Beth Terry of MyPlasticFreeLife, who answered questions about plastic in the same friendly, unassuming, and thoughtful way that characterizes her blog.
Plastic Free is pretty much what you would expect it to be: a guide to why plastics should be avoided and how to do it. Most of the information is practical, with lots of useful tips derived from personal experience, lists of actionable content, and interviews with activists. There are also some thoughtful meditations on burn-out and whether individual actions matter, funny anecdotes (my favorite involves red wine in a Kleen Kanteen -- an ingenious use for an opaque reusable bottle), and more.

I'll admit right now that I have exactly zero intention of gnawing on neem sticks for toothbrushes, and while I am deeply concerned about the environment, do not see plastic as the most pressing issue. I've already switched to reusable bags, water bottles, food storage, and bulk bins, but my life will never be plastic free -- and I'm OK with that. Regardless of where you are in your green journey, Beth Terry provides great tips and motivation to keep pushing yourself a little further.

Chapters cover subjects like plastic bags, disposable water bottles, grocery shopping, recycling, eating out, cleaning, and personal care. Some of it won't be new if you've already made the switch, some of it won't be relevant depending on your lifestyle (I skipped the entire section on diapers), but it's all quite readable and you're likely to learn something new or pick up a good tip. For me, the chapter on recycling plastics was particularly eye-opening. That little triangle you thought meant something was recyclable actually doesn't mean anything, and I am finding myself looking aghast at my yogurt tub and a lot of other things that I thought were being tidily recycled. The author also discusses bio-plastics and silicone.

Plastic Free obviously has a lot of thought put into it. Every time I came up with an objection or proviso, Terry magically anticipated and addressed it -- from the way plastic is really more symbolic of our wasteful lives than anything else, to the fact that reusable bags are frequently made out of oil-based fabrics like nylon or polyester, to the bigger lifestyle and ethical changes that going plastic free entails. Yet it's not didactic, smug, judgy, or simplistic, and that is quite an achievement.

Where Plastic Free loses me a bit is the science. There are a lot of 'may' and 'can' statements about plastic toxicity that the available evidence is inconclusive about. For example, Terry writes that "endocrine disruptors may actually have an increased effect in very small doses," and then cites an article analyzing an EPA study in which the panel of toxicologists, according to the write-up, "is not persuaded that a low dose effect of BPA has been conclusively established as a general or reproducible finding." It's definitely something that merits further research, but not a compelling reason for me to exorcise every last plastic-lined can of tomatoes from my cupboard. She also cites the Environmental Working Group frequently, although 79% of toxicologists surveyed say it overstates chemical dangers. I have to wonder whether replacing plastic things that studies show as being low risk with non-plastic alternatives is really a good use of resources or evidence-based decision making. Then again, heart disease and cancer are hereditary in my family, and I tend not to sweat the small stuff.

Also, as a factual nitpick, toxoplasmosis in otters from cat waste has been strongly linked to fresh water run-off rather than municipal sewage systems, so keeping your cats inside and spaying them to reduce feral cat populations is probably going to be more effective than not flushing cat litter.

Although it doesn't work for me as a science book (which it isn't meant to be), Plastic Free works on many other levels and is a testament to grassroots activism and personal conviction. I've been bringing my own bags to the grocery store for years, but now I'm feeling inspired to take the Show Your Plastic Challenge and remember to bring my own take out containers. Good read. Thank you, Beth.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good resource for novice-intermediate environmentalists 25 Aug 2013
By sparky_magic_rainbow - Published on
I consider myself environmentally savvy and try to keep
my carbon footprint to a minimum by reducing bottled water/
single serve packaging/plastic purchases. However I did
learn a lot from Terry's book:

1) Plastic bags are usually down-cycled to carpet or fleece
(not made into new plastic bags) so the loop isn't closed.
2) Stainless steel tiffins can be used for take-out food.
3) Take an empty travel mug through airport security and re-fill
from a water fountain on the other side.
4) CDS and DVDS contain BPA.

Terry inspired me to consider a stainless steel mug and tray
for roadtrips. I'll also buy a Japanese lacquer bento box
for travel use. I subtracted 1 star because she suggested using
microwaves (toxic EMF). She also suggests using LUSH solid
shampoo bars ... which contain harmful sulfates and artificial
colors. It doesn't make sense to trade 1 toxin for another.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is the bible of plastic free 31 May 2012
By Lou's Upcycles - Published on
Been following Beth since her debut of Plastic Free Fish. She has compiled a brilliant reference of helpful ways to cut the plastic in one's life. Never judging you, always giving you leave to say "Heck no! I am NOT getting rid of THAT!" As a plastic-free advocate myself, I am honored to be able to carry this around every where I go and show people that there actually ARE viable solutions to the polymers who are endangering our future. Thanks so much for this great book! - Lou Leelyn, Lou's Upcycles
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plastic-Free is a very informative and inspiring book 16 May 2012
By Jane - Published on
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Beth Terry's "Plastic-Free" book is inspiring to me because I had already started my journey on a plastic free life by replacing some plastic items in my life with more healthful (for me & the earth) items. In the book are many stories of other pioneers making changes, teaching others and making a difference. I am even more inspired to continue my journey after reading this book.

The book is very informative because it is full of many resources (products, book titles, links, companies) to help anyone accomplish being plastic free for themselves and to educate & encourage others to be plastic free, too. The examples of the damage plastic does is eye opening and I learned that much of this damage is kept from the general public by the plastic industry!

"Plastic-Free" is a must read for anyone who is ready to make a positive change in their life, their families' lives, their communities and on this delicate earth with it's innocent people and life forms that are all damaged by plastic.
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