How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and You Can Too

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"Guides readers toward the road less consumptive, offering practical advice and moral support while making a convincing case that individual actions . . . do matter." --Elizabeth Royte, author, Garbage Land and Bottlemania

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. In Plastic-Free , she shows you how you can too, providing personal anecdotes, stats about the environmental and health problems related to plastic, and individual solutions and tips on how to limit your plastic footprint.

Presenting both beginner and advanced steps, Terry includes handy checklists and tables 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 change on a larger scale. Fully updated for the paperback edition, Plastic-Free also includes sections 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 those concerned about the ongoing health and happiness of themselves, their children, and the planet.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2012
ISBN: 9781616086244
Branch Call Number: 363.738 TER 2012 23
Characteristics: viii, 344 p. : col. ill


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Jan 20, 2018

This book was amazingly informative. I highly recommend 'Plastic-free' to anyone and everyone who wants to learn more about where our everyday products come from and where they go at the end of their use. Despite all the hard truths that are relayed, this book is full of solutions and suggestions for those who wish to live amongst less plastic. Detailed info, and very relatable narration, I would say that Beth Terry has written a near perfect book!

Dec 10, 2014

Fantastic book! I consider purchasing myself a copy, I found it very well written and enjoyable to read. It has heaps of great tips and inspiration. Great book, I would totally recommend reading it!

ksoles Sep 05, 2013

Convenient, ubiquitous and impactful, plastic has become integral to our daily lives. Most can't imagine life without the material but Beth Terry has succeeded in kicking the "plastic habit." In "Plastic Free," she provides a brief but useful overview about plastics and their effects, then tackles plastic bags, bottles, and the challenges of recycling. She offers strategies for freeing ourselves from plastic in our kitchens and bathrooms and includes a variety of helpful resources.

Terry constantly highlights the importance of choosing “the steps that feel right for you,” refrains from guilt-tripping and devotes an entire chapter to coping with feeling overwhelmed. The book also has a very reader-friendly format as it breaks down information and suggestions into clear, short chunks and includes fun photos, checklists, recipes, and quick tips.

Terry doesn’t pretend that winning the war against plastic comes easily but she does highlight the many ways individuals can make a difference and emphases why our personal changes matter.

Mar 02, 2013

While plastic has many wonderful uses it is also a scourge to the environment and our own health. Becoming truly plastic free is pretty unlikely, but this book provides lots of good ideas for at least reducing our plastic footprint.

Feb 06, 2013

This book is fun to read and easy to implement. It has helped me align my actions with my values (without completely sacrificing Flamin' Hot Cheetoes).

hredpath Dec 14, 2012

This is the most comprehensive guide to living plastic free I've ever come across! Beth has done her research and provides hundreds of ideas, online shops and resources for kicking the plastic habit.

Oct 24, 2012

This book gives a lot of tips for people to eliminate or at least cut down on plastic use. The author's lifestyle is a bit extreme (avoiding plastic as much as possible) but admirable. Plastic is convenient but it's poisoning the earth.

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