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When I first got Beth Terry’s book, “Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too,” I was excited. It was like celebrating my green journey birthday. Finally, I would I discover some solutions to those pesky plastic problems I had not yet been able to solve.
Beth’s book, Plastic Free, is a rare gem. Unlike many green guides, which scratch the surface, Beth dives in boldly where no human has gone before: plastic waste. Sure, many green tip websites, books and blogs will tell you to stop buying bottled water and carry your own reusable cloth bag when you shop. They’ll even tell you to use reusable produce bags for veggies, fruits, nuts, beans, etc. What they don’t approach is other plastic waste, which is a huge and insidious environmental problem, clogging up our oceans and harming marine life. Not to mention, the pollution generated by making plastic. It’s enough to make you want to consider other options.
First, Beth explores what the issues are with plastic in depth. And I mean IN DEPTH. I have never come across so thorough of a green guide on the issues with plastic in layman’s terms. Then, she focuses on solutions– the fun stuff. Because, who wants to be depressed on what’s wrong. We want to feel empowered to make it right.
Beth’s plastic-free tips go beyond just telling us how to shop, how to make our own plastic-free cosmetics (or plastic-free options we can buy) and cleaning products, she goes into activism and what it takes to make a difference. She is a living example of how one woman can be catalyst for positive change. As an example, she started the successful campaign to get Brita to take back it’s water filters for recycling.
Feeling overwhelemed at the idea of going Plastic-free? Don’t. Plastic-Free is a totally non-judgmental guide to reducing your plastic waste over time. Beth reminds her readers it took her 7 years to get where she is at. No guilt required. She reminds us to be gentle with ourselves and take baby steps that add up to larger changes over time.
In closing, I highly recommend reading Plastic-Free. I, literally, couldn’t put the book down sometimes. Beth’s writing is incredibly engaging. She sprinkles Plastic-Free with autobiographical tales about her own green journey in a humorous, quirky and vulnerable manner, that endears the reader even more to her sage, plastic-free wisdom.