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Plastic-Free: A Book Review

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Photo Credit: Kate Bartolotta

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THRIVE: recommended movie

Thrive

Dear Reader, as I take steps to launch a green lifestyle business where I help individuals make healthier, greener choices and, ultimately, make a difference on this planet, I was struck by many questions.  How do we, as citizens of the planet, create global change?  Why are we still dependent on petroleum and what can we do about that?  It seems strange to me that with advanced technologies like the latest smart-phone or the ability to send space probes to Mars or the latest warfare technologies (yikes!), that we still don’t have affordable, completely clean energy vehicles on the market or that conventional gas cars even still exist.

With these questions brewing inside me, I decided ask my Facebook friends, if there were any books or movies they could recommend about” how change is made on a more global scale.” One person recommended, THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?  I had been recommended that movie before, even though I didn’t know what it was about, so I set out to watch it that evening.  It can be seen for free on YouTube.

For me, watching THRIVE was life-changing and the missing puzzle piece, shining a light on the root of many of our world issues, including the environment, while also sharing the solutions, because who wants to be given a lot of problems and feel fearful and helpless?  We want to know how we can make a difference.

To see a synopsis of the movie, please go to:

http://www.thrivemovement.com/the_movie