Beth TerryWelcome. I'm Beth Terry, an accountant from Oakland, Calif. In 2007, I unexpectedly found myself an activist, author, and public speaker after learning about the devastating effects of plastic pollution and my own plastic footprint. flourishThis site has evolved from a simple blog (formerly known as "Fake Plastic Fish") to a comprehensive resource on plastic-free living. Please explore, join a challenge, ask questions, subscribe. Together, we can change the world.

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    I do not know of a place that recycles acrylic, but check you area for a creative reuse center. They will usually take them for a repurposing project. [… Read More]
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Here are my top 99 steps to get started on a plastic-free journey. Choose a few to begin with. Don't try to do it all at once!

1. Carry reusable shopping bags.

2. Give up bottled water.

3. Shop your local farmers market.

4. Say no to plastic produce bags.

5. Buy from bulk bins as often as possible.

6. Cut out sodas, juices, and all other plastic-bottled beverages.

7. Buy fresh bread that comes in either paper bags or no bags.

8. Return containers for berries, cherry tomatoes, etc. to the farmer’s market to be reused.

9. Bring your own container for meat and prepared foods.

10. Choose milk in returnable glass bottles.

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I've spent many nights this past month (August 2014) updating the look and feel of this site to highlight the many resources available for plastic-free living. If you have thoughts or suggestions, please leave them in a comment below. I'd love to know what else you would like to see here and what would make the site easier to navigate. ~ Beth

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International travel: for some countries where it's recommended that people buy drinking water in plastic bottles to avoid water-borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, and Hepatitis A, an alternative is to use a SteriPen which uses ultra-violet light to destroy pathogens.  They are also great for campers and backpackers anywhere where good, fresh, clean drinking water may not be available.   I've just bought a Steripen, intending to use it along with a stainless steel Kleen Kanteen, for purifying our drinking water when we travel to Peru.  I also just discovered the Travelers Against Plastic campaign.  For information see Travelers can take the TAP pledge at


I'm wondering if you have researched dehydrators. I've been able to find some all stainless ones, but they require a liner to accommodate things like granola, or nuts. Without that they fall through. The most popular of these is the new Excaliber and they told me yes, those foods would fall through! I can line with waxed paper, but that melts and sticks to the food and parchment --a popular suggestion--also contains plastic. Any thoughts?

Thank you for all the information on your site! It is so helpful. Jennifer