Welcome. 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. This 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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Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too
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- KevinMcL on Bulk Barn - You suck!Hi. Other than paper sacks, how does a store like Bulk Barn (or any of the others mentioned) sell you a few grams of herb or spice? Certainly, I thin
- Gricelda on Plastic free luggage, is it out there?I'm getting ready to travel in the next couple months and I'm in need of a medium size rolling luggage. I've been trying to reduce my p
- quicksilver on Issues with acrylic yarnVery interesting post Sarah. Made me think and got to to search "how to dispose of acrylic". Here is what I found about acrylic vs even othe
- Meredith on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap)Hello I have just tried making beeswax wraps according to the simple instructions on various websites, but it didn't work - the results have been
- Dr. Barniv on Plastic Dental Night GuardHi Rachel, no I don't think natural rubber is a very good alternative because you are basically talking about pure latex. This is a strong allerg
- Pamela on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap)Kimberley, I'm very interested in knowing whether you ever made these wraps and how they turned out. I wondered if you could let the combined wa
- KleanKid on Shower curtainsBeeswax! Take an organic cotton sheet or shower curtain and rub beeswax all over it. The wax will naturally repel water (and smell delicious) to keep
- stbernies92 on Plastic free shower curtain?I threw ours out because it was really dirty and I was wondering if there is any alternative on the market to this. I still have our cloth ones (which
- angel on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap)I'm looking forward to your experiments!
- finallyfree on Plastic Dental Night GuardEver since I had my teeth bonded, my dentist has been making me these blue plastic night guards. For quite a while, but more noticably for the past y
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My Plastic-Free Life Videos
Here are my top 100 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.
Read the rest here.