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
NEW updated version with foreword by musician Jack Johnson. Available NOW in beautiful 4-color trade paperback, original hardback, digital, or audio version (read by Beth Terry).
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- bluespinningplanet on Long Term Water StorageAfter Hurricane Sandy, we lost power for nine days. I've been thinking about what would happen the next time we get such a megastorm and how to
- Dan Vallentyne on Short Documentry about two years worth of PlasticHello, I've created a short documentary about my plastic usage for the past 2 years. Thought you might like to see my trash. :)
- greenluv on Wrapping fish and seafoodBeth Terry said Wrapping it for storage? In the refrigerator or freezer? Or wrapping it to bring home from the market? Please let me know what kind of
- Beth Terry on Wrapping fish and seafoodWrapping it for storage? In the refrigerator or freezer? Or wrapping it to bring home from the market? Please let me know what kind of wrapping you ar
- Beth Terry on Are all plastics bad?I have some answers for you, but since I'm the creator of this blog, perhaps it would be better to see if anyone else weighs in first.
- greenluv on Would you agree with my dad or not?
- greenluv on Wrapping fish and seafoodI'm very agitated about the idea of wrapping fish and seafood in plastic, especially whole fish. Are there any plastic free alternatives to wrapp
- greenluv on Are all plastics bad?Are all plastics bad like the creator of this blog thinks? My dad and I were talking about reducing the use of plastic in our household, which include
- Beth Terry on Bulk Barn - You suck!I don't know how Bulk Barn does it, but at other stores like Whole Foods, you write the tare weight on the container and they deduct it at the ch
- Beth Terry on Yoshi's will not adopt "offer first" plastic straw policyThat's very disappointing. This week, I'm going to publish a blog post about straw-free campaigns and a new toolkit for creating a straw-fre
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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.