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August 18, 2010

Reinvention, Fake Plastic Fish Style (Eat Your Heart Out, Madonna)


Yahoo Shine interview with Beth TerryThe Yahoo! Shine video below, recorded at the BlogHer conference, is ostensibly about reinvention.  And apparently, I’m reinventing myself this week as a blogger who isn’t blogging.  I figured that out after a few days went by and I hadn’t finished a post. I’ve started several of them… one about the great things that happened at the BlogHer conference and another one about the stuff that made me mad/disappointed. I’ve also begun posts about plastic-free deodorant options, sustainable mattress choices, and staying away from singles.  And I’ve got plenty more ideas up my sleeve and under my chair.

But none of these posts are finished. I think I just need some sleep. In the mean time, check out this short video interview I did with Yahoo! Shine at the BlogHer conference. The topic was about how we had reinvented ourselves, and being me, I reinvented the topic itself and grabbed the opportunity to discuss my favorite subject.

Plus I got a mini makeover: all interviewees were powdered, shadowed, and glossed beforehand. I probably haven’t worn this much makeup since Junior High. It might not look like a lot, but you should have seen what came off on my wash cloth later that night.

Note: If you are reading this post via email or in a reader, you’ll need to click through to Fake Plastic Fish to view the video.  (The direct URL on the Yahoo! Shine site is: )  Below is a transcript for those without sound.


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Interviewer: We’re at BlogHer 2010 talking about reinvention. This is Beth.  So nice to see you.

Beth: Hi.

Interviewer: Now this is an environmental blog.  Tell me about how you became passionate about the subject.

Beth: Well Fake Plastic Fish is a blog all about plastic and ways we can live without plastic or with less plastic.  I started the blog 3 years ago, and prior to that I was just kind of living a normal American life.  In July of that year, I actually had a hysterectomy.  [Yahoo! edited out my explanation of how the hysterectomy and new-found environmentalism are connected.  And they removed the part about the dead albatross chicks.  Oh well.]

And it was around that time when I was recovering from my surgery that I saw an article online about the plastic pollution problem in the ocean and how all this plastic waste that we’re generating from our lifestyles is accumulating in the ocean.  And I thought, “I have to do something about that.  You know, I’m using that plastic.  I’m using the… drinking from plastic bottles and throwing them away, I’m doing all this stuff, so what can I do?

As I would use something up, I would go, “What can I use instead of this?  Is there an alternative that’s not plastic? Can I use glass instead? Can I use stainless steel instead? Or is this something that I even need to use in the first place? And I had no idea when that started, when I started that blog, that it was gonna change my whole life.

Three years later, Fake Plastic Fish is the number one anti-plastic blog that people go to when they’re looking to figure out how to get plastic out of their personal lives.  I feel like I’ve found my voice.  And I feel like I’ve found a purpose, and that is to be an advocate for creatures that don’t have a voice.

I mean, it’s for our health too.  It’s not just for other animals, but plastic is something that’s poisonous.  There are chemicals in it that can leach into the food and the water that we drink.  So, um, yeah, when you realize that connection… there are so many reasons… and when you realize that connection, you become more mindful I think.

Ironic that the woman who wants to be the voice for the voiceless has no new words this week.  So cheers until next week… or sooner, if I suddenly stumble upon my missing words.

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6 years 1 month ago
While you are resting Beth may I mention Lush. They do solid deodorants & they WORK!! (well, I did have to go for the hard core one for sweaty men!) My boyfriend uses it to & he gets along with it just fine. & they last for ages. Lush also do solid “naked” they call them, shampoo, conditioner & moisturiser bars. & naturally they are chemical free. After though you need a new toiletry bag, as what you are carrying around is so much smaller. They supply them to out of fair trade organic cotton. Fantastic!
6 years 1 month ago

Fabulous interview!

If I weren’t already convinced about our need to be more conscious about plastic in our lives and ACT to find alternatives, this interview would’ve done it!

6 years 2 months ago

Ruchi! How the hell are you???!!!

6 years 2 months ago

Oooh! I really hope your mattress blog post is coming up soon. We’re in the market for a new mattress, and I’d love to know what you’ve researched….

6 years 2 months ago

Rest is good. You’ve started a bunch of posts. They’ll be waiting, almost done, when your mind is ready to tackle them again. I hope you’re taking lots of long walks, soaking up some of that nature we’re all working so hard to preserve and protect, and letting all the stuff you experienced at Blogher simmer till it’s rich, delicious and ready to serve. Did I just mix a bunch of metaphors?

6 years 2 months ago

I hear you on the make-up thing. I also hit my max in middle/high school, but even then it was pretty minimal.

A couple of started posts are much better than sitting on absolutely nothing ;) I am looking forward to reading your BlogHer review.

6 years 2 months ago

Thanks for having the transcript up, because I missed what sounds like a wonderful video. Take all the time you need to get some R&R, and I eagerly await your upcoming post on deodorant alternatives!

6 years 2 months ago

What an eloquent interview about this vitally important issue.

“Becoming more mindful” – I like the sound of that.

6 years 2 months ago

You look great, and you sound confident in your interview, which is important. And you also may have spread some of your knowledge on to people who may not have found it otherwise. So, in short, you’re fabulous. And I know you’ll get over the writer’s block soon, just get some rest!

In the mean time, figured I’d let you know that I gave you a blog award, for your lovely blog <3

6 years 2 months ago

Hi Beth,

Maybe the reinvention of yourself requires you to do video blogs, instead of typing them out. You looked perfectly fine in front of the camera. Didn’t seem camera shy at all. And you looked like you had more to say.

It’s a thought, maybe turn your blog posts into a video format? I haven’t done this, but it could be easier in this way to get your message out there.

6 years 2 months ago

Madonna has Fake Plastic Boobs~~~ I know- I saw ’em

6 years 2 months ago

Great interview. Get some sleep and don’t worry about us! Sounds like you have some hot articles coming down the pike.

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6 years 2 months ago

Great interview! You’re so articulate! :) And I love the long hair! :)

6 years 2 months ago

Sleep well Beth, I hope you’re sleeping phobia will leave you alone for a bit.

6 years 2 months ago

Awesome video – your passion “shines” through!

6 years 2 months ago

Last year after BlogHer I had the same type of writer’s block. I think I put extra pressure on myself to write something amazing because I knew the people I just would be visiting my blog. This year I prepared for that and had several posts rewritten and ready to go after the conference. That’s helped with the post conference writers block.

6 years 2 months ago

Breaks are necessary nourishment. Excellent video interview. Well done.

6 years 2 months ago

I am passionate also, it doesn’t always translate into new blog posts though :)