The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish
March 15, 2013

Invite me to come visit

North-Carolina-presentations-04aYou may have noticed I haven’t been blogging super regularly. That’s because I’ve been traveling around giving talks on plastic-free living in lots of cool places and meeting some amazing people. Check out my new Calendar of Events to find out if/when I might be coming to your town. And if your area is not on the schedule, then contact me and let’s schedule something!

Give a Talk with Me

Are you reducing plastic in your own life?  Do you have information about resources and strategies where you live?  Then please consider joining me on stage or at the front of the room for a plastic-free presentation.  Last week, I got together with Danielle Richardet (of the blog It Starts With Me), who cleans up plastic trash on her local beach with her kids and worked on getting smoking banned at the beach, and Bonnie Monteleone (of The Plastic Ocean Project), who has taken several trips out to the Pacific Garbage Patch to see ocean plastic pollution for herself.  The three of us gave a couple of joint presentations on plastic in the ocean and ways to reduce plastic in our homes and on our planet.  I discovered that presenting with other people, especially local people, is way more fun AND way more effective than simply doing it myself.

We talked to folks at the library in Greensboro, NC:

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And we talked to folks at UNCW in Wilmington, NC:

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The video from the UNCW talk will be up, hopefully by this weekend, and I will share it here.  In the meantime, here is an example of the kind of talk that I give when I am by myself.  This is a short version.  The longer version contains more information about solutions, as well as a whole section on the drawbacks to recycling.

 

But speaking alone isn’t as effective as speaking with other local people.  Why?  Because this isn’t about me.  And especially because people need to know that reducing plastic is doable wherever they live… not just in the San Francisco Bay Area.  And that someone who lives in the community is actually doing it.

Lisa-SharpOn April 2, I will be giving a presentation in Tulsa, OK along with Lisa Sharp, who blogs at Retro Housewife Goes Green and founded Green Oklahoma.  Lisa Sharp is one of the people profiled in my book, and while I’ve known her via the Internet for years, I’m so happy to finally meet her in person!   Here are details of the event at the University of Tulsa.

Let’s Talk

If you would like me to come to your town for a talk and book signing, please contact me or leave me a comment here with your contact information.   I can let you know what kind of sponsorship I would need in order to come (because, unfortunately, I am not independently wealthy) and what dates I have available.  And if you are willing to get on stage with me and share your story, that would be even better!

 

75 comments
kdozers
kdozers

Hi Beth,

The non-profit I work with is considering hosting a Plastic Education Day and would love to have you come speak.  I was wondering if you ever get to the East Coast/DC area.  If not, do you know of any other speakers in our neck of the woods?  Thanks for all the great info and links!

conniehealth
conniehealth

Definitely will come see you at ingredients. I love your newsletter and your site is what got me to thinking about all the plastic we use then trash or recycle. I really appreciate you getting the education started and now you have all your readers as team members.  I want to know when you do your talk in Austin. I might even come to the Eco event. I am starting my own business so I am in action and creating customers. Its around food allergies. My main goal is to support restaurants or other institutions with a food allergy training system. My is different and I think supports in a different context than what is out there now. 


I appreciate your updates too. Its the only way I can keep up with everything that is shifting. I am so excited about the gmo labels showing up with the non gmo organization and plastic. We have a plastic bag ban in austin and it makes a difference. Now to educate everyone about trash and that there isnt a need for plastic product bags either... 


thanks,

Connie

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

I'm excited about how the plastic-free movement is growing.  If you would like to arrange for me to come and give a talk, please email me directly at beth@myplasticfreelife.com.  That's easier because I am not able to keep up with comments as much as I would like.

My Plastic-free Life
My Plastic-free Life

Alice Williams O'Dea could you please email me directly re possibilities for plastic-free talk in TN? Would love to come. beth [at] myplasticfreelife [dot] com

My Plastic-free Life
My Plastic-free Life

Margaret McDonnell, Jantil Moon, Sandy Weex, Claire Wallerstein, Larisa Lieberman, Sabina Lucia I would need some serious sponsorship to cover travel costs and honorarium to come to U.K. / Europe. I would do it if I could arrange several different talks in order to justify the carbon emissions. Do you guys have ideas of what organizations might be interested?

My Plastic-free Life
My Plastic-free Life

Margaret McDonnell, Jantil Moon, Sandy Weex, Claire Wallerstein, Larisa Lieberman, Sabina Lucia I would need some serious sponsorship to cover travel costs and honorarium to come to U.K. / Europe. I would do it if I could arrange several different talks in order to justify the carbon emissions. Do you guys have ideas of what organizations might be interested?

My Plastic-free Life
My Plastic-free Life

Cathy Go, Sarah Mazzone, LJ Livingston, Heat Dziczek, Suzanne Meyer, Jeanne Bruner if any of you want to discuss logistics of arranging talks in your area, please email me at beth [at] myplasticfreelife [dot] com. We can talk about what is required. Thank you so much!

My Plastic-free Life
My Plastic-free Life

Cathy Go, Sarah Mazzone, LJ Livingston, Heat Dziczek, Suzanne Meyer, Jeanne Bruner if any of you want to discuss logistics of arranging talks in your area, please email me at beth [at] myplasticfreelife [dot] com. We can talk about what is required. Thank you so much!

My Plastic-free Life
My Plastic-free Life

Jackie Davison, how close is Sunnyvale to Los Altos? I'll be in Los Altos on May 6. Details to follow.

My Plastic-free Life
My Plastic-free Life

Jackie Davison, how close is Sunnyvale to Los Altos? I'll be in Los Altos on May 6. Details to follow.

My Plastic-free Life
My Plastic-free Life

Lynette Dumas, you should meet Kay Pere. She also lives in Connecticut and would like to arrange something. I can put you two in touch if you want.

My Plastic-free Life
My Plastic-free Life

Lynette Dumas, you should meet Kay Pere. She also lives in Connecticut and would like to arrange something. I can put you two in touch if you want.

Maddy4moos
Maddy4moos

I've had a quick stroll around your website  you are based in San Francisco (I think)  but if you are near the UK please let me know (i will bookmark this page) as it sounds like something my company would be very interested in. My company deals in recycled plastics and we are always looking at ways to help the environment and from what I have read you are a very inspirational woman who could help us alot. 


I personally recycle what I can at home and try to reuse bags and stuff but to do what you are doing is great - I honestly don't know how you do it so much! `Next time I find myself in the supermarket I will find myself seriously considering the packaging that I am buying along with the food I buy - Thank you for that I think you have given me the wakeup call I needed. 

I will link in my company website below and you can find my office contact details on there if you are ever in the UK - just ask for Maddy. 

http://www.virrgo.co.uk/plastic-buyers/ 

ShelleyBurns
ShelleyBurns

spokane wa would love to have you and I would love to speak with you!

robbie
robbie

Would love it if you could make it to Indy sometime!

 Assilem
Assilem

I hope you can come to Austin Texas! Maybe at in.gredients?if no one else here would talk I'd do it, but I'm sure there are people here who are free-er of plastic than me.

HeatherA
HeatherA

Dear Beth,

 

My husband and I would love to have you come speak in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon.

I am posting a comment so that you may get in touch with me regarding a speaking engagement.

 

Thank you,

 

Heather and Robert

Janice Pennington
Janice Pennington

Come to Winnipeg Manitoba Canada. Hook up with a few local 'green' groups and do a large theatre lecture, do a few school presentations, universities....etc You can even stay at my house. :)

NenengVDy
NenengVDy

I have been trying to live a plastic-free life... I bring my own shopping bag whenever I go to markets and grocery stores...I installed a water filtering device so I don't need to buy bottled water anymore...I tell my househelp not to bring any plastic inside my home and it work well...Whenever it's unavoidable that I get plastic (containers of oil, detergents, handwash, etc), I encourage my househelp & driver to segregate them and sell them to junk shops, proceeds of which they share.

Sabina Lucia
Sabina Lucia

Yes, come to London & I will happily co present!

melanie t
melanie t

I'm wondering if you're only doing visits in the United States or if you might be open to coming to Canada! I'm in Windsor, Ontario which is right across the border from Detroit, MI. If you might be interested, I could look into getting sponsorship from the University of Windsor as well as local healthy living groups. I am so determined to make this happen! :D

Lynette Dumas
Lynette Dumas

Come visit Connecticut, and I'll present with you!!

Sarah S
Sarah S

Come to Bloomington, IN! I could try and get sponsorship via IU or perhaps the city. Let me know what you need!

_hillary
_hillary

(Sorry, I accidentally posted this in the events page comments by mistake!)

 

I see you're possibly coming to Boston in June - awesome! I work at a university here, so summer isn't the best time in terms of getting sponsorship for an appearance since not many people are around. But I would love to hear more about your plans as they develop!

Kate Macgregor
Kate Macgregor

Hmmmm wonder how much it would cost to bring you to New Zealand.

Suzanne Meyer
Suzanne Meyer

Beth Please come to Springfield MA Pretty please.

alyssadlee
alyssadlee

The folks at UCLA would LOVE to have you speak about plastic pollution, especially with Earth Month coming up! We have a lot of great outreach events planned so you will have a platform from which to reach a large number of people, not just those of us who are already sustainably inclined!

Thank you so much for the opportunity!

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@kdozers Hi.  My family actually lives in the DC area.  Will you please send me an email?  beth [at] myplasticfreelife [dot] com.

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@ShelleyBurns Hi.  Please send me a direct email at beth@myplasticfreelife.com to figure out how we could arrange a trip to Spokane.  I'll actually be in the San Juan Islands in a couple of weeks.  Is that anywhere near Spokane?  (I know... I could look it up on the map.  Just being lazy.)

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@robbie  How can we make it happen?  Email me.  Let's figure it out.

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@Sandra Ann Harris Thanks! I'll be in Lafayette again for Earth Day on Sunday the 21st.

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@HeatherA Hi.  Would you please email me directly so we can discuss?  beth@myplasticfreelife.com.  So far I've only visited Portland.

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@Janice Pennington Can you help me arrange this?  Would love to discuss the possibilities.  Please send me an email.  beth@myplasticfreelife.com

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@Alice Williams O'Dea I'd love to come to TN.  Will you please email me directly so we can discuss sponsorship ideas?  beth@myplasticfreelife.com

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@Sabina Lucia OMG I would love to come to London.  I want to visit Unpackaged.  I was there once in the mid-90's, but not since.  I would have to arrange a lot of different talks in order to justify the carbon emissions.  :-)

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@Evangeline Navarone As long as I don't have to shoot wolves.  :-)

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@melanie t Hi.  I would be very interested in coming to Canada if I can get sponsorship.  Will you please email me directly to discuss?  beth@myplasticfreelife.com

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@Larisa Lieberman Would love to.  I doubt it will happen in the near future unless I can arrange a whole tour to justify the carbon expense.  Not to mention the money.  :-)

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@Sarah S Yes.  I'd love to come to IN.  Will you please email me directly to discuss?  beth@myplasticfreelife.com

robbie
robbie

@Sarah S I'd make the drive for this!

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@_hillary Hi.  Unfortunately, the Boston trip has been put on hold.  I'll update the calendar when it's back on or when I will be in the area.

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@alyssadlee Hi Alyssa.  Well, it's now too late for Earth Month, but I'd love to come to UCLA at some point.  Do you want to help me arrange it?  Would need sponsorship.  Email me.  beth@myplasticfreelife.com