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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Do You Know Your Plastic Footprint?
Join participants around the world in the "Show Your Plastic Trash" Challenge! No guilt. Just education.
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Most recent posts from the forum...
- greenluv on Are all plastics bad?Casbes said I started looking at the consequences of plastic use after reading a news report linking exposure to plastic in items such as pizza boxes
- Casbes on Are all plastics bad?I started looking at the consequences of plastic use after reading a news report linking exposure to plastic in items such as pizza boxes to testicula
- Beth Terry on Wrapping fish and seafoodAre you the customer or the fish purveyor? If you're asking as a customer, you could bring a large stainless steel container to the fish counter.
- Beth Terry on Long Term Water StorageWe keep ours in a 10-gallon stainless steel container. We realized that we can disinfect the water as we use it, rather than in the container. We can
- 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?
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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.