Beth TerryWelcome. 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. flourishThis 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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Do You Know Your Plastic Footprint?

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Join participants around the world in the "Show Your Plastic Trash" Challenge! No guilt. Just education.

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  • Beth Terry on The plastic gardern
    Hi Stephen. This site is dedicated to reducing our use of plastic, not increasing it. We are looking for plastic-free, less toxic ways of gardening. [… Read More]
  • Stephen Dlamini on The plastic gardern
    Learn to use normal plastic to produce vegetables by reading my Plastic garden handbook. ISBN 978-1-4931-4147-0. E book978-1-4931-4148-7 [… Read More]
  • Louise on Silly Whole Foods
    A bit off topic, but now I wonder if my local Walmart will let me use my own (nice and new) cloth bags for produce. (We're too small for a Whole [… Read More]

Get Started

Here are my top 99 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.

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