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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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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I've spent many nights this past month (August 2014) updating the look and feel of this site to highlight the many resources available for plastic-free living. If you have thoughts or suggestions, please leave them in a comment below. I'd love to know what else you would like to see here and what would make the site easier to navigate. ~ Beth

8 comments
AzraelBCollin
AzraelBCollin

What do you do about your computer and cellphone? and your TV + remote? and all your cables and so on...? Is your fridge plastic free? oh, so manny questions.. But I am truly curios. 

Redbird46
Redbird46

Thanks. Lots of good ideas, mostly for homeowners, but it's always encouraging to know so many are making the effort. But what is happening in big cities? Before plastic we had incineration and widespread use of paper bags. It's just too bad that an enormous world-wide industry of producing plastics has flourished in the wake of closing incinerators at the behest of improving air quality, which has helped on that score.


Not using plastic bags will keep some of us busy and feeling good, but...


The average consumer is not in a position to field all the obstacles created by self-serving corporate interests. Consumers only have their vote and their dollar to make themselves heard.


We have an election coming up. I hope not voting is no longer seen as a meaningful protest. Not voting in elections is one way we have ended up with corporate representatives in Congress who stonewall the things we think are important. In some elections we are faced with the lesser of two evils, but that is where we must start if we have to. We need to send the strongest message we can to Congress, by voting in hard working people who show up ready to do the best for us all, who will get out of our personal lives and back into running a country that works.  

Redbird46
Redbird46

Single-use plastic bag bans in shops is an important step in reducing some of the issues we face environmentally, and is worth our support. That being said, as consumers who thought we were recycling these "free" plastic bags for trash/garbage disposal, are we now faced with having to purchase new plastic garbage bags for our trash? Any suggestions for collecting and disposing household trash/garbage? I am an apartment dweller and don't have the options homeowners often do. We put our garbage in large bins in the building, or we bring them directly to our dumpster. We're not supposed to place loose garbage in the bins or garbage. I have many shopping bags and am happy to use them. I do not want to spend my limited income to purchase plastic garbage bags.

Stephen Fawcett
Stephen Fawcett

Beth,

Thanks for your hard work. A lot. We are screening "plastic Paradise at CSUN this Tuesday evening. Sure could use a shout out from you. http://youtu.be/tLkq3IHM1sM www.BreakingPlastic.org would you please?

Students are free, public admission is $10 (ONLINE ONLY)

Https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breaking-plastic-tickets-12643594331

Thx so much. I will give you a summary after Tuesday.

Best

Stephen Fawcett

CBW

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Jenny
Jenny

International travel: for some countries where it's recommended that people buy drinking water in plastic bottles to avoid water-borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, and Hepatitis A, an alternative is to use a SteriPen which uses ultra-violet light to destroy pathogens.  They are also great for campers and backpackers anywhere where good, fresh, clean drinking water may not be available.   I've just bought a Steripen, intending to use it along with a stainless steel Kleen Kanteen, for purifying our drinking water when we travel to Peru.  I also just discovered the Travelers Against Plastic campaign.  For information see http://www.steripen.com/ Travelers can take the TAP pledge at http://www.travelersagainstplastic.org/

jenohno
jenohno

I'm wondering if you have researched dehydrators. I've been able to find some all stainless ones, but they require a liner to accommodate things like granola, or nuts. Without that they fall through. The most popular of these is the new Excaliber and they told me yes, those foods would fall through! I can line with waxed paper, but that melts and sticks to the food and parchment --a popular suggestion--also contains plastic. Any thoughts?

Thank you for all the information on your site! It is so helpful. Jennifer