Plastic Free — How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

Plastic-Free-new-edition-300x345NEW Updated Paperback Edition with foreword by musician Jack Johnson!

“I am excited to see a second edition of Plastic-Free by Beth Terry.  Beth’s book, with its ingenuity, hands-on examples, and humor will serve as an inspiration and educational resource to readers.  The pages that follow provide a toolkit for actionable behavior change at home, work, and in the wider world. —Jack Johnson, musician, cofounder of the Kokua Hawai’i Foundation

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Updates:  As I mention in the Author’s Note, while the principles of plastic-free living are timeless, the specifics can change.  Resources change, websites move, companies go out of business, campaigns succeed or fail.  Visit the Updates Page for changes and corrections since the original hardback edition went to press in early 2012.  (The new paperback edition already includes these changes.)

Description

If you find the information on MyPlasticfreeLife.com to be useful, why not buy the book?  Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Skyhorse Publishing Company) is a practical guide to ridding your life—and the planet—of plastic.

Publisher’s Description:

Like many people, Beth Terry didn’t think an individual could have much impact on the environment. But while laid up after surgery, she read an article about the staggering amount of plastic polluting the oceans and decided then and there to kick her plastic habit. Now she wants to teach you how you can too. In her quirky and humorous style—well known to the readers of her popular blog, My Plastic-Free Life—Terry provides personal anecdotes, stats about the environmental and health problems related to plastic, and personal solutions and tips on how to limit your plastic footprint.

Terry includes handy lists and charts for easy reference, ways to get involved in larger community actions, and profiles of individuals— Plastic-Free Heroes—who have gone beyond personal solutions to create a change on a larger scale. Plastic-Free also includes chapters on letting go of eco-guilt, strategies for coping with overwhelming problems, and ways to relate to other people who aren’t as far along on the plastic-free path. Both a practical guide and the story of a personal journey from helplessness to empowerment, Plastic-Free is a must-read for anyone concerned about the ongoing health and happiness of themselves, their children, and the planet.

People who are just waking up to the problems of plastic will find the step-by-step approach useful and non-intimidating.  Those who are a lot further along the path will find plenty to further challenge themselves.  Everyone will be inspired by the interviews with some amazing activists and entrepreneurs who are going beyond personal changes to have an even greater impact in the world.  And look for tips from MyPlasticfreeLife.com community members.

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Take a little tour of what goes into a plastic-free book.

A Message to Parents

While most of the content in the book is appropriate for all ages, there is some material you should be aware of. In Chapter 8, I deal with feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the plastic pollution problem and share how at one point, I started drinking the vodka and Everclear I bought for cleaning. There’s also a story in that chapter about wine in a Klean Kanteen. The chapter then goes on to discuss healthy ways of coping instead of numbing with substances. You might want to read that chapter first and decide whether it’s appropriate for your kids and how much guidance you should give them if you let them read it.

The only other iffy thing I can think of are a few brief references to plastic-free adult products in the “Personal Care & Household Cleaning” chapter. Just be ready to answer questions if they arise. Honestly? They probably won’t.

Praise for Plastic-Free

Library Journal:  After learning how plastic pollution in the ocean harms wildlife, environmentalist Terry committed herself to buying less plastic in 2007 and began blogging about her efforts at MyPlasticFreeLife.com (formerly known as Fake Plastic Fish). Here, she bluntly chronicles her experience reducing her plastic waste from almost four pounds monthly to two pounds annually and creates a focused guide for all of us hoping to reduce our own plastic consumption. Though it includes an informative overview of the plastic problem, the book’s real strength lies in the practical tips Terry shares. While she started with baby steps that many of us already take, she has developed sophisticated strategies for upholding her principles and presents what she learned through her years of personal experience and product research. She offers new, repurposed, and homemade alternatives to plastic products and highlights innovative entrepreneurs and plastic-free heroes. VERDICT Works like Charles Moore’s Plastic Ocean are increasing awareness of the mounting plastic problem; Plastic Free offers concerned readers inspiration and concrete steps they can take to combat it personally. Recommended.—Bonnie Poquette, Milwaukee

“The problem or the solution starts with each one of us. We can choose to live a life of mindless consumption, becoming consumed by our possessions, or we can choose to live an inspired life, always working to create harmony with our environment. In Plastic-Free, Beth Terry shares the story of her path to a life filled with less plastic and more harmony. Anyone who reads this book will be motivated to follow her lead.”Jack Johnson, musician, cofounder of the Ko¯kua Hawai’i Foundation

“I’ve been struggling to rid my home of plastics for years. This book makes it so much easier!”Linda Ronstadt, musician, Plastic Pollution Coalition member

“Friendly, fun, and informative, Plastic-Free is a tutorial on how to cut plastics from your life. Beth empowers us to implement change in our own lives and save the world at the same time. Refuse disposable plastics!”Dianna Cohen, visual artist, creative director and cofounder, Plastic Pollution Coalition

“Tempted to bring your own reusable silverware to take-out joints but dread the eye-rolling it may generate? This book is for you. With sass and intelligence, the anti-plastic crusader Beth Terry guides readers toward the road less consumptive, offering practical advice and moral support while making a convincing case that individual actions to lighten our environmental impact do matter.”Elizabeth Royte, author, Garbage Land and Bottlemania

“We’re so addicted to plastic, it’s hard to imagine doing without it. But Beth Terry dared to imagine, and with hard work, humor and lots of trial and error—turns out there’s no easy way to make your own liquid hand soap—she broke the plastic habit. Her book is informative and inspirational—an ideal combination for anyone hoping to follow a less plastic path.”Susan Freinkel, author Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

“We could have such lovely things in our lives. Why do we settle for crap made from plastic? Beth Terry is the pioneer when it comes to building a life filled with the things that truly matter.”Colin Beavan, author, No Impact Man, and founder of the No Impact Project

“This is the tool that we’ve all been waiting for to ease the transition to going plastic-free. Time to wake up. Peace.”Rosanna Arquette, actor, Plastic Pollution Coalition member

“The use of plastic is enmeshed in our American way of life. Kicking any habit is tough, but kicking a habit that is invisible in its ubiquity is even more difficult. In this important and enjoyable book, Beth Terry walks the reader through her trials and travails and shows what the average person can do to rid themselves of plastic. Along the way, she creatively demonstrates that ridding one’s life of plastic is not only good for the planet but also good for the health and the pocketbook of the American consumer. This book is inspirational and has helped me kick my plastic habit not only when shopping but throughout my daily life.”Congressman Steve Cohen, Tennessee

“Beth Terry is one of the most inspiring people on the planet. Her wisdom about plastic-free living is a beacon of hope for what’s possible. Everyone should read this book!”Stacy Malkan, cofounder, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of Not Just a Pretty Face

“Inspiring. Empowering. And most of all, liberating! Finally, here’s everything you need to know to live a healthy, safe, plastic-free life. Kudos to Beth Terry! She’s definitely my plastic-free guru!”Diane MacEachern, author, Big Green Purse

“Beth is the most knowledgeable person on plastic, particularly disposable plastic, that I know. Her journey to getting rid of disposable plastic is inspiring and amazing, but she also makes it doable for the rest of us. When I first met her, I lived my life pretty nontoxic, but I still used a lot of disposable plastic. Her efforts inspired me to eliminate disposable plastic too, and faced with choices, I always ask myself WWBD (or What Would Beth Do)? She is the standard by which I measure my ‘greenness.’ ”Jennifer Taggart, www.thesmartmama.com, author of Smart Mama’s Green Guide: Simple Steps to Reduce Your Child’s Toxic Chemical Exposure

“Plastic-Free tells a story that could inspire everyday behavior change for all of us. Small steps, leading to one big milestone—a planet free of plastic pollution. The power lies with each of us to take these steps. It is that simple.”Daniella Dimitrova Russo, cofounder and executive director, Plastic Pollution Coalition

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5 months 29 days ago

Buy This Book ASAP! – Big Green Purse […] we think are plastic-free. Fortunately, by following even a third of the suggestions in this new must-read book from plastic-free visionary Beth Terry, you can start saving a lot of that money rather than throwing it away. You might even save enough […]

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7 months 27 days ago

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8 months 5 days ago

– Living Consciously – formerly Conscientious Confusion […] Gift Pack – includes Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, packaged together with a DVD of the documentary Bag It in a handy fabric non-plastic reusable gift […]

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Living Consciously – formerly Conscientious Confusion […] that many of them were packing up. Oh well, I still got Beth Terry to autograph my copy of Plastic Free: How I Kicked The Plastic Habit And How You Can Too, which I have already started reading and IT IS […]

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10 months 6 days ago

Thanks Terry!! This is a wonderful resource!  Looking forward to following your work.

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10 months 30 days ago

Holiday Gift Guide is Here! – Michigan Saving and More […] Free Life. You can buy a signed, hard cover copy of this book on Beth’s blog. ($19.95) TheGift Bag Combo includes a signed copy of this book, and a DVD of the film, “Bag It” in a cloth […]

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11 months 24 days ago

Conscientious Confusion […] Gift Pack – includes Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, packaged together with a DVD of the documentary Bag It in a handy fabric non-plastic reusable gift […]

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July Week 3 Update | littlehouseonaplasticplanet.com […] a Grocery Substitution Worksheet from Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free – How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too with ideas for plastic free […]

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Plastic Free July Week 4 | littlehouseonaplasticplanet.com […] the Grocery Substitution from Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free – How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too with ideas for plastic free […]

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BethTerry
1 year 1 month ago

Hi Angelo. It is not available in PDF format, but you can get it digitally on Kindle or via Kobo. It is not yet available in other languages. A publisher would need to purchase the rights from the American publisher, Skyhorse, in order to translate it.

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Angelo Gabriel Rozner
1 year 1 month ago

Hi, Terry, it is possible buy your book in pdf format, there are copies in other languages?

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BethTerry
1 year 6 months ago

Hi Ishka. The online shop Life Without Plastic sells a stainless steel ice cube tray. http://lifewithoutplastic.com/boutique/stainless-steel-ice-cube-tray-p-409.html

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ishka28
1 year 6 months ago

somewhere here I read something about plastic icecube trays.  I remember when icecube trays were made from metal and had either rigid or collapsible inserts to divide the ice.  What ever happened to those?  They were much better.

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BethTerry
1 year 9 months ago

susan lehnen I use glass jars in the freezer too.  But I also use some airtight stainless steel and glass containers that I purchased from the company Life Without Plastic.  Here is my review of the stainless ones:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/09/plastic-free-in-freezer-airtight/  And here is my review of the glass ones:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/06/airtight-glass-food-storage-containers-review-giveaway/

The stainless ones come in many different sizes, from small to massive.  I use both kinds in the freezer.  They are relatively expensive compared to glass jars, but will last a lifetime.

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susan lehnen
1 year 9 months ago

We grow and process much of our own food.  The best solution i have found for freezing is to use freezer safe ball jars. but they are bulky. Has anyone come up with a better solution?

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1 year 10 months ago

Green Oklahoma […] Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, by Beth Terry Plastic is full of toxins, almost always made from oil, and non-biodegradable. It’s causing a lot of environmental harm but it can be overwhelming to find solutions. Beth Terry lives an almost plastic-free life and has great info to share to make it much easier. […]

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The Green Leaf
1 year 11 months ago

A Plastic Free Life […] the author of "Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too" and myplasticfreelife.com (formerly fake plastic fish) blogger, will be speaking at various […]

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Janet Forelo
2 years 5 days ago

I ordered the pack on 8/8/13 but got a message that more books need to be received from the publisher. Could I get an Estimated Time of Arrival about that? I don’t want to forget that I ordered it or be forgotten as well.

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cathy zises
2 years 6 days ago

Hi Beth
I am a contributing writer at Natural Health Magazine and I am doing an article on cleaning plastics safely. I am going to discuss plastic alternatives, as well, and would like to interview you.
Do you have any time in next few days to speak?

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MyraHogan
2 years 1 month ago

@Lisa Nelsen-Woods I didn’t find it in iBooks but if you have an iPad you can download Kodo books app :)

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2 years 2 months ago

Do you realise that most of your clothes are made from recycled plastic or have plastic parts, the inside of your fridge is plastic, most of the interior of your car is plastic, if you were to end up in ICU, your life could depend on the plastic pipes, bloodbags etc – all made from plastic? etc etc etc.

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2 years 2 months ago

@Dianne Yes, you are correct. If I was in the hospital there would be many plastic materials that I would rely on to help save my life. Clothing can be purchased without plastic materials however. Working on ways to eliminate single use plastics like cups, straws, silverware, food, hygiene products and toiletries, these are areas I try and make an impact on in my everyday life in order to limit waste. We are a throw away nation where many of us think very little about how we dispose of something. In order to protect our planet and our own species, finding ways to limit the amount of waste we create is immensely important.

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Launie
2 years 2 months ago

Beth,
I Recently purchase two of your books from Amazon (so I can spread the word), disappointed that they arrived in a box with 3 plastic Fill-Air Extreme pouches which were entirely unneeded.  I did send a comment to Amazon as well.  Love the book. Thank you

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2 years 2 months ago

@Launie Thanks for helping spread the word on plastic. I’m sorry to hear the books you order through Amazon came with plastic pillows.

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Trevor's Eco-Education Foundation
2 years 3 months ago

» 20 Lifestyle Changes to Avoid Plastics and Single Use Waste […] LEARN A LOT MORE… Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, […]

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BethTerry
2 years 5 months ago

@Lynn Hi Lynn.  I do know that all the libraries are covering my book in plastic.  It would be great if everyone who notices would mention it to the library and ask them to look into a more sustainable alternative for protecting the books.  Here’s what I wrote about this topic a while back: http://myplasticfreelife.com/plastic-free-how-i-kicked-the-plastic-habit-and-how-you-can-too/?hubRefSrc=email

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MCKake
2 years 5 months ago

Dear Beth –
I just read, scanned, flipped through and totally enjoyed reading your book over a snowy weekend in Chicago.
Amazed…..you left me dazed and amazed and really ready to continue my “use reusable bag additction” EVERYWHERE I go.
But did you know….the book I got from my local library is COVERED IN A PLASTIC PROTECTION SHEET?  Yup!! Probably because it is hard-cover.  But did you know that the soft cover books I took out are not covered in plastic protection? Now there is probably some sort of plastic in the softcover but YOUR BOOK at MY LIBRARY is covered in plastic.  So……just thought it looked a bit ironic because of the title and all.
LOVE LOVE LOVE the book! Thanks for all the great information!!!

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2 years 5 months ago

to Speak at the University of Tulsa | Green Oklahoma […] Terry the acclaimed author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too and the blog My Plastic-Free Life, will be speaking in Tulsa on April 2nd. The event is being put […]

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on Styrofoam Ban – 25 Years Later | LIpolitics.com : Long Island’s Political Network […] The current program in the TV series I have hosted for 22 years, Enviro Close-Up, is “Plastic Free with Beth Terry.” Enviro Close-Up is syndicated by Free Speech TV on 200 cable systems across the U.S., on the satellite TV networks, DirecTV and Dish, and on the Internet. Ms. Terry is the author of “Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.” […]

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2 years 6 months ago

(and clothes) on | A World of Words […] Gary, of course, wasn’t far. We stopped by the Ditto booth, which happened to be right next to the Life Without Plastic booth, another one of Deb’s favorite companies. As luck would have it, our friend Beth Terry was signing copies of her new book, Plastic Free — How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. […]

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Lynn
2 years 6 months ago

Hi Beth! I just got your book out of my local library…I couldn’t find it in the nonfiction stacks, and I spent 15 minutes running around looking for it on displays before thinking to check the newly acquired section. D’oh! It was right there.
However, I noticed something off almost immediately- your beautiful plastic-free book…was covered in plastic?! It’s standard library practice to do that, sadly. What are your opinions on this? Is there another way to keep the books undamaged without covering them in shrinkwrap?

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Lynn
2 years 6 months ago

Hi Beth! I just got your book out of my local library…I couldn’t find it in the nonfiction stacks, and I spent 15 minutes running around looking for it on displays before thinking to check the newly acquired section. D’oh! It was right there.
However, I noticed something off almost immediately- your beautiful plastic-free book…was covered in plastic?! It’s standard library practice to do that, sadly. What are your opinions on this? Is there another way to keep the books undamaged without covering them in shrinkwrap?

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2 years 7 months ago

HI Beth,
I’ve been enjoying your book and just wanted to comment on shopping at local independent grocery stores whenever it’s possible. When you shop at a smaller market not only do you support the local economy, the cashier knows you – and your eccentric ways when it comes to bagging or not bagging groceries. It’s good to have familiar faces when you’re trying to go green and not have to explain your motives to a different cashier every time.
Thanks for all the advice and information!
Joanne

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BethTerry
2 years 7 months ago

@Mommyrant Totally agree!

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Plastic-Free
2 years 9 months ago

Nan, hope you enjoy it!

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Plastic-Free
2 years 9 months ago

Lisa Nelsen-Woods, there’s also a Kindle app for the iPad. Stephanie Moram read it that way, I believe. Or maybe it was on her iPhone. Not sure now. But I do think there’s a Kindle app for iPad. And I have no idea why it’s not on iTunes.

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Lisa Nelsen-Woods
2 years 9 months ago

The iPad comes with their ereader iBooks. I checked iTunes and I don’t see Plastic Free listed :(

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2 years 9 months ago

Thanks.I’ve been refusing plastic bags in shops for decades and refuse to buy stuff if it comes with plastic packaging. Even then, my house fills with plastic bags which just arrive by forces other than me. This gives me more bags than I can possibly use.It’s easy with a bit of thought (So, now, it’s automatic) but it’s amazing how even the most ‘Alternative’ friends find it very difficult to kick the automatic habit. I keep handing them their bags back and saying ‘Please, just put it in your car/bag for later’.Me – I love plastic. It’s a wonderful and magical (Though ultimately toxic and unsightly) material which I’ll miss when it runs out.I’m just don’t think  ‘love’ for something is best shown by throwing it away. Good luck.

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Plastics In The Great Lakes
2 years 9 months ago

Moms Clean Air Force […] you one of the thousands of people who read MCAF partner, Beth Terry’s, Plastic-Free: How I kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too? If so, were you shocked by the sheer volume of plastic in our world? Did you read the part about […]

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2 years 10 months ago

my granddaughter just started a “plastic hurts” club with her friends.  she’s working on eliminating plastic shopping bags from Ithaca.  We visited our mayor and he’s behind it!
 
I’m looking for andI can’t find the cost of the book or where to buy!

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BethTerry
2 years 10 months ago

@margot brinn Hi Margot.  If you look at the sidebar on the right, you will see lots of links for purchasing the book from online retailers.  You can also request it at a local bookstore.  Or you can order one directly from me, which is also one of the choices on the right if you scroll a bit.  The cover price is $19.95.  Right now, I have copies but the publisher is sold out, so we are waiting for a second printing to arrive in a few days and then Amazon and other retailers will have it in stock again.

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Eve Stavros
2 years 10 months ago

Just thought you should know, I received an email from my library that they have ordered My Plastic-Free Life based on my recommendation!  In such a green-minded community as Charlottesville, how could they not?

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BethTerry
2 years 10 months ago

@Eve Stavros Fabulous!  No don’t be surprised if they cover it in plastic.  :-)

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2 years 10 months ago

Westphoria | A blog by Sunset […] The book is on backorder at Amazon and Barnes & Nobles until October 31st. Until then, copies are available via Beth’s website. Tags: living green, Oakland YOU MIGHT ALSO […]

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2 years 11 months ago

How Beth Terry Kicked the Plastic Bag Habit | Save The Bay Blog […] habit but aren’t sure where to start? In a guest blog post below, Beth Terry, author of the book, Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, and the blog My Plastic Free Life, shares her story of going almost completely plastic free, and […]

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J Byrkit
2 years 11 months ago

I just read your book in two days. It is really good, but there was one downfall (which has nothing to do with you or your book at all)…….I actually got the copy from the library and my library wrapped your book in a plastic sleeve. It seemed weird reading a book about avoiding plastic and there I am sitting with a book wrapped in plastic. Let me just say, I learned a lot and have been making small changes but really need to jump in and work toward a more plastic and chemical free life.

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BethTerry
2 years 11 months ago

Hi J.  Yeah, I know about the libraries covering the book in plastic.  I actually blogged about it when I found out.  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2012/06/when-a-plastic-free-book-is-covered-in-plastic/  I’m glad the book was useful to you, despite the plastic!

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Stay at home mom
2 years 11 months ago

Beth, I eagerly awaited a copy of your book from our regional library system.  When I picked it up at my local branch, I found that the paper cover had been – gasp – covered in plastic!!  I know libraries do this to increase durability so books will last through many users, but I couldn’t help marveling at the irony of it.

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BethTerry
2 years 11 months ago

Yep.  All the libraries are doing it because of how the book is bound.  I actually wrote a post about it.  Yes, ironic.  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2012/06/when-a-plastic-free-book-is-covered-in-plastic/

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Don’t Be an Idiot | Born Again Green […] of Beth Terry, I suggest that you pick up her new book, “Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too,“ in stores and also online. It’s filled to the (paperboard) brim with thoughtful tips, […]

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3 years 17 days ago

{Book Review} […] Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too is chock-full of information, stories, and practical tips to help us all move a little closer to the ideal plastic-free life. […]

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3 years 20 days ago

Plastic-Free (with a Giveaway!) | 29 Diapers […] Many of you got into “Eco-Frugal” parenting like me, for the sweet spot where green living and affordability meet. But as you went, didn’t you discover more and more that reducing waste and reducing consumption played a big part in this? I have a friend (The Eventual Farmer) whose goal, even more than affordable green living, is to reduce her household waste and repurpose as many objects as possible. If a certain trendy but affordable grocery store’s habit of wrapping all their produce in plastic bugs you as much as it does the two of us, or if you’re looking for more ways to reduce your footprint or cut down toxic plastics in your family’s routine, you will absolutely love Beth Terry’s new book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. […]

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Plastic Habit and How You Can Too Book – Modern Eco Life | Modern Eco Life […] The thought of living without plastic may seem too much, but not for Beth Terry, author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too and Blog My Plastic-Free […]

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MCAF Is Going To BlogHer '12!
3 years 1 month ago

Moms Clean Air Force […] Beth Terry will be signing her popular new book, Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. Beth has generously offered to donate a portion of her book sales to MCAF! You can read her MCAF […]

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How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too | Crunchy Betty […] is SUPER special, because Beth Terry – author of the new book “Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too” and blogger at My Plastic-Free Life – has agreed to let us sample an excerpt from her book […]

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3 years 1 month ago

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3 years 1 month ago

Tips for a Plastic-Free Life […] and living plastic-free, and now I have compiled the most relevant information into a useful book, Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Skyhorse, 2012), to help and inspire other people who want to reduce the amount of plastic in […]

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plastic fork will never look the same again « A World of Words […] For a comprehensive guide on how to reduce the amount of plastic in your personal life, please check out Beth Terry‘s excellent new (plastic-free) book: Plastic Free — How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too […]

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3 years 1 month ago

Kosmos 9 […] her plastic habit. Now she wants to teach you how you can too.” She wrote a book and has a homepage you can visit to find out […]

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3 years 1 month ago

Just Like Beth Terry […] today, we featured an interview with Beth Terry about her book,  Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, and her mission to use herself as an experiment in living without plastic. But she wrote the book […]

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Up Your Plastic Habit […] 2011 book, Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, is only part of her crusade against our increasingly disposable and plastic-filled […]

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Hair Removal […] and perhaps on our legs too (and seriously low-budget too!). Fellow green blogger and author of Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, Beth Terry, offers a great DIY sugar was with honey recipe and a fun and detailed description of […]

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Not The Real Thing? […] Though many people hate to admit it, plastic is an essential part of our day to day lives (although some people are pushing the no-plastics envelope). We hear the question “Paper or plastic?” every time we […]

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BizzQueleMcKilligan
3 years 2 months ago

Currently reading your book.  My first impression was picking it up from the library covered in plastic.  I was about to comment on that when later that same day you posted about companies shrink-wrapping them and libraries putting plastic jackets on them.  Anyway, I just wanted to mention that I was very excited to watch the documentary “Bag It” on Netflix as soon as I got to that part, but it’s not on there.  Has it been removed from Netflix, maybe?  Just thought I’d make sure you were aware of that. 

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BethTerry
3 years 2 months ago

 @BizzQueleMcKilligan Hi.  I can see Bag It it on Netflix.  It’s here:  http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Bag_It/70153545?trkid=2361637  Can you access that link?

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BizzQueleMcKilligan
3 years 2 months ago

 @BethTerry No, I can’t.  It just takes me right to the Netflix home page.  Hmmmm….

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BethTerry
3 years 1 month ago

 @BizzQueleMcKilligan Oh, that’s possible.  I don’t know.  I was going to ask you to make sure you were logged in to Netflix.  If you’re not logged in, it might just take you to the home page.  But it also could be that it’s not available in Canada.  Perhaps you could request it.

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BizzQueleMcKilligan
3 years 2 months ago

 @BethTerry Is it perhaps not available in Canada on Netflix?

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3 years 2 months ago

Eco-Friendly Hair Removal | Care2 Healthy Living […] […]

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3 years 2 months ago

Greener Hair Removal […] and perhaps on our legs too (and seriously low-budget too!). Fellow green blogger and author of Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, Beth Terry, offers a great DIY sugar was with honey recipe and a fun and detailed description of […]

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3 years 2 months ago

Advice from a plastic-free pioneer | Grist […] plastic, all the way down to the glue. (If you’re going to shop for it online, check out her website first to learn about buying from a place that has committed to shipping it without plastic.) We […]

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{Green Living} Book Review
3 years 2 months ago

Plastic Free by Beth Terry […] we need without buying new plastics. Beth has been on this journey since June 2007. Through her blog, it has been a journey that has involved many active readers. This community of like minded […]

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Review and Giveaway […] or a Kindle app on your iPad) that have hyperlinks that you can click to go to or you can buy the signed copy so she can donate $2 to Plastic Pollution Coalition. Or you can order a copy from BuyGreen. The […]

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3 years 2 months ago

Beth Terry on her Plastic-Free Life […] at MyPlasticFreeLife.com. Just recently, she also published her first book on the subject, called Plastic Free. It’s a how-to guide about ditching plastic, that draws heavily on her own journey and […]

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3 years 2 months ago

Makes Kicking the Habit | Green Talk® […] Buy Green.  Buy Green will ship the book without any plastic packaging.  You can also obtain a signed book copy in which Beth will donate $2 for each book to the Plastic […]

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Ann Dennison
3 years 2 months ago

Congratulations! Thoroughly enjoyed my kindle version. Now waiting for my autographed paper version to lend to others!

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Plastic-Free
3 years 2 months ago

Hi Peggy. Someone told me that their book from Amazon arrived plastic-free. But Amazon is difficult and can’t guarantee what packaging they will use. But June 15 is here now! You should be able to order as many copies as you want from your local bookstore. Or you can order via BuyGreen.com without plastic packaging: http://shrsl.com/?~24j2

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localblu.com
3 years 2 months ago

The 10 Best Ways to Reduce Your Use of Plastics […] list was created with great inspiration from Beth Terry, author and blogger. Beth’s new book, Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, is now […]

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Peggy Gilges
3 years 2 months ago

Have you been able to work out anything with Amazon to ship plastic-free?

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Peggy Gilges
3 years 2 months ago

I received my autographed copy. Thank you! I wanted to order some more copies and can’t yet acquire it at my local independent bookstore because they said the release date to them is the 15th.

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Plastic-Free
3 years 3 months ago

Sarah! Yes! It will be in bookstores. The best thing to do is go to your favorite local bookstore and ask them to order it. I know it will be in Barnes & Noble but I’m not sure what independent bookstores are going to order it. The publisher is reaching out to all they can, but it’s best if they hear from their customers.

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Sarah Kathryn Schumm
3 years 3 months ago

Are you selling it in any stores? I want to support a bookstore that carries it.

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Emily Alix Fano
3 years 3 months ago

Yes, got it from Amazon. Will definitely rate it after I read it!

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Plastic-Free
3 years 3 months ago

Awesome! Emily, did you get it from Amazon? If so, and if you like it, will you rate it and write a review? If you don’t like it, then never mind. :-)

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Emily Alix Fano
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Beth, got my copy in the mail today!! So excited. Started reading it in the subway!

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David Leonhardt
3 years 3 months ago

Congrats, Beth! This book does a great service to our Planet.

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3 years 3 months ago

is on the way, get your too! | lousupcycles.com […] Beth Terry since 2007 when she decided to track her plastic consumption and waste.  Her book Plastic Free – How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, is out now and on the way to my studio!  If you are interested in more about Beth Terry and her […]

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3 years 3 months ago

because the moon hit my eye like a big pizza pie. « Simple Savvy […] means there are 499,998 other lines in the book worth reading.  So if you like my shawl, consider pre-ordering Beth Terry’s new book about living plastic free.  I haven’t read the book yet, but I know it will be good because […]

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My Plastic-free Life
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks, Jane!

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Jane Dixon
3 years 3 months ago

Done!….wrote a review of your book, Beth, and I’m almost done reading it…..still loving it!

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3 years 4 months ago

so goes the planet – a lunchboxy photo essay « A World of Words […] her My Plastic-free Life (formerly Fake Plastic Fish) blog, also chronicled in her upcoming book, Plastic Free — How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. Deb and Beth have become good buddies through their respective shedding-stuff-from-your-life […]

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My Plastic-free Life
3 years 4 months ago

Jane I’m so glad you like it! Would you consider giving it 5 stars on Amazon and maybe writing a positive review? That will help me sell more copies to people who may not know about me or My Plastic-Free Life!

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Your Organic Life
3 years 4 months ago

That’s great Beth! I can’t wait to read it.

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Jane Dixon
3 years 4 months ago

Started reading it today – downloaded to Kindle App on my Android phone. It’s a great book, Beth. Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work in putting this information together for us.

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Liberated Spaces
3 years 4 months ago

i can’t wait to get a copy in my hands!!!

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Ro Kumar
3 years 4 months ago

congrats Beth!!!!!!!!

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Cheryl L Newcomb
3 years 4 months ago

This is so exciting, Beth Terry I am goign to share this with my friends – my copy is on pre-order & i am so looking forward to getting this book!

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LauraY
3 years 4 months ago

Just finished reading it on my Kindle.  I enjoyed reading it.  How cool was that that the Kindle version was already released but the hardback doesn’t come out until June?  I’ve preordered a copy of the hardback as well;  after reading how the publisher tried to make it plastic free, I’m curious to see what it looks like.    Interesting fact I saw:  the book is printed in China….You know, whenever I read on a product that ‘s “environmentally friendly” or “printed on recycled paper” and then I see that the product was made in China, it always leaves me wondering if I can trust that the product’s label is reliable….still gonna buy the hardback anyway.   Did you know on the Kindle, the total page count came out to something like 7,000 pages….took a while to download.    The picture quality of the photos in the book came out really nice on the Kindle Fire.  I’m curious if the photos in the hardback are in color as well or black and white.  
      Anyway, I’m glad I bought the book.  It’s a keeper and I don’t say that about many books.  Good reference book, too.   I wonder how long it took to write it?   I was also really impressed back the way you researched it and your use of footnotes;  so many environmental books lack the footnotes, which I think tend to lend credibility to a book.

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BethTerry
3 years 4 months ago

 @LauraY Hi LauraY.  I’m so glad you enjoyed the book.  Will you please write a review for Amazon and, if you are so inclined, give it a 5-star rating?  That is how I can get more people to order it!
 
 Yes, I wonder about the book being made in China, too, but I think most books these days are produced there and I didn’t have any choice of what book printer the publisher used.  I was just thrilled they wanted to work hard to get the book made without plastic.  The publisher sent me a photo of a prototype.  I’ll add it to the description above so you can see it.  And YES, the book is 4-color throughout and the formatting looks so much better in the book than on the Kindle!
 
I also don’t like books that are not well-researched and I tried very hard to find references to back up every claim in the book.  That’s important to me in my blog posts, too.  How long did it take me to write?  I could say 4-1/2 years, if you count all the research I had already done since 2007.  I did a lot more research for the book itself, and that took me most of 2011.  I did most of the actual writing in about 3 months, and took time off from work to get it done.  It was difficult for me because it’s very different from writing a blog post.  On a blog, there is not the same amount of pressure to get every single word right because you can always edit or write another clarifying blog post later.  Not so with a hardback book!

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Coralie
3 years 4 months ago

 @BethTerry I think the book is an amazing guide for kicking the plastic habit. I agree with earlier posting which questioned why the books had to be printed in China and whether the full life cycle of the book was considered?  There are many other options for printing, that would not travel so far and which would support locally independent methods and would have less “mileage” to get from point A to B.  I wonder if it is printed on 100% post-consumer fibre?  
 
I understand the publisher works in a certain way so I guess my main point is for people to keep asking this type of question and ask it to publishers, too, otherwise there will be no local printers and bookmakers left, if all that publishers (and customers) look at is the bottom line.  I think this type of thing is totally in keeping with the overall goals of what we want for a world that is “plastic free” and if there is a second printing of this book due to popularity, maybe this can be done.  

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BethTerry
3 years 4 months ago

And just one more point of clarification… please keep in mind that for people like me who have never published a book before, it’s less a matter of me choosing the publisher than the publisher choosing me. You know?

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BethTerry
3 years 4 months ago

Hi Coralie.  I totally hear you and agree with you.  But I will say that if I had insisted on publishing this book in the United States, it would not have been published by a major publisher.  That is a sad truth.  So the question was whether I wanted to get the book out to as wide an audience as possible, or self-publish it and limit its reach.  Right now, Barnes & Noble has agreed to include the book on the New Arrivals section in their stores.  That is fantastic because it will reach people who don’t read blogs and who choose books from actual book stores.  There are many people who are not online and who I could not reach otherwise.
 
So what I’m saying is that we have to make choices and not let the perfect be the enemy of the good, you know?  Once, a long time ago, I criticized Diane MacEachern’s book Big Green Purse because it wasn’t 100% post-consumer content, and she gently educated me on the reality of the publishing world and how little power authors actually have in how their books are produced.  I am extremely fortunate that I found a publisher, at a connected NYC publishing house, that was psyched to do it plastic-free. 
 
But this is an important topic, and in the future, I will bring it up with them.  Thank you for pushing.

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Amy
3 years 6 months ago

Yipeee! Thanks. With all this talk about plastic in shipping it would be interesting to know which of the three options ship with the least plastic.

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Jayme
3 years 7 months ago

Congrats Beth!!

I’ve purchased many books from Amazon, and they come heavily wrapped in plastic. Have you discussed packaging with them? I’ll be purchasing via e-book, but still concerned for others out there just starting the journey to less plastic.

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3 years 7 months ago

Hey Beth,

Can I buy the book autographed from you!!!!????
Can I buy them wholesale to sell on my online store?

Love & RRRevolution!