Welcome

I'm Beth Terry, an accountant from Oakland, California. 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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Read the Book!

Plastic-Free book by Beth Terry

Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too is your illustrated, practical guide to living with less plastic, updated with new chapter and foreword by musician Jack Johnson. Click here to learn more.

Get Started

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.

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