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June 16, 2012

Plastic-Free Book Officially Launched. Help Spread the Word!

Yesterday was the official worldwide launch date of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.   Lloyd Alter from Treehugger posted a beautiful review.  So many of you have ordered signed copies from me to benefit the Plastic Pollution Coalition, that I keep selling out and having to order more!

That’s fantastic.  But there are many more people who don’t get their information from blogs or the Internet and who don’t know there are steps they can take to get plastic out of their lives.  I want them to know that, in the immortal words of candidate Obama, “We are the ones we are waiting for!”  We have the power to change the world through our personal and community actions, and my mission is to give people tools to do just that!

Please help me spread the message of this book far and wide.  There are lots of things you can do to help.  Just as I have Action Items Checklists in the book, here is a long list of possible things you can do to help, ranging in levels of effort.  Please do as many as feel manageable for you.  Leave a comment below letting me know what steps you have taken.

Steps You Can Take to Promote Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

1) Purchase the book, of course.  If you already have it, consider giving some as gifts.

2)  Give a 5-star rating and post a review on The more positive reviews and high ratings, the higher the book will rank on the site and the more visible it will be. Also? Let’s counteract any backlash we might get from the plastics industry when they get wind of this book. :-)

3) Request your local bookstore or library carry the book. By the way, the book received a great recommendation from Library Journal. You might want to mention that.

4) Promote the book on Facebook.  “Like” the new Plastic-Free Book Facebook page.  Post the book to your own page or profile. Here’s the best link to use: /plastic-free-how-i-kicked-the-plastic-habit-and-how-you-can-too/

5) Promote the book via Twitter. Here is a sample tweet I came up with, but you can probably think of something more creative:

Kick your plastic habit. The new book “Plastic-Free” by Beth Terry @PlasticfreeBeth can show you how!

6) Promote the Plastic-Free video on Youtube.  Give it a thumbs up and share with your friends.  Embed it on your website.  And don’t miss the 8-second BLOOPER.

7) Post a badge for the book on your blog or website and link it back to

8) If you participate in affiliate programs, add the book to your Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound widgets.

10) Review the book on your blog or website. Or contact me for an interview.

11) Do you have connections to members of the media? Please let them know about Plastic-Free and and give them my contact information.  Let me know if there’s someone you think I should approach or have my publisher approach.  (Please don’t say Oprah or Ellen or Martha unless you know them personally or have a direct connection to their people.)

12) Sell the book directly.  Do you have a retail shop (either online or offline)? You don’t have to own a bookstore to add the book to your shop. Contact me to learn how.

13) Do you know of a store, either online or offline, that would be a perfect venue for this book? Please contact me and let me know about it.

14) Suggest Plastic-Free to your book reading group.  I have created a free, downloadable Readers Guide to spark conversation.

15) Arrange a presentation/book signing for your organization.  Contact me to discuss.

16) Share this post to let other people know all the things they can do to help spread the word.

Thank you all!  The truth is, there is no other book on this topic in the world.  Sure, there are books that discuss the environmental problems with plastic, but this is the first of its kind to give step-by-step solutions and real world examples of people who are making a difference.  Please don’t allow this book to be stuck in the green ghetto.  Let’s take plastic-free mainstream!

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Allison Dey

It’s been too long since I’ve been to this site. I have also tried to live nearly plastic-free for quite some time. One of the most frustrating things I have found is that so many reusable alternatives are still plastic based (e.g. water bottles; shopping totes) and I have pledged to help people understand and use alternatives that don’t upset their routines much. I have been posting your site all over my FB and then happened to find this post. Of course, I would love to see everything in your book. But congrats to whoever wins. (can’t seem to post… Read more »

Eve Stavros

So excited to receive my copy! If I should be lucky enough to win one, I’m donating it to my library; if not, I’ll buy another one for them! I’ve liked the Facebook page, plus posted a review on Amazon, and tomorrow I’m off to the local “eco” shops with my copy to encourage them to stock it!


I stumbled over to your blog while researching an organic cotton dress (Aventura) I’d found to sell on eBay. Needless to say, my eyes are open wider now. I thought I was doing a lot, that I was careful. My house isn’t full of plastic & matter-of-fact I can’t see any other than a small percentage of computer items I (seriously) can’t do without. My excuse? I sell online. I ship a lot of things each and every day. I recycle a lot of what I use for packing, but found was about to re-order “post consumer recycled plastic” bubble… Read more »


@Organic_PR oh!! I just saw this!! Yay!!! Thank you ;)


I promoted your book on twitter, facebook and youtube. When my library is reasy to purchase books again I will request they buy it.


Thank you! @Organic_PR @greek_momma @plasticfreebeth


@Organic_PR @greek_momma @plasticfreebeth


@Organic_PR @HMNMama @HolisticMomsNet @PlasticfreeBeth Thank you for a great/educational party! #holisticmoms

gloria of Veghead etc

I requested that my local library purchase your book. I wasn’t sure they would … but I just got notified that Plastic Free is waiting for me to pick up yay! I haven’t bought any new hard plastic in almost 4 years but still buying soft plastic food packaging, which is probably even *worse* for both my family and the planet. So I look forward to reading your book so I can take more steps to become free from plastic. Do you know about the Washed Ashore: Plastics, Sea Life, and Art project []? Located in Bandon, Oregon, they offer… Read more »

Beth Terry

Great tip about I added it to my list of Art and Multi Media resources:


Hi Beth,
We have had a plastic bag ban at our house for over a year. We only bring reusable bags to stores–including department stores. I’m a huge fan of wax paper and rubber bands and either use plastic bags from my Sunday Times, biodegradable pet bags, plastic bags others have given us, or the NYTimes itself for dog waste. A wad of thick newspaper and a twist (on a non-rainy or snowy day) does the trick! I’ve given reusable bags as gifts/hints. The garbage bags we use are biodegradable. Excited to read your book and gain more ideas!


Looking forward to reading your book! We’ve been making small permanent changes in our house to be less plasticy and less wasteful. Thanks for all the great insight!


I’m so excited to have found your blog through blogher and I can’t wait to read your book. My family has just begun to reduce our use of plastic. I watched your video, liked it, commented on it and share it. Thanks!

Tara F

I like the FB page and watched and thumbed up the You Tube video. Hoping to get the book to convince my husband that we don’t need to use plastic for everything in the kitchen!!!


I requested that my library purchase the book. I can’t wait to read it!


Thank you for writing your book. I liked the Youtube video and posted the video on my blog.


Hey Beth,

I just discovered your site recently and am really looking forward to reading your book! I am trying to cut out plastic from my own life and think your book would be very helpful. I liked the book’s facebook page and gave the video on youtube a thumbs up! :)



hi Beth,
I haven’t purchased the book yet. I know it’s awesome.I am encouraging everyone i know to buy it and I am planning to buy when I have it in my budget. A new business but I have been getting rid of plastic and looking how to not buy new plastic. That is the tough one for me.

Signs of Celiac


Hi Beth, I decided to buy the book after I got nowhere with my local library. Now that I’ve read it, I’m going to donate it to them! That way, I get the word out, other people can benefit from it, and it doesn’t just sit in my house with only me using it. Before I do that, I will bring it to my local coop store and ask them to carry it. I am thrilled that you wrote this book. There are two things that touched me deeply: reading about your story ( I completely relate to the 2am… Read more »

Melissa Brown

Maybe you could post their contract info?


I will tweet about it, ask my local library to carry it and also talk to my local green store, Tree Huggers, to carry it.

My Plastic-free Life

Or Colbert! I would love, love, love to banter with Colbert. Or dance with Ellen. That would be awesome too.My publicist has reached out to all of them and so far no bites, but I think if enough people wrote to them it might help. But it would look self-serving if I spearheaded a letter-writing campaign, wouldn’t it?


I asked my library to pre-order it already, will check to see if it has been done. I just sent you an email about a presentation way up in BC, I wrote a letter to the editor a few months back that included your blog, I have mentioned your site to lots of friends and rave about it often with people I just meet, will like your book on Facebook as soon as I post this. I would love a copy of your book – though I am most likely to read it and then place it on the free… Read more »

Melissa Brown

What if a bunch of us wrote Ellenn or Oprah or the Daily Show?
What about NPR?


how exciting! congrats!!!


I pre-ordered the book back in March. My local book store called 10 days ago to tell me it was in and that I could come down and pick it up. I asked them to put it on display (they put it in the sustainability section) and let everyone have a look at it. I said that if someone want to buy it, sell it to them, then order me another copy. I then posted on the Denman Island community bulletin board on Facebook about it and several people have gone to the store to check it out. The word… Read more »

Beth Terry

Riane, thank you! That’s so cool.


Hey, Beth. I liked the book’s page on Facebook and shared this post on my wall. Will be buying soonly.


I also shared your article here in my FB page! Would love to see the world cut out plastic’s!
If I win the book I will definitely be sharing it with others!


I ‘liked’ the plastic free page!
Thank you for all your info!


I put up a web page on my website where I mentiOn your book but I did this last week before your offer. I found your site about 1 month ago when I was looking for information on the plastic island in the pacific. I wish I could buy your book but I live in south African and postage to here is prohibitive! Anyway the link on my site is this

Beth Terry

Previous posts count! BTW, the book can also be downloaded to Kindle and other e-readers through Amazon.

Beth Terry

@gaviny And I should clarify that Kindle books can be read on many different platforms, including web browser, computer, and even smartphones with a Kindle app.


@Greenmoms This is really #inspiring :0)


@MyBabyBoutique1 @Greenmoms Thanks!