Since writing my book Plastic-Free, I’ve had multiple requests for a condensed version with just the basics for getting started. My answer is usually, “Great idea. How about you write it?” Because seriously, we need as many plastic-free voices in the media as possible. And to be honest, I get tired of hearing my own voice. Well, now someone else gone and written the shorter guide that people have been clamoring for.
In her new, brightly illustrated digital ebook That’s a Wrap, Australian blogger Lindsay Miles includes basic information about problems with plastic (as well as the drawbacks to recycling and plant-based plastics) and why you’d want to reduce your use of it. (Scroll down for purchase link at bottom of page.)
After getting the problems out of the way in the first 25% of the book, Lindsay goes on to offer a wealth of plastic-free tips and solutions,
highlighted throughout with inspiring quotes.
I especially liked the section about the cleaning properties of various essential oils.
And the book ends with a chapter on a topic many of us ponder regularly: what causes people to change?
What’s Not Included
What you won’t find in It’s a Wrap are names of specific companies that offer plastic-free alternatives or personal stories about how Lindsay has reduced plastic in her own life. Instead, the book offers general principals and strategies and lets the reader figure out the specifics. By way of explanation, Lindsay wrote me:
I wanted to move away from the “I do this” or “I do that” because I think it can be a barrier, where people think they don’t live in a town like mine so can’t do these things, or equivalent excuse. So I took all specifics out, and focused on ideas – how, rather than what.
I can see pros and cons for including personal and specific information. On one hand, some people are inspired by reading about the actions of other people, which is why in my book I included not only stories about my own actions but those of lots of plastic-free advocates around the world. But on the other hand, after including personal information in my book, I have had a handful of readers complain that they don’t live where I do and therefore can’t make the same changes as I’ve made. Perhaps a book like Lindsay’s would be easier to digest with its straightforward style.
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