I'm Beth Terry, an accountant living in Greenbelt, MD (by way of the San Francisco Bay Area). 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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Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Toois your illustrated, practical guide to living with less plastic, updated with new chapter and foreword by musician Jack Johnson. Click here to learn more.
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!
- Carry reusable shopping bags.
- Give up bottled water.
- Shop your local farmers market.
- Say no to plastic produce bags.
- Buy from bulk bins as often as possible.
- Cut out sodas, juices, and all other plastic-bottled beverages.
- Buy fresh bread that comes in either paper bags or no bags.
- Return containers for berries, cherry tomatoes, etc. to the farmer's market to be reused.
- Bring your own container for meat and prepared foods.
- Choose milk in returnable glass bottles.
Join the Discussion
- sophie1053 on What are your Favorite Plastic-free Toy Companies?When i planned to buy toys for my little one, i have done a lot of research on toys that are organic, non toxic toys because babies tend to keep
- Chris on Oui yogurt in glass jarsI've started to notice Oui french yogurt from Yoplait in the yogurt section at my local stores. These yogurts are in little glass jars with foil
- Jayne on Board Gaming Community (Card Sleeves)Just curious - what do you do with all the plastic pieces that come with the game?? If you buy custom made wood pieces do you somehow get rid of the o
- June on Best Yogurt Makers?i bought a VonChef yoghurt maker second hand on ebay (though boxed and hard to believe it had ever been used), in a bid to start making my own yoghurt
- Melina on NOT "Bulk" litter!!! Shame on Petco!How do you all think bulk foods are delivered? They aren't coming off the trucks as mounds of loose dried beans and grains of rice. They're
- Christina C on toilet brushChristine Stortini said Hi there! Does anyone have any advice on where to buy a pumice stone that is not packaged in plastic? The Pumie scouring sti
- Figment on Semi-plastic free laundry detergentI use Dropps. Packaged in recycled cardboard, little pods (like Tide Pods), totally disolvable, and plastic free product, plastic free packaging. Plus
- Jojo on Art supplies?Hello, I'm an artist and I've recently starting looking at how I can be more eco friendly, which of course has lead me onto trying to reduce
- Sarah on Plastic Bag Alternatives for Bulk DepartmentI've started keeping paper lunch bags with me for my bulk items.
- Mary on Steel toothbrushI don't know about steel toothbrushes, but you can purchase bamboo toothbrushes (100% biodegradable handle) from amazon.com. The cost is $12 for
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