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Welcome. 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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Read the Book!
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
- Lola on what to do with old polyester clothesInteresting question! I wondered that myself and landed on this page. Is there an answer yet? :'D I have been thinking I want to create wall- art
- P. Houston on Walgreens and plastic prescription bagsIt is very dissappointing that Walgreens not only uses plastic bags but also refills a fifteen day supply of small pills in a large container suitable
- yuga on Plastic free UKwe are plastic processing machine manufacturer.Please check the part of machine that we supply. Biodegradable Film Blowing Machine Plastic Bag Makin
- Craig on Plastic Dental Night GuardEcoCatLady, For reasons I don't have time to outline, I believe you are right on with your concerns. Plastic has xenoestrogens and those are bad
- Jia on Plastic-free irrigation system?Try using an oya (also spelled olla) It is a porous clay vessel that you bury in your garden and then the water slowly seeps through the pores in the
- zhongxinpacking on Edible cutlery for coffee and tea. No more plasticDisposable tableware that completely replaces plastic, making a contribution to the world environment made from rapidly renewable sugarcane pulp. http
- zhongxinpacking on Life Without PlasticDisposable tableware that completely replaces plastic, making a contribution to the world environment made from rapidly renewable sugarcane pulp.
- zhongxinpacking on Edible cutlery for coffee and tea. No more plasticmade from rapidly renewable sugarcane pulp
- Michelle on NOT "Bulk" litter!!! Shame on Petco!After getting a refill of cat litter from Petco today, somehow I ran across this post. I was so curious what they actually use to refill their large
- Doricdragons on Issues with acrylic yarnAcrylic is definitely not fire retardent, it goes up in seconds, wool is very fire retardent.
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Do you know your plastic footprint?
Join participants around the world in the "Show Your Plastic Trash" Challenge! No guilt. Just education.