Note: If you purchase books through any links on this site, My Plastic-Free Life receives some compensation to keep the site going.
Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too
, by Beth Terry. Skyhorse Publishing Company, 2012. My book is a practical guide to ridding your life — and the planet — of plastic. Lots of stories, tips, resources, as well as information about the chemicals in plastic, what really happens to your recycling, what compostable vs. biodegradable mean, and why baking soda is the most amazing thing ever discovered. Read more about Plastic-Free here.
All the Way to the Ocean
by Joel Harper. Freedom Three Publishing, 2006. Children’s story about two best friends and their discovery of the cause and effect relationship between our cities’ storm drains and the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers.
Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash
by Elizabeth Royte. Back Bay Books, 2006.
No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process
by Colin Beavan. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. Read my discussion of the various sections of the book here, and here, and here, and here. And read my interview with Colin Beavan.
Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans
by Charles Moore. Avery, 2011. Captain Moore’s amazing adventure in discovering the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, told in his own words.
Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
by Susan Freinkel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. A comprehensive and engaging history of the promises and problems of plastics. Read my review.
Plastiki: Across the Pacific on Plastic: An Adventure to Save Our Oceans
by David de Rothschild. Chronicle Books, 2011. Explorer and eco-TV host David de Rothschild recounts the journey of the Plastiki, a catamaran built from recycled plastic, to bring awareness to the plight of the oceans.
Sullie Saves the Seas
by Goffinet McLaren. Prose Press, 2011. Children’s book about how a seagull calls his ocean friends to action to combat plastic pollution. Read my review.
That's a Wrap: Practical Tips, Tricks, and Inspiration for Living Plastic Free
by Lindsay Miles. A quick eGuide for getting started on your plastic-free path. Read my review here.
The Zero Waste Home
by Bea Johnson. Scribner (April 9, 2013) A fun book from a woman who has taught me that zero waste includes minimalism and has inspired me to ask myself everyday, “What do I really need?”
- “7 Misconceptions about Plastic and Plastic Recycling”
- “Our Oceans are Turning Into Plastic . . . Are We?”
- “Plastic Bags are Killing Us”
- “Plastics: The Sixth Basic Food Group — Parts 1 and 2”
- “Polymers Are Forever”
- “The Plastic Sea”
- Flyer: Don’t Think About A Plastic Bag (PDF file)
- IATP Smart Plastics Guide (PDF file)
General Plastics Information