Welcome. I’m Beth Terry, an accountant from Oakland, Calif. 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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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.
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- JoseVe on Cups for kidsI've also thought about it a lot of times. I really hate disposable cups. I think that they are just try to lessen their cleaning works.
- JoseVe on bacteria on night guardYou can purchase a dental sanitizing device instead. They are relatively affordable and this device will use UV light to effectively clean your mouth
- Anna on Plastic Free Alternative to Dish DrainboardUnder my dish drainer I put a flat stainless steel baking sheet - like a cookie sheet - from the thrift store. It fits perfectly and is slightly raise
- Axelle Fortier on Plastic Free Alternative to Dish DrainboardI am not willing to pay $60 for any drainboard, for crying out loud. However, I am willing to put two ancient rubber doorstops under a shallow broilin
- Beth Terry on Clear VinylHi. Vinyl (aka polyvinyl chloride or PVC) is tricky to dispose of because it contains toxic phthalates. In fact, the Center for Health, Environment, a
- ninaliu on Clear VinylI have been holding onto dozens of crisping, yellowing, and deteriorating zippered clear vinyl bags for blankets, sheets, appliances, toys, and baby p
- Mr.Applesauce on Thermal CarafeIn the same boat. Have an all SS press, now looking at a carafe.... with no avail
- Beth Terry on Plastic Free Alternative to Dish DrainboardThat's the drainboard I bought. Yeah, expensive. But I really do like it. The slant is great for letting the water run off. And it's rare to
- CaptainPlanet on Plastic-Free Zero Waste Dental Kit (And Packaging)In an effort to eliminate floss, toothpicks, etc. I'm looking for a plastic-free (vegan) zero waste dental kit or gum stimulator with plastic-fre
- CaptainPlanet on Plastic Free Alternative to Dish DrainboardThanks! So far, I've opted for the towel solution. But in the future, I hope to get this stainless steel drainboard: http://bit.ly/2h2irCu. I jus
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