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Plastic-free : how I kicked the plastic habit and you can too / Beth Terry.

Terry, Beth. (Author).
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Albert Carlton - Cashiers Community Library 363.738 T (Text) 39493107088165 Adult Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781616086244 (HRD)
  • ISBN: 1616086246 (HRD)
  • Physical Description: viii, 344 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., [2012]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 322-335) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Waking up to plastic -- Plastic is everywhere. First month's plastic tally ; What is plastic? ; Problems with plastic ; Types of plastic : the numbers on the bottom -- Plastic bags (why are there melons in my shirt?). Are paper bags better? ; Reusable bags : they're not all created equal ; Recycling plastic bags ; Taking action in your community -- Plastic beverage bottles (dealing with a drinking problem). The truth about bottled water ; Choosing a reusable beverage container ; Choosing a water filter ; Is your water cooler messing with your hormones? -- Why can't we just recycle it all? Environmental impact of plastic recycling ; Drawbacks to curbside community recycling systems ; Extended producer responsibility programs ; Does recycling save energy? -- Take-out food & packing lunches (keep your straw, (I have my own!). Reusable foodware for lunches and take-out ; Zero-waste travel and parties ; Saying no to Styrofoam ; Bioplastics: a better alternative? -- Grocery shopping (saving the planet, one cheese wrapper at a time). Grocery shopping with less plastic ; Saying no to frozen food and single-serving sizes ; Plastic-free produce ; Bulk bins -- Personal care & household cleaning (when lazy = green). What's in the bottle? ; Cleaning up good ; Without plastic ; Plastic-free beauty care ; Going further : asking companies to change their packaging -- Feeling overwhelmed (Help! I'm drinking my cleaning fluid!). Combatting hopelessness ; Gaining perspective ; Recognizing progress ; Keeping motivated -- Durable goods (when cheap = green). Get rid of PVC ; Phase out plastic foodware ; What about silicone? ; Using plastic responsibly -- Nine reasons our personal changes matter. Choosing to change ; Personal actions and policy changes ; Voting with your wallet ; Setting the example.
Summary, etc.: Like many people, Beth Terry didn't think an individual could have much impact on the environment. But while laid up after surgery, she read an article about the staggering amount of plastic polluting the oceans and decided then and there to kick her plastic habit. Now she wants to teach you how you can too. In her quirky and humorous style--well known to the readers of her popular blog, My Plastic-Free Life--Terry provides personal anecdotes, stats about the environmental and health problems related to plastic, and personal solutions and tips on how to limit your plastic footprint. Terry includes handy lists and charts for easy reference, ways to get involved in larger community actions, and profiles of individuals-- Plastic-Free Heroes--who have gone beyond personal solutions to create a change on a larger scale. Plastic-Free also includes chapters on letting go of eco-guilt, strategies for coping with overwhelming problems, and ways to relate to other people who aren't as far along on the plastic-free path. Both a practical guide and the story of a personal journey from helplessness to empowerment, Plastic-Free is a must-read for anyone concerned about the ongoing health and happiness of themselves, their children, and the planet.
Subject: Plastic scrap > Environmental aspects.

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