Giveaway: Plastic Free Book $20 ARV CLOSED

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My Plastic Free Life is offering our readers a giveaway of Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, a value of $19.95.

In this book the author, Beth Terry, shares with us her discoveries on the road to a life independent of plastic.

From our reviewer, Laura at Pug in the Kitchen:

I think one of the biggest stumbling blocks on the road to my green and natural life is plastic. I feel like everywhere I turn, there it is. I’ve made choices in recent years that have eliminated a lot of the plastics in my home, like purchasing glass and stainless steel tableware for my small children instead of brightly colored, licensed character melamine sets. I use cloth diapers and proudly place my worn recycling bins on the street corner twice a month. Our bins typically contain papers or boxes, the occasional tin can or glass bottle, but only random plastics find their way in. We don’t buy soda, liquid creamer or bottled water. I should be proud of myself, right?

However, as I read through Plastic Free by Beth Terry, I became more and more aware of all the areas I’ve let slide in the last years since having kids. Beth has a wonderful style of writing that just energized me for my future. Prior to having kids, the amount of plastic consumption in my home was minimal . . . at that time, I would have gladly signed up for the challenge and taken photos of my puny bags of waste.

I was going to take a photo for you for this review, but it was just too overwhelming. And even counting all of the plastic that comes immediately to mind, I am sure I’ve missed many items. I’ve slipped back into the rut of not taking my containers to the grocery for my deli cheese. No, I’m not buying the individually wrapped kind, but even as they zip that pile of cheese into the deli bag, I cringe. I can be doing so much better.

One of my favorite things about Beth’s book is the tone. As someone who has been working at this lifestyle for years and has really made major changes in her life, she could very well look each of us in the eye and tell us to get our act together. She could be condescending and derisive, explaining how one can cut their plastic usage, but she isn’t. Instead, she has warm, inviting lists of things you can change in your own life. Things you could change but perhaps hadn’t yet thought of. I think my biggest take away from this book was that she mentioned specific companies that will take back their products to reuse or recycle them.

  • Preserve’s Gimme 5 Program: This company will not only take their own used products back, but they will also take #5 stamped plastic tubs, Brita pitcher filter cartridges, Tom’s of Maine deodorant containers and Seventh Generation baby wipe tubs.
  • HP’s Print Cartridge Recycling Program: Participating retailers will take used cartridges to be recycled into new HP products.
  • Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste Tube Recycling: Mail your used tubes back to Tom’s of Maine and they will be down cycled into packaging materials!
  • Electronics Take Back Programs all over the US and Canada

The beauty of Beth’s book is that it inspired me to action. Through all the helpful information, the tone, and the photos, I was challenged to sit back and reevaluate what I’m doing in my home. I even called our trash company to ask what happened to my recycling once it was picked up.

In chapter 4, Beth talks about the details of what recycling actually is here in the states. It made me wonder, so I asked. The poor woman on the phone was taken aback when I countered her scripted answer to my question on where the recycling goes, with another question digging for more information. I was put on hold for 10 minutes while she chatted with her superiors. In my town, the recycling is picked up and taken to a processing facility like the one described in the aforementioned Chapter 4. Now I know that our processing facility only sorts and then redistributes the plastics to buyers who then take the plastic and ship it off to China (primarily). You see, although I was curious, I wasn’t going to ask until Beth talked about it.

I think the book itself is just lovely to look at. Did you know that in all those glossy book jackets, covers and even the thread in the bindings, books are loaded with plastic? Skyhorse Publishing did a lovely job working with Beth Terry to make sure if there was any plastic in the book, it was as minimal as can be. The result is a book that is so eye-catching, I want to use it as decoration now!

Overall, I felt like I learned from Plastic Free in more ways than one. Some of the information that Beth provided as far as what you can do with your household cleaners and personal care products to reduce your plastic usage I felt I already knew, but I appreciated the reminders. The take back programs and some of the product links were new to me. Above all, I appreciated all her hard work and diligence to tackle a project so daunting. I’m inspired and challenged to look at my life and find ways to eliminate plastics and re-purpose what is already here.


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Information About Our Reviewer:

Laura is a stay at home mama to two spunky little ones. She’s learning day by day with her family as they strive to live as naturally as possible. She’s also cooking from scratch, hanging cloth diapers on the line (in full view of the neighborhood!), growing and preserving their food, breastfeeding, homebirthing, and spending lots of time in the great outdoors. Laura loves to learn and her family provides more than enough for her to draw from! She shares what she learns at Pug in the Kitchen.

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