Am I the only one or do you also think of The Graduate when you hear people talk about plastics?
This past Saturday I went to one of our local libraries and heard Beth Terry, author of Plastic Free, and Danielle Richardet, It Starts With Me, speak.
Beth spoke about how she has moved to creating almost no plastic trash (except for some of the unavoidables like prescription refill bottles) after reading the article "Our Oceans Are Turning to Plastic...Are We?"
She showed us the ugly, British trash exported to China:
But she also showed us the good, products that can make for more eco-friendly living:
Glass Dharma glass straws
Chico reusable bags that come with a pouch (so you can always keep one on you)
RePEat bamboo utensil set that you can keep in your purse
Danielle also read the same article on water pollution and became driven to bring down her plastic consumption.
She not only uses reusable bags at the store but she brings jars everywhere with her. She has them for her bulk bin items at her local co-op but also for leftovers at restaurants.
I have never thought about bringing my own container to a restaurant. But it is rather wasteful to bring home the one time use container when I could plan ahead and bring something with me.
Did you know you can bring your own jars to fill at the bulk bin section of grocery stores (places such as Whole Foods, local co-ops, and natural food stores)?
After the talk I was overwhelmed with information. Beth's advice was to just do what you can and don't try to tackle everything at once...because after all every little bit helps.
That was good advice.
Now I mentioned that Beth wrote a book, Plastic Free:
I would like to give you all an opportunity to win a signed copy of this book.
The giveaway will run through Monday March 18th and I will announce the winner on Tuesday the 19th.
To enter fill in the Rafflecopter below (I promise the winner's book will be shipped plastic free)
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