Green Reads: Plastic Free - How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too by Beth Terry

9 June 2015
If all the plastic free living nerds lived in a town, Beth Terry would be elected mayor unanimously. An early warrior for the plastic free movement Beth has gained hundreds of thousands of followers over the course of her journey. Recently she released an updated version of her book Plastic Free - How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.

Now I am not just reading this book because I am in it (cheesy grin). I decided to read it because simply I never have. Which is silly, because I should have bought this book the minute I decided to go plastic free 4 life!

Green Reads: Plastic Free - How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too by Beth Terry

I came across Beth’s blog when I was partaking in my first Plastic Free July and I remember umming and ahhhing about buying her book for a long time. At the time I had just moved house and stubbornly did not think that the money would be worth it. After all, what could it give me that the internet already had?

Ha. I laugh at the Erin of July 2013 and the hours she spent ransacking the internet for answers to problems encountered. All the while everything was neatly tucked into a book by the mayor of the town I was about to move into. If you want to quit plastic and would like to have a comprehensive guide on hand and not waste time scrolling pages then please invest in this book because it is a fantastic resource.

The usual plastic suspects are covered in the book; plastic bags, disposable water bottles, grocery shopping, recycling, eating out, cleaning, and personal care. There were sections that did not apply to my life yet but without a doubt I learnt a lot.

One of the key themes I loved about this book is the constant reminder that there will be some emotional ups and downs, and that those speed humps are normal. Giving up plastic is not a walk in the park; it’s hard and even more difficult when it feels like you are the only one. And it won’t just be hard because of the plastic you are giving up but also many other factors that can leave you feeling frustrated and angry at times. Beth gets this, has rode it out and gently reminds readers as they move along how to deal with the emotional hang ups and feelings of guilt that pop up.

There are checklists and activities to work across as you move through the book plus funny anecdotes and interviews with individuals from around the world. If this book morphed into a human being it would be your very own plastic free cheerleader.

And another thing I loved about the book was the lack of plastic involved in the printing of the book. This lady walks her talk right down to how the book was put together.

G I V E A W A Y 
I am giving away ONE copy of this book. 
To enter all you need to do is write in the comments below or email me the most bizarre plastic item you have come across. Whether it is packaged food or something else that has left you asking whhhhy. 
Please don’t forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you have won. The giveaway closes 14th June and the winner will be notified the 16th June, giving me time to get the book for Plastic Free July. Feel free to share this giveaway with any of your friends. Competition closed. Thanks for entering :)

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