It’s practically impossible to go plastic-free these days, but we can all try. It’s like that phrase ‘(shoot for the moon, you may miss – but you’ll at least end up in the stars). It’s not so much about 100% of people never using a piece of plastic, it’s going back to a culture where people didn’t drop plastic rubbish everywhere, or not use their common sense (use a plate to cover your food!) Zero waste expert Anne Lappe says ‘We don’t need a few people doing zero waste perfectly – we need millions of people trying their best, even if it’s imperfectly’.
Plastic is made from oil, in case you don’t know already. So the more plastic we use, the more plastic we drill for. Using items made from recycled plastic is all well and good, but it’s not the solution. And it’s not really good to wear clothing and use beach towels or wear flops made from recycled plastic, because once they go in the washing machine or you visit the beach, microplastics drop off and go back in the sea anyway (you can buy
Microplastic catch bags, but they aren’t perfect). And even if you ‘catch the plastics’ to end up at landfill, if it rains – they wash away and go down storm drains and back in to the sea again.
These books to help you less plastic are non-preachy, and packed with practical tips that you can implement into daily life, without much fuss. Plastic never biodegrades (or takes 500 years, kind of the same thing). So when it breaks down in the oceans, it causes choking and suffocation of marine wildlife. Using less plastic is much more than swapping to a bamboo toothbrush.
These books contain lifestyle tips. See foods to avoid near pets. If you live with animals, see toxic garden plants, mulch and hazards to avoid and toxic houseplants to avoid (including lilies, sago palm and cheese plants – don’t place plants near windows, as it can cause birds to fly into windows).
For beauty/cleaning recipes, avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing (avoid rosemary oil for high blood pressure) and avoid their use near pets or children (air rooms after use – also see candle safety tips).
Say No to Plastic is a nice affordable little book, packed with 100 tips to help. Just work your way through all the tips, without radically changing your lifestyle. Practical suggestions cover people on a budget, and offer high street substitutes if you can’t afford to shop online, plus DIY ideas to drastically reduce your plastic consumption
No. More. Plastic is by Martin Dorey, who kickstarted the #2minutebeachclean project. This is a very usable book, packed with simple ideas that you can integrate into daily life. Chris Packham read this book and did three things in one day on his journey to go plastic-free and recommends this book to others.
Say Goodbye to Plastic is a book by the founder of a stainless steel lunch box in the US. Sandra shows you how to knock plastic out of your life, or just try out a few novel eco-hacks in the kitchen, bathroom, office or dining room. Opportunities abound to simplify our lives, by recognising and re-thinking wasteful habits.