Did you know that July is Plastic Free Month? I really wish such things would be publicized so that EVERYONE knew about it. Here is is the middle of July and we all could have been striving to use no plastic, or at the very least as little plastic as possible, since the start of July. Hopefully now that you know this, you and your family and friends will make every effort possible to reduce the amount of plastic you use.
Plastic is one of the more harmful things to not only our planet, but also all forms of life whether it’s animal or human.
Did you know…
- More than 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from plastic pollution every year.
- 88% of the sea’s surface is polluted by plastic waste.
- 1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption contains plastic.
These facts came from Condor Ferries‘ website.
Plastic does not just affect sea life, it affects ALL living creatures – including humans – on Earth. It’s destroying our environment.
The next time you purchase a plastic water bottle, or use a plastic straw, think about what will happen to it when you toss it out? Even a plastic comb or a plastic bucket… they have to go some where when they are no longer used. Most of the times they end up slowly decaying in a landfill, or clogging up our oceans.
There is a new book that is out now called Say Goodbye to Plastic: A Survival Guide for Plastic-Free Living, by Sandra Ann Harris. I was sent a copy of the book to review.
I was interested in reading this book because I want to be even MORE aware of how plastics are in our lives, and to learn tips on what I can do to not only cut down the use of plastics by me and my family, but also other ways I can reduce my carbon footprint.
This book is really easy to read, and the material is easy to digest. It’s written in a way we can all understand. It’s not like a text book. This is a book for the average man and woman to read and comprehend. Even young adults and children can read and understand this book.
Ms. Harris writes as if she is talking to you friend to friend. I like that relaxed tone of the book.
This book is a quick read (less than 200 pages). One thing I really like about this book is that it’s set up in a way that you can easily go back to reference the material without having to hunt for it.
In this book you’ll find plastic-free solutions to plastic products we use on a daily basis. She doesn’t suggest you go out and buy expensive products, nor does she reference any specific brands (meaning she’s not promoting any brands or encouraging you to buy from certain places). She simply gives suggestions on what you CAN do if you so choose (which I hope you do).
I like that this book makes you fully aware of the cold, hard fact that just because you toss out something that is made out of plastic, that doesn’t mean that it just “disappears.” That plastic hanger, those plastic toys, and even the plastic eating utensils from the local take our restaurant will be here decades after you toss them in your trash. They may be out of your sight and out of your mind, but they are not gone. Not by a long shot.
The tips and suggestions in this book are easy enough for anyone to do. You can use this as a starting point to making your home, and your life, truly plastic free. If she can do it, so can you and I.
Say Goodbye to Plastic: A Survival Guide for Plastic-Free Living by Sandra Ann Harris is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and where most books are sold.
Ms. Harris also shared this great guest post about Easy Steps for Earth-Friendly Picnics. Summer time is a great time for a picnic with family and friends. These tips can help you to reduce the amount of plastic that you’ll waste, as well as how to reduce your carbon footprint.
It is summertime and thankfully we are starting to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and can safely celebrate the season of picnic parties with friends and family. Before you head out and stock up on throwaway picnic staples, like plastic cups, plates, utensils, napkins, take a minute to tune up your eco-friendly lifestyle and learn how to ditch needless plastics.
As we eat, drink and be merry, there’s no need to fall back into wasteful habits and trash our planet with needless single-use plastics, according to Sandra Ann Harris, the author of Say Goodbye To Plastic: A Survival Guide to Plastic-Free Living. Here are a few tips from her book to help you reboot your picnicking habits.
Step #1: Ditch the Car
Reduce your carbon footprint and pick a picnic spot you can walk, bike, boat, or get to with public transit. If that’s not possible, carpool with friends.
Step #2: Pack Reusables
Bring reusable picnic blankets and decorate tables with washable tablecloths instead of disposables. We love adding a little extra joy to our celebrations with candles, fresh-cut flowers, or found objects from nature in our table arrangements.
Step #3: Shop Local
Shop at your local Farmer’s Market or produce stand for a local and organically grown menu. Great produce makes the chef’s job super easy! Think simple. Finger foods like cut fruits, nuts, or local honey and peanut butter sandwiches are simple and nourishing for all ages. Also, some cheeses, like Brie and Camembert, are lovely softened in the sun and spread over fresh baked bread.
Bonus tip: Make your own beverage and serve in a pitcher. That way you don’t have to deal with all the cans and bottles.
Step #4: No Excuse for Single-Use
Too often outdoor celebrations generate excessive waste because organizers are concerned about using breakable tableware outdoors and the hassle of cleaning up. One idea is to ask picnickers to BYO dishes, water bottles or cups, cloth napkins, and utensils. If that is not your style, pack a sturdy cardboard box with reusables to share with your guests. We suggest stainless steel picnic plates, assorted reusable utensils, cotton washable napkins, and mason jars or stainless steel cups.
Step #5: Clean Up Responsibly
Have bins or boxes for recycling, compost, and waste clearly marked and available for use by your guests. If you hiked or walked in, make sure to pack out all your waste. If you are in a park that does not offer recycling or composting, take it home and use your own compost and recycling bins.
Step #6: Make It Happen
Celebrate the joy of making a difference and knowing that, as Gandhi said, “Action expresses priorities.” Let’s be green and act green while picnicking.
“A little planning goes a long way when it comes to avoiding a ton of trash during picnics,” said Harris, whose company ECOlunchbox specializes in reusable stainless steel containers that work great for outdoor entertaining. “It might sound like a ton of work to pack reusables for your events, but doing the right thing for our planet is a team sport.”
About the Author
Sandra Ann Harris is the founder and president of ECOlunchbox, a mission-based consumer products company. Her passion is protecting the oceans by reducing people’s dependence on plastics. ECOlunchbox, a certified B Corporation and California Green Business, innovates and sells high-quality, plastic-free food container solutions. She has a diverse background in business consulting, product development, investigative journalism, and digital marketing strategy along with her work in the non-profit sector for a humanitarian aid organization. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her family.
***I received a free copy of the book in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.