It’ll come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog that I’ve recently read Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free (she also has a blog, sorta sad it’s not called Fake Plastic Fish anymore!) . Before I read Beth’s book, I did post all the reasons I’m not plastic free.
I loved Beth’s book – she’s real. She struggled. She admitted she loved ready made freezer food, and there is no plastic free freezer convenience food. She admits to stalking the drug store looking for alcohol not in plastic, and buying a woolen duster, just cause it was plastic free.
The point is, in contrast to Bea Johnson’s book Zero Waste Home, you feel like you are on the journey with Beth, and she’s not preaching. She knows every reader won’t go to the same extents she will, but similarly, she make compromises too. You have to, it’s just not practical to be 100% plastic free in today’s world.
I did learn a few things from her book too, that I’d like to share:
- Thermal receipts/paper is not recyclable. I’d never thought about what make thermal paper work, but it’s coated in plastic, and so not great for recycling
- BPA free items don’t explain exactly what is in them, and there’s no promises that aren’t equally as bad for you :s
- My milk containers are layers of plastic and paper, and likely aren’t recyclable. Sadly, given it’s heat treated cows milk that makes it lactose free (rather than soy or almond milk), I’m not sure how to work around it.
I could make my weekly posts link up to her weekly plastic free challenge, and join more like minded souls – though it does require taking some of the recyclable plastic and looking at that. So far, I don’t include that in my weekly Zero Waste posts. Have any of you read Beth’s book?
Oh, and bin man stood me up on Friday. So I will try to rebook to meet him, and will diligently report to my readers.
Lastly, I’ve forgotten my gratitude section in the last few posts 🙁 Whenever I queue posts, I don’t put them in, so it’ll come and go from posts as I see fit. BUT… in other news, I took a snap of my licences since I moved to NSW and put them on my blog’s Facebook account. Please feel free to have a sticky beak at my face changing over time – the BF likes my second learners the best I think. You should be able to link from the bottom of the right hand side’s banner.