Plastic Free July is here. A month to inspire, support and aspire to improve the quality of your life and nature around you by reducing the amount of plastic in your life. One of the main things to remember about going plastic free is, that every little step counts, you don’t have to do it all at once, do it step by step and then slowly will be no more plastic left in your life.
Last year My Good Planet wrote about the history, idea and initiative behind Plastic Free July, as well as we posted a Plastic Free Shopping Guide and how art (Thomas Brezing interview) responds to the plastic crisis in the modern age. Along with that we also wrote about re-cycled clothing, sustainable brands and women’s health natural way.
Going Plastic Free can seem a bit overwhelming, since plastic literally is everywhere (I am even typing this on a plastic keyboard), it does not necessarily mean, that you have to dump everything that contains plastic. The idea of Plastic Free July is simply to evaluate what you can swap for more sustainable options and whether what you are buying you really need. First and foremost, the best way to reduce your plastic consumption is – don’t buy anything -, and then secondly evaluate whether you need it, and if you do, then choose the most sustainable and affordable option that is available to you. To help and inspire you to start and/or continue your plastic free lifestyle, we have compiled a handy reading list, which will guide you through the various ways of how you can help to reduce plastic pollution, as well as these books will offer you a general insight into the dangers of plastic pollution and why it is so important to reduce your waste and live more sustainably and aligned with nature. Read on, and let us know which one is your favourite!
- How To Live Plastic Free: A Day in the Life of Plastic Detox written by the Marine Conservation Society.
This book will teach you how to reduce your plastic usage every day; it will guide you through your day, giving you tips and advice for removing unnecessary plastic at every possible option. Remember, the four Rs – reduce, refuse, reuse and recycle – throughout your day, and you are already on a great start.
If you are not ready to invest in the book, you can find their free and handy Living Without Single Use Plastic pdf guide here.
- How To Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time written by Will McCallum.
Will McCallum is the head of oceans, Greenpeace UK, and the campaigner at the forefront of the anti-plastic movement. This book will help you to make small changes that make a big difference, from buying a reusable water bottle, coffee cup to running your own local beach and/or park clean up, as well as how to convince others to give up plastic.
- No. More. Plastic.: What You Can Do to Make a Difference written by Martin Dorey.
Martin Dorey is the founder of “#2minutesolution”, a surfer and a writer. He founded the Beach Clean Network with Tab Perry in 2009 and started the “2minutebeachclean” hashtag in 2013. This book will help you to continue the clean-up beyond your beaches with 2 minute solutions for your everyday life.
- Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and You Can Too by Beth Terry.
Beth Terry is a former accountant from Oakland, California, and in 2007 after learning about the devastating effects of plastic pollution she became an activist, author and public speaker. This book is a practical guide of riding your life and our planet of plastic. You can also follow Terry’s ideas, tips and 100 Steps to Get Started on her homepage – My Plastic Free Life.
- Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson.
This book is the ultimate guide to simplified and sustainable living from Bea Johnson, the author of the popular blog of the same name. In fact, Johnson coined the term “zero waste” back in 2008, when there was no term that could describe her and her family’s lifestyle, with which they simply wanted to stop producing rubbish. Remember, every step in the direction of reducing waste is the step in the right direction.
Hope this reading list will inspire you to say no to plastic and to reuse and recycle as much as possible.