How to give up plastic A guide to changing the world, one plastic bottle at a time

Will McCallum

Book - 2019

"An accessible guide to the changes we can all make--small and large--to rid our lives of disposable plastic and clean up the world's oceans. It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to fully biodegrade, and there are around 12.7 million tons of plastic entering the ocean each year. At our current pace, in the year 2050 there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish, by weight. These are alarming figures, but plastic pollution is an environmental crisis with a solution we can all c...ontribute to. How to Give Up Plastic is a straightforward guide to eliminating plastic from your life. Going room by room through your home and workplace, Greenpeace activist Will McCallum teaches you how to spot disposable plastic items and find plastic-free, sustainable alternatives to each one. From carrying a reusable straw, to catching microfibers when you wash your clothes, to throwing plastic-free parties, you'll learn new and intuitive ways to reduce plastic waste. And by arming you with a wealth of facts about global plastic consumption and anecdotes from activists fighting plastic around the world, you'll also learn how to advocate to businesses and leaders in your community and across the country to commit to eliminating disposable plastics for good"--

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Published
New York : Penguin Books 2019.
Language
English
Item Description
"First published in Penguin Books (UK) 2018"-- T.p. verso.
Physical Description
xi, 208 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
ISBN
9780143134336
0143134337
Main Author
Will McCallum (author)
  • A short history of fighting plastic
  • The problem with plastic
  • Stories of hope and success
  • How can one person make a difference?
  • Giving up plastic in the bathroom
  • Giving up plastic in the bedroom
  • Giving up plastic in the kitchen
  • Giving up plastic on the go
  • Giving up plastic in the nursery
  • Giving up plastic in the workplace
  • Giving up plastic in your community
  • What does the future hold?
Review by Booklist Reviews

Between 5 and 13 million tons of plastic waste enter the ocean every year, and plastic waste is expected to triple within the next decade. Greenpeace adviser and anti-plastics activist McCallum presents a road map to ending the culture of disposability that has led to massive overdependence on plastics. Local success stories and interviews with environmental activists are interspersed with tips and guidelines for reducing use of plastic products, from the usual suspects like drink bottles and grocery bags to more surprising culprits like fleece jackets and glitter. But McCallum emphasizes that consumer choices alone are not enough; communal action is required to compel governments and corporations to take action to end the overuse of plastic products. Step-by-step instructions for lobbying government representatives, leveraging news outlets and social media to influence local and national businesses, and eliminating plastic in the home empower readers to promote change at every level. Though clearly aimed at affluent and nondisabled readers, this accessible and optimistic book nevertheless offers a galvanizing alternative to ominous media prophecies of inevitable environmental disaster. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"An accessible guide to the changes we can all make--small and large--to rid our lives of disposable plastic and clean up the world's oceans. It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to fully biodegrade, and there are around 12.7 million tons of plastic entering the ocean each year. At our current pace, in the year 2050 there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish, by weight. These are alarming figures, but plastic pollution is an environmental crisis with a solution we can all contribute to. How to Give Up Plastic is a straightforward guide to eliminating plastic from your life. Going room by room through your home and workplace, Greenpeace activist Will McCallum teaches you how to spot disposable plastic items and find plastic-free, sustainable alternatives to each one. From carrying a reusable straw, to catching microfibers when you wash your clothes, to throwing plastic-free parties, you'll learn new and intuitive ways to reduce plastic waste. And by arming you with a wealth of facts about global plastic consumption and anecdotes from activists fighting plastic around the world, you'll also learn how to advocate to businesses and leaders in your community and across the country to commit to eliminating disposable plastics for good"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An accessible guide to the changes we can all make—small and large—to rid our lives of disposable plastic and clean up the world’s oceansHow to Give Up Plastic is a straightforward guide to eliminating plastic from your life. Going room by room through your home and workplace, Greenpeace activist Will McCallum teaches you how to spot disposable plastic items and find plastic-free, sustainable alternatives to each one. From carrying a reusable straw, to catching microfibers when you wash your clothes, to throwing plastic-free parties, you’ll learn new and intuitive ways to reduce plastic waste. And by arming you with a wealth of facts about global plastic consumption and anecdotes from activists fighting plastic around the world, you’ll also learn how to advocate to businesses and leaders in your community and across the country to commit to eliminating disposable plastics for good.It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to fully biodegrade, and there are around 12.7 million tons of plastic entering the ocean each year. At our current pace, in the year 2050 there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish, by weight. These are alarming figures, but plastic pollution is an environmental crisis with a solution we can all contribute to.