Practical perspective on – “Life without Plastic” | Summary

“Forget the title! You don’t have to be seeking a life without plastic to get a lot out of this book. It’s a fantastic resource for anyone concerned about the overwhelming place plastic holds in modern life.”―Susan Freinkel, author, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

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This book is a practical perspective on – “Life without Plastic“. Life without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy by Jay Sinha and Chantal Plamondon is filled with science facts about plastic and the deadly chemicals contained therein. In this book there are numerous tips that can actually be to use in the quest for a plastic free life. Easy to read. Interesting from beginning to end.

The book delves into the problem with plastic and what we can do about it. It builds a strong argument for why moving away from plastic in our lives is so important, without feeling like an advertisement for their business. The book is packed with scientific research, meticulously annotated, and highly readable. I finished this book in four days and came away feeling better educated, but also horrified at how bad things are and inspired to take greater action.

The book divides plastics into categories based on their recycling symbol and explains how toxic each type is. Single-use water bottles, for example, are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which the authors say is important to avoid, due to the presence of antimony trioxide, a possible carcinogen.

The authors explain the plastic-making process, how plastic can take so many forms and be the impressively versatile material we know it to be, as well as how recycling takes place — something most people don’t think about, once they’ve placed their blue bins on the curb.

The book spends some time debunking bioplastics, which have been touted as an eco-friendly replacement to fossil fuel-based plastics.

Life Without Plastic heads into ‘practical solutions’ territory, which is a refreshing and empowering section. Room by room, activity by activity, the authors explain how to go about minimizing plastic in one’s life. They offer detailed advice without naming specific brands (there is a resource guide in the back). I am familiar with many of the swaps, but was very impressed by the breadth and depth of their explanations for why these changes matter and where you can find good alternatives. From clothing to lunch supplies to travel to kitchen wares, they have a plastic-free solution to almost everything.

The final chapter encourages readers to jump aboard the global plastic-free movement by connecting them with similarly-minded individuals and groups around the world. There are lists of bloggers, charities, citizen science groups, researchers, and artists, all of whom are working to fight against the plastic scourge.

I feel this book should a part of syllabus be in every school. The amount of hours both the authors put into this book really shows. They have went far and beyond into researching their facts, taking action in their community, and showing easy alternatives for all of us. If you really care about the planet you live on, then I strongly recommend this book in your library.

Even if you are aware that plastic is bad, this will show you every reason to avoid it.

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