Life Without Plastic : The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy
Author(s): Jay Sinha, Chantal Plamondon
After the birth of their son, Jay Sinha and Chantal Plamondon set out on a journey to eliminate plastic baby bottles as the Canadian government moved to ban BPA. When they found it was difficult to procure glass baby bottles, Jay and Chantal made it their mission to not only find glass and metal replacements for plastic, but to make those products accessible to the public as well.
Printed on FSC-certified paper and with BPA-free ink, Life Without Plastic strives to create more awareness about BPA-based products, polystyrene and other single-use plastics, and provides readers with ideas for safe, reusable and affordable alternatives. While plastic has its uses in technology, the medical and industrial sectors and some products around the home, single-use plastics may release chemicals when they come in contact with food and water. These disposable plastics are commonly used to package food and drinks as well as personal care and cleaning products. Jay and Chantal show readers how to analyze their personal plastic use, find alternatives and create easy replacements in this step-by-step guide. Get your family healthier, spread consciousness and radiate positive plastic-free energy by taking action to help the environment.
"Jay and Chantal's wonderful book provides a clear roadmap for protecting our families, our oceans and our personal health from the dangers of single use plastic."—Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, co-founders, The 5 Gyres Institute
"Life Without Plastic has given me hope for what is possible in eliminating this toxic threat from our lives. I'm much closer to my goal of a plastic free life, owing to this wonderful book."—Ed Begley, Jr., actor and sustainable living expert
"Life Without Plastic is must read for the plastic-conscious consumer."—Captain Charles Moore, founder and research director, Algalita Marine Research and Education
"Eliminating plastics is a core step of waste-free living. Life Without Plastic will not only make the planet and your family healthier, it will improve your standard of living so greatly that all you'll regret is not having started earlier!"—Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home
"Chantal and Jay have given us a startling reality check. They give us a compelling map for our personal responsibility. Read Life Without Plastic. Get informed. Take action!"—Joel Solomon, investor, convenor and author of The Clean Money Revolution
"Jay and Chantal are people who paddle out to turn the tide regardless of the waves ahead. They are the impetus for positive change, inspiring our small coastal village Bahia Ballena in Uvita, Costa Rica, to enact a destination-wide plastic-free initiative. Life Without Plastic is the how-to-guide that will allow you to ride the plastic free wave of change we all sorely need."—Travis BaysFounder Bodhi Surf + Yoga, 1st B Corp Certified surf and yoga camp in the world
"Life Without Plastic is a pertinent and useful guide to living mindfully in the Anthropocene (a human dominated planet.) Human influence on the planet and its functioning is widespread and spreading, such that no biome of the Earth’s surface is free from interactions with humanity. Plastic debris is a pervasive anthropogenic contaminant, identified in marine ecosystems across the globe, and recognized as a serious global environmental concern. Life Without Plastic provides a helpful guide to encourage those around us to reduce waste and plastic consumption. Indeed, becoming a plastic-free hero capable of fitting an entire year’s worth of rubbish into a jar certainly doesn’t happen overnight! This book provides thoughtful information to help families plan ahead and change one step at a time—from lunch packing gear to sports equipment."—Céline Jennison, co-founder, Plastic Tides
"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
"For seven years I’ve been on a journey to live close to zero waste and to reduce the amount of plastic in my life, especially single use, disposable plastic. It is a challenge to keep up these practices indefinitely, especially in a society so immersed in plastic and the throw-away lifestyle. Over the last few years plastic has managed to sneak back into my life in ways that I had already rid myself of it.
This book, Life Without Plastic, has re-invigorated my desire to live a life without plastic. Plus, it has given me a deeper understanding of exactly what plastic is, the many types of plastic, the human harm it can cause and the impact it has on our world. After finishing just the first chapter I was already going through all of my stuff and sifting out the plastic that had creeped back into my life and wasn’t serving me well!
The book is written in a manner that can be read by someone fully immersed in the plastic life that wants to make their first change, or by someone like myself who is well on their way to a life without plastic, or anywhere in between. It is non-preaching, non-judgmental, meets us all where we are, and guides us into a happier, healthier and more sustainable life without plastic."
- Rob Greenfield, adventurer, activist, humanitarian and author of Dude Making a Difference