How to live ‘Life Without Plastic’

The people behind Life Without Plastic, an online store for plastic-free gear, have a new book LIFE WITHOUT PLASTIC: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy.

Printed on FSC-certified paper with BPA-free ink, the book explains the health and environmental problems of plastic and provides readers with ideas for safe, reusable, and affordable alternatives.

How did the book come about? After the birth of their son, Chantal Plamondon and Jay Sinha set out on a journey to avoid plastic baby bottles as the Canadian government moved to ban bisphenol A (BPA). When they found it was difficult to procure glass baby bottles, Chantal and Jay made it their mission to not only find glass and metal replacements for plastic, but to make those products accessible to others as well.

In this step-by-step guide, Chantal and Jay show readers how to analyze their personal plastic use, find alternatives, and create easy replacements.

About Chantal Plamondon and Jay Sinha

Chantal Plamondon and Jay Sinha are the co-founders of Life Without Plastic, an online shop and information resource for safe, high quality, ethically-sourced, Earth-friendly alternatives to plastic products for everyday life. They live in the rolling Gatineau Hills of Wakefield, Quebec, Canada (in a twist of ironic black humor—though it’s really not funny at all—their beloved hometown recently became the location for an expanded polystyrene factory!).

Chantal Plamondon is an ecopreneur and lawyer born and raised in Ste-Thérèse, Québec, Canada. She attended McGill Law School and went on to obtain a masters degree in law with a specialization in business ethics from the University of Ottawa. She also graduated from HEC Montréal with a degree in Management. Starting a multiple bottom line, conscious business has always been at the top of her life goals. Since co-founding Life Without Plastic with Jay, she’s been dealing primarily with strategic development, product sourcing and accounting. This passion to protect the environment was passed on to her from her Huron-Wendat mother who told her about the importance of being grateful for what the Big Turtle, our planet Earth, offers us every day. She hopes that during her lifetime, everything produced on our planet will go back to feed the Earth and its creatures in a healthy nutritious way, without any bits of plastic being caught between the teeth.

Jay Sinha is is an ecopreneur, scientist and lawyer who hails proudly from the windy prairies of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where the sun shines bright and the sky is huge. He has always been captivated by nature, and his environmental protection instincts really kicked into gear when doing a grade six project on acid rain. Now he sees chilling parallels between yesterday’s acid rain and today’s borderless toxic microplastics. An honors degree in biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario taught him about the microscopic world within and around us all. He spent a year living and travelling in Europe, and in India exploring his Bengali roots—all the while absorbing first hand how we are one people, regardless of whether we’re from Grenoble or Kolkata…or Winnipeg. Continuing his international and eco-oriented life focus, he completed civil and common law degrees at McGill University in Montreal, followed by a dip back into science with a graduate diploma in ecotoxicology from Concordia University—all the better to understand the toxic effects of plastics. He is a writer at heart who hopes his words will help people, and contribute to making the world a better place.

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