Melati and Isabel Wijsen – Ban Plastic Bags in Bali

In this TED Talk, Melati and Isabel Wijsen explain that they are on a mission to stop plastic bags from suffocating their beautiful island home of Bali. Their efforts — including petitions, beach cleanups, even a hunger strike — paid off when they convinced their governor to commit to a plastic bag-free Bali by 2018. “Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re too young or you won’t understand,” Isabel says to other aspiring activists. “We’re not telling you it’s going to be easy. We’re telling you it’s going to be worth it.”

In this TED Talk, Visual Artist Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition, shares some tough truths about plastic pollution in the ocean and in our lives — and some thoughts on how to free ourselves from the plastic gyre.

Plastic-free activist Beth Terry shares her journey learning to live a plastic-free life in Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. The book is filled with personal anecdotes, environmental stats, individual solutions and tips on how to limit your plastic footprint. Terry includes handy checklists and tables for easy reference, ways to get involved in larger community actions, and profiles of individuals—Plastic-Free Heroes—who have gone beyond personal solutions to create change on a larger scale.

In her eye-opening and engaging book, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, journalist Susan Freinkel treks through history, science, and the global economy to assess the real impact of plastic in our lives, describing the crisis point we’ve reached. She tells her story through eight familiar plastic objects: the comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and credit card. Each one illuminates a different facet of our synthetic world, and together they give us a new way of thinking about a substance that has become the defining medium — and metaphor — of our age.

The Book on Zero Waste Plastic-Free Living Made Simple

Printed on FSC-certified paper and with BPA-free ink, LIFE WITHOUT PLASTIC: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy, 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. By removing plastic from your home, you can reduce your environmental footprint, minimize threats to wildlife, support local businesses, and live a healthier, simpler life.

In this step-by-step guide, the authors show readers how to analyze their personal plastic use, find alternatives and create easy replacements. Get your family healthier, spread consciousness and radiate positive, plastic-free energy by taking action to help the environment.

A student-led Zero Waste Movement group, the Post-Landfill Action Network ensures that students have the tools and information they need to make lasting change on their campuses. They work with industry innovators, campus leaders and other non-profit activists in building best-practice resources.

Download the Plastic-free Campus Manual to gain access to tools and information you need to make lasting changes on your campus. In partnership with the Plastic Pollution Coalition, the Plastic-Free Campus Manual contains 60+ pages of training, best-practices, case studies, and project resources, including:

  1. General organizing advice for smooth leadership turnover, working with administration
    and facilitation collaboration across campus.
  2. Tips for understanding the use of single-use disposable plastics, where to find them, why
    it’s important and who speak with about making a change.
  3. Tangible alternatives to single-use disposable plastics, from the concept of reuse to compostable
    to compostable products.
  4. Guidance on taking action that will be sustained long after you graduate!