Plastic Purge: How to use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles!

In Plastic Purge, ecologist, SanClements has put together the most up-to-date and scientifically-backed information available to explain how plastics release toxins into your body and the effect they have on your and your children’s health. Both approachable and engaging, Plastic Purge provides easy-to-follow advice for how to use less plastic, thereby reaping the benefits such as eating a healthier diet and living with less clutter. Dividing plastics into three separate categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly, SanClements shows you how to embrace the good (items like your phone or medical equipment), avoid the bad (food storage containers and toys that contain toxic chemicals), and use less of the ugly (single-use plastic that’s just plain wasteful).

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.

In Garbology, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Humes investigates the trail of 102 tons of trash—what’s in it; how much we pay for it; how we manage to create so much of it; and how some families, communities, and even nations are finding a way back from waste to discover a new kind of prosperity. Along the way, he introduces a collection of garbage denizens unlike anyone you’ve ever met: the trash-tracking detectives of MIT, the bulldozer-driving sanitation workers building Los Angeles’ immense Garbage Mountain landfill, the artists in residence at San Francisco’s dump, and the family whose annual trash output fills not a dumpster or a trash can, but a single mason jar.

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!

Tell Whole Foods: Take single-use plastic packaging off store shelves today.

Plastic waste is piling up at a record pace in our parks, streets and oceans. We’re on track to put more than 53 trillion metric tons of plastic into our oceans and waterways each year by 2030.

It’s time to turn the tide on the plastic pollution crisis. And companies that use a lot of single-use plastic, such as supermarket chains, can play a big role.

We can and must expect better from grocery chains like Whole Foods. We’re calling on Whole Foods to eliminate single-use plastic packaging items from its stores.

A recent report gave Whole Foods an “F” on reducing plastic waste. Why? The company has failed to embrace reusable packaging and recycled content, and it hasn’t been transparent about the packaging materials it uses or taken responsibility for the plastic waste its packaging becomes. That puts Whole Foods behind even Walmart and Kroger when it comes to leadership on reducing plastic pollution.

Such a disappointing grade is certainly surprising for Whole Foods. At one point, the grocer was a prominent leader on cutting out unnecessary plastic, from eliminating plastic bags at checkout in 2008 to removing plastic straws from its stores in 2019.

But now, without making moves to eliminate single-use plastics from its shelves, Whole Foods is not living up to its reputation as a sustainable, environmentally conscious company.

The good news is Whole Foods can make a huge impact on this issue if it acts right now and sets an example on plastic waste reduction that others in the industry can follow.

That’s where you come in. Add your name to our call for Whole Foods to eliminate single-use plastic packaging.

There’s no denying our plastic waste crisis is a daunting one. Over the next decade, the total volume of plastic in the world’s waterways could reach 53 trillion tons.

But as bad as plastic pollution has gotten, there remain concrete, achievable solutions we can enact to move our country beyond plastic and toward a zero-waste economy.

U.S. PIRG knows what it takes to get decision-makers to take action on plastic pollution, and our national network has won efforts in cities and states across the country to reduce waste, including pro-recycling laws and bans on some of the worst single-use items such as plastic bags and polystyrene foam containers.

Now, we’re turning our focus to include the corporations that produce and use all this plastic in the first place. With your support, we can convince major companies such as Whole Foods to stop contributing to the problem and become a part of the solution.

Tell Whole Foods: Take single-use plastic packaging off store shelves today.