Non Fiction

Plastic Free: The Inspiring Story of a Global Environmental Movement and Why It Matters by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, Joanna Atherfold Finn


I read quite a few zero waste books and Plastic-related ones as well since I first got clued in to the reality of the issues around us. It is surprising how blind I was to my own footprint a few years ago! I made a significant stride forward as long as I lived in HK with native food growing quite close by and Indian spices being delivered in paper bags since HK is a central trading hub, and I was spoilt for choice. I am trying to get back to a semblance of that life, although it’s hard where I am now. I was lucky enough to have a bulk store opening in the city just the year before moving! When I saw this written by women in Australia, I thought it might help me.
It did more than that, it reenergized my feelings towards the moment, and I am consciously thinking of what I can do next. It is the most comprehensive book with ideas and moments that I have picked up. It is for the layperson to help jostle one down the path of making even the tiniest bit of difference towards their plastic consumptions. We have individual comments littering the chapters, which further help provide practical anecdotes to solidify the ideology. It is not preachy; it gives suggestions for baby steps, which will appeal to even the most reluctant participants.
The book even addressed the start of the pandemic and how it might impact the reduction of single-use plastics achieved by everyday people! It was an energetic book covering a lot of ground and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to start thinking about the single-use plastics in their house.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers; the review is entirely based on my own reading experience and my previous attempts at looking at my own plastic usage.

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