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Beth Terry
Attended University of Maryland, College Park
Lives in Oakland, CA
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Win a copy of the new edition of Plastic-Free!
Sometimes people tell me that they want to eat plastic-free, but that they don't have time to visit three different supermarkets and spend hours on meal prepping. To help you eat plastic-free witho...
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I loved reliving a wonderful Burning Man adventure through the eyes of Virgin Burner and new best friend Bea Johnson of +Zero Waste Home.
I am no longer a Burgin, I am now officially a Burner.  I come back from Burning Man, a week camping on the middle of desert with 75 thousand other people, refreshed and blown away. Waste-free living there was easy (armed...
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10 Tips for Reducing Plastic in our Lives!  Can you name one?  Plus enter the +Balm Baby Plastic Free July Giveaway!!   #plasticfreejuly   #giveaway  
10 Tips for Reducing Plastic in our Lives. Enter the Balm Baby Plastic Free July Challenge and Giveaway!
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This is why we can't just clean it all up. We have to stop it at the source.
Seabed survey reveals depth of marine litter problem by mapping waste in Atlantic and Arctic oceans and Mediterranean
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Check out this cool plastic-free give-away from +Aquarian Bath !
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A significant amount of synthetic clothing fibers have been found inside fish caught off the Northern California coast and ending up on local dinner plates, according to a new study by environmental scientists at UC Davis. About a quarter of the 64 fish purchased at fish markets in Half Moon Bay and Princeton and analyzed for the study turned out to have bits of synthetic clothing in their guts, said lead researcher Chelsea Rochman, of the UC Da...
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Some (many?) cosmetic products use biodegradable material, such as crushed walnut shells, for the exfoliating microbeads. I was pretty horrified to learn that many companies use plastic. Our water management infrastructure can't keep up with the new pollutants!
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Am I obsessive compulsive? Maybe a tiny bit. But if it make me an effective activist, I'm okay with that. Remember, I never insist everyone else should be as extreme as I am. I just want to see what's possible. :-)

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Hey SF Bay Area folks... Join me in the brand new Plastic-Free SF Bay Google Group to support each other and share local resources for living with less plastic.
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Please help get this app made!
Toxic chemicals can affect our kids' health. I found out how, gave a TED talk, made a film and now I'm turning it into an app
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We were downwind and had showers of burning cinders rain down on us. Dangerous but awesome. Cool picture. I never had a chance to go inside and down the slide. Or I guess it wasn't enough of a priority.
 
This is the underside of the wild alien spaceship that held the man that burned at the end of the week... I've never seen a bigger fire in my life!  

As people would tour the alien spaceship, the only way out was the slide.  You should have seen people's reactions when +Cliff Baise's son slid out dressed as an alien!   #BurningMan  
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Oakland, CA
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Maryland - Washington, DC & San Francisco, CA
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In June of 2007, recovering from surgery, I read the article and saw the photo that changed my life.  The article was Plastic Ocean and the photo showed the carcass of a dead sea bird, its belly full of plastic pieces:  bottle caps, cigarette lighters, even a toothbrush.  I looked at my own life and realized that  through my unconscious overconsumption, I was personally contributing the the suffering of creatures I hadn't even known existed. 

That week, a new passion and blog was born: My Plastic-Free Life (formerly Fake Plastic Fish).  I've been blogging away ever since, collecting and tallying my own plastic waste and writing about plastic-free alternatives (See my ongoing Plastic-Free Guide) and ways we can do better.  In June 2012, Skyhorse Publishing Company released my first book: Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.

Sometimes I succeed.  Sometimes I fail.  Sometimes I'm a lot preachier than I mean to be, and afterwards I feel like a jerk.  Really, I'm no different from anyone else who cares about the planet.

Living with less plastic is really not as hard as it seems, but our awareness of disposable plastic in our lives can be transformative.  To that end, I threw down the gauntlet last May and invited Fake Plastic Fish readers to collect and tally their own plastic waste for a week and upload the results to a new Show Us Your (Plastic) Trash web site.  How can we know where we need to go if we don't know where we are to begin with?  Solving the plastic pollution problem will require more than individual personal actions.  But individual actions and personal awareness are essential for creating the kind of world in which we want to live and the impetus to spark bigger action.

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  • University of Maryland, College Park
    English, 1983 - 1987
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I love what the Monterey Bay Aquarium is trying to do for our oceans with their sustainable seafood guide and programs on ocean plastic pollution. I just wish they would get the plastic toys out of the gift shop!
Appeal: Very GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Very Good
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reviewed 2 years ago
Great that there is a local electronics store in the area that has the tiny parts necessary to fix gadgets when they break instead of having to replace them.
Quality: Very GoodAppeal: Very GoodService: Very Good
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reviewed 2 years ago
I want to love this place. I really do. But the food is very starchy and leaves me feeling like I've just had a big Thanksgiving meal... and not in a good way. And the cool sounding beverages they list on the menu? They all come in plastic bottles. Please ditch the plastic, Souley Vegan.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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reviewed 2 years ago
Probably the best vegetarian lasagna I have ever had in my life. Just the right size (meaning half as high as most lasagnas), the right combination of flavors, the right amount of cheese, just wow. Also, went there for Sunday brunch yesterday and had the egg and polenta bowl. It was amazing. Plus, they have free wifi and each time I have been there, the staff have been very cool about letting me stay for as long as I want. Unfortunately, the service has been spotty. Some of the wait staff are less attentive than others.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Good
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Even though it's a chain, Panera is a good place to buy bread without plastic if you bring your own paper or cloth bag for them to put your loaf in. Don't have them slice it for you if you want it to stay fresher longer.
Quality: Very GoodAppeal: Very GoodService: Very Good
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The owner, Leon Pang, is amazing. If he can fix it, he will and will charge a very reasonable rate. If he can't fix it, he will let you know, and will take the time to explain what is wrong and why it can or cannot be fixed. Once, when my laptop was overheating and I wasn't going to be able to make it to the shop before Leon left for the day, he drove to my house and picked up the laptop on this way home. Then he had it ready for me and all fixed the next day.
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reviewed 2 years ago
Have been spending my weekends here recording the audio version of my book Plastic-Free. The engineer Alberto is really great. Very patient and helpful. The setup is comfortable. They provide water in a glass bottle with a real glass and fresh apple slices.
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