BOOKS

From Oil & Marine Pollution to Living Without Plastic 

How to Give Up Plastic: Simple Steps to Living Consciously on Our Blue Planet

“As read by James Corden, Fearne Cotton, Jim Chapman and Dougie Poytner.

‘We have a responsibility, every one of us’ David Attenborough

Around 12.7 million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean every year, killing over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals.

By 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight.

Plastic pollution is the environmental scourge of our age, but how can YOU make a difference?

This accessible guide, written by the campaigner at the forefront of the anti-plastic movement, will help you make the small changes that make a big difference, from buying a reusable coffee cup to running a clean-up at your local park or beach. Tips on giving up plastic include:

· Washing your clothes within a wash bag to catch plastic microfibers (the cause of 30% of plastic pollution in the ocean)
· Replacing your regular shampoo with bar shampoo
· How to lobby your supermarket to remove unnecessary packaging
· How to throw a plastic-free birthday party
· How to convince others to join you in giving up plastic

Plastic is not going away without a fight. We need a movement made up of billions of individual acts, bringing people together from all backgrounds and all cultures, the ripples of which will be felt from the smallest village to the tallest skyscrapers. This is a call to arms – to join forces across the world and to end our dependence on plastic.

#BreakFreeFromPlastic

Plastic is not going away without a fight. We need a movement made up of billions of individual acts, bringing people together from all backgrounds and all cultures, the ripples of which will be felt from the smallest village to the tallest skyscrapers.

‘Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world’ Theresa May

‘As Head of Oceans at Greenpeace, Will is on the front line of humanity’s global fight against plastic. This timely book not only explains how we got into this mess, but most importantly offers an optimistic and proactive approach as to how we can get out of it’. – Richard Walker, Managing Director at Iceland”

Published: April 2019 / Author: Will McCallum

Plastic Soup: An Atlas of Ocean Pollution

“Plastics have transformed every aspect of our lives. Yet the very properties that make them attractive–they are cheap to make, light, and durable–spell disaster when trash makes its way into the environment. Plastic Soup: An Atlas of Ocean Pollution is a beautifully-illustrated survey of the plastics clogging our seas, their impacts on wildlife and people around the world, and inspirational initiatives designed to tackle the problem. In Plastic Soup, Michiel Roscam Abbing of the Plastic Soup Foundation reveals the scope of the issue: plastic trash now lurks on every corner of the planet. With striking photography and graphics, Plastic Soup brings this challenge to brilliant life for readers. Yet it also sends a message of hope; although the scale of the problem is massive, so is the dedication of activists working to check it. Plastic Soup highlights a diverse array of projects to curb plastic waste and raise awareness, from plastic-free grocery stores to innovative laws and art installations. According to some estimates, if we continue on our current path, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by the year 2050. Created to inform and inspire readers, Plastic Soup is a critical tool in the fight to reverse this trend.”

Published: April 2019 / Author: Michiel Roscom Abbing

101 Ways to Go Zero Waste

“We all know how important it is to reduce our environmental footprint, but it can be daunting to know where to begin. Enter Kathryn Kellogg, who can fit all her rubbish from the past two years into a 16-ounce jar. How? She starts by saying “no” to straws and grocery bags and “yes” to a reusable water bottle and compostable dish scrubbers.

In 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, Kellogg shares these tips and more, along with DIY recipes for beauty and home; advice for responsible consumption and making better choices for home goods, fashion and the office; and even secrets for how to go waste free at the airport. “It’s not about perfection”, she says. “It s about making better choices.”

This is a practical, friendly blueprint of realistic lifestyle changes for anyone who wants to reduce their waste.”

Published: May 2019 / Author: Kathryn Kellogg

Waste Not: Make a Big Difference by Throwing Away Less

‘This is a much-needed guidebook from a true agent of change.’ Sarah Wilson, bestselling author of I Quit Sugar

Shrink-wrapped vegetables, disposable coffee cups… we’re surrounded by stuff that we use once and throw away. Eco-activist Erin Rhoads knows that small changes can have a big impact. In Waste Not she shares everything she’s learnt from her own funny, inspiring – and far-from-perfect – journey to living with less waste. Learn how to switch out the disposable plastics from your shopping trolley and make simple cleaning solutions free from harmful chemicals. Find your favourite beauty products without all the packaging, make sustainable clothing, travel green or even plan your own zero-waste wedding. Waste Not is here to help.

The book itself is produced in the most sustainable way possible: it was edited & designed entirely electronically, it is printed on FSC certified paper with soy-based inks, and all excess paper during printing was recycled.”

Published: March 2019 / Author: Erin Rhoads

There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years

“Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, plastics – the list of concerns seems endless. But what is most pressing, what are the knock-on effects of our actions, and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? Should we frack? How can we take control of technology? Does it all come down to population? And, given the global nature of the challenges we now face, what on Earth can any of us do? Fortunately, Mike Berners-Lee has crunched the numbers and plotted a course of action that is practical and even enjoyable. There is No Planet B maps it out in an accessible and entertaining way, filled with astonishing facts and analysis. For the first time you’ll find big-picture perspective on the environmental and economic challenges of the day laid out in one place, and traced through to the underlying roots – questions of how we live and think. This book will shock you, surprise you – and then make you laugh. And you’ll find practical and even inspiring ideas for what you can actually do to help humanity thrive on this – our only – planet.”

Published: February 2019 / Author: Mike Berners-Lee

Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (And You) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again

“Enough plastic is thrown away every year to circle the world 4 times
More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year
300 million tonnes of new plastic is produced every year
An estimated 15-51 trillion pieces of plastic now litter the world’s oceans
38.5 million plastic bottles are used every day in the UK
million plastic bottles are used per minute around the world
500 million plastic straws are used per year

Without big action, at the current rate, pieces of plastic will outnumber fish in the ocean by 2050. That is the legacy we are leaving our children and grandchildren.

Plastic flows into our lives from every direction and most of it is not recycled. Instead it is incinerated or ends up in landfill, where it will sit for hundreds of years, or enters the world’s seas where it fragments into tiny pieces to become microplastics – the environmental scourge of our times.

Many of us had assumed that governments, brands and waste authorities were dealing with plastic on our behalf. But the impact of shows such as Blue Planet along with national beach cleans and high-profile campaigns have resulted in a collective wake-up call. If there were plans and strategies, they have not worked as we imagined. It would be easy to feel despondent but instead we need to turn our anger and emotion into action, starting by making a big dent in our own enormous consumption.

Turning the tide on Plastic is here just in time. Journalist, broadcaster and eco lifestyle expert Lucy Siegle provides a powerful call to arms to end the plastic pandemic along with the tools we need to make decisive change. It is a clear-eyed, authoritative and accessible guide to help us to take decisive and effective personal action.

Because this matters. When it comes to single-use plastics, we are habitual users, reaching out for plastic water bottles, disposable coffee cups, plastic straws and carrier bags multiple times a day. If only 12 of us adopt Lucy’s ‘reduce, rethink, refill, refuse’ approach, we could potentially ditch 3K-15K single items of plastic in a year. When we consider our power as influencers – whether at school, the hairdressers, at work or on the bus – we suddenly become part of something significant.

So now is the time to speak up, take action and demand the change you want to see in the ocean, in the supermarket aisles and on the streets. It’s time to turn the tide on plastic, and this book will show you how.”

Published: December 2018 / Author: Lucy Siegle

Say No to Plastic: 101 Easy Ways to Use Less Plastic

“We’ve reached an environmental crisis point with plastic, and it’s time to take action. But is it possible to make positive changes without radically changing your lifestyle? Absolutely! This practical book suggests eco-friendly alternatives to plastic, including budget options, high-street substitutes and DIY ideas to help you drastically reduce your plastic consumption. With 101 simple ways to use less plastic, you’ll find it easy to take the first step and make a difference.”

Published: September 2018 / Author: Harriet Dyer

F**k Plastic: 101 Ways to Free Yourself from Plastic and Save the World

“Is the thought of the 51 trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans keeping you up at night? Don’t panic! The war on plastic has begun and you can help! In this book you’ll find 101 little things you as an individual can do to avoid single-use plastics and help save the world.

Governments, brands and corporations around the globe are on the case to solve the plastic epidemic, but whilst we wait for the effects of those initiatives to trickle through and alternatives to plastic to be found, let’s hit the ground running. In this proactive illustrated book, you’ll find 101 simple ways to cut plastic from:

-FOOD AND DRINK e.g. freeze fresh veg rather than buying frozen, and buy beeswax wrap over clingfilm
– AROUND THE HOUSE e.g. buy bars of soap instead of hand dispensers and swap scourers for natural cloths
– YOUR LIFESTYLE e.g. how to have a plastic-free party and find good plastic-free make-up

Together we can save our oceans – and we will!”

Published: August 2018 / Author: The F Team

How to Live Plastic Free: A Day in the Life of a Plastic Detox

“Thank you for choosing this book – it shows that you care about the future of our planet.

Whether you decide to go plastic free for an hour, a day or a year, this book will equip you with little steps we can each take to make a big difference.

Let’s turn the tide on plastic now – our oceans will thank you for it.

Choking. Starving. Poisoning.

This is what plastic litter is doing to marine life. Our oceans are, quite simply, facing environmental disaster. Yet by taking some simple steps and making a few changes to your daily routine, YOU can help to change this.

How to Live Plastic Free will teach you everything you need to know about reducing your plastic usage on a daily basis. The chapters start with a typical morning routine and take you through your day, giving you tips and practical advice for removing unnecessary plastic at every possible opportunity.

From the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed, you will learn how easy it can be to use plastic-free cosmetics, how to have plastic-free mealtimes, how to change your shopping habits and how to consider your use of plastic items at work.

These simple, practical methods will show that small changes to your lifestyle can make a huge change to the future of our planet.

#StopThePlasticTide”

Published: June 2018 / Authors: Luca Bonaccorsi & Marine Conservation Society

No. More. Plastic.: What You Can Do to Make a Difference – the #2minutesolution

“Start now. All it takes is 2 minutes of your time.

‘I read this book yesterday and I’ve done three things today and that is testament to Martin’s brilliant vision and ideas. Now it’s your turn!’ Chris Packham

‘Once, plastic was the miracle material. Now it’s the monster. We all need to cut down our plastic consumption and join Martin’s #2minutesolution anti-plastic movement. I’m in.’ Julia Bradbury

Open this book with your children, give it to your friends. Share your #2minutesolution on twitter and instagram and inspire others.

Martin Dorey, anti-plastics expert, has been working to save our beaches from plastic for the past 10 years. His Beach Clean Foundation and global call to arms #2minutebeachclean has been taken up by people all over the world, and has proven that collective small actions can add up to a big difference.

Together we can fix this.”

Published: May 2018 / Author: Martin Dorey / Foreward by Chris Packham

Marine Pollution and Related Legislations

“Major sources of marine pollution are particles, hazardous chemicals, industrial, agricultural & residual wastes, warm water effluents, urban runoff and discharges, noise and invasive species. Plastics, oil or other organic wastes, PVC, plasticides, furans, dioxins, phenols, PCB and heavy metals are directly toxic to marine fauna while others block their alimentary canal or injuring the soft body parts such as eyes, gills or delicate eggs and young ones. Oil spills reduces the dissolving oxygen to water, affects plumage of birds and fur of mammals and associated with several malefic effects. Heavy metals could cause bioaccumulation which affects the top level carnivores in the food chain, Nutrient loading causes coastal eutrophication, and ocean acidification affects the shell fishes. Key legislations such as Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (London Protocol), International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 & 1978 relating thereto referred as MARPOL 73/78 and the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation 1990 (OPRC) are reviewed in this book.”

Published: January 2018 / Author: Sivakumaran Sivaramanan

Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy

“After the birth of their son, Jay Sinha and Chantal Plamondon set out on a journey to eliminate plastic baby bottles as the Canadian government moved to ban BPA. When they found it was difficult to procure glass baby bottles, Jay and Chantal made it their mission to not only find glass and metal replacements for plastic, but to make those products accessible to the public as well. Printed on FSC-certified paper and with BPA-free ink, Life Without Plastic 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. While plastic has its uses in technology, the medical and industrial sectors and some products around the home, single-use plastics may release chemicals when they come in contact with food and water. These disposable plastics are commonly used to package food and drinks as well as personal care and cleaning products. Jay and Chantal show readers how to analyze their personal plastic use, find alternatives and create easy replacements in this step-by-step guide. Get your family healthier, spread consciousness and radiate positive plastic-free energy by taking action to help the environment.”

Published: January 2018 / Authors: Chantal Plamondon & Jay Sinha

Oil - A Beginner's Guide 2nd edition (Beginner's Guides)

“Oil is the lifeblood of the modern world. Without it, there would be no planes, no plastic, no exotic produce, and a global political landscape few would recognise. Humanity’s dependence upon oil looks set to continue for decades to come, but what is it?

Fully updated and packed with fascinating facts to fuel dinner party debate, Professor Vaclav Smil’s Oil: A Beginner’s Guide explains all matters related to the ‘black stuff’, from its discovery in the earth right through to the controversy that surrounds it today.”

Published: November 2017 / Author: Vaclav Smil

Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life

“Zero Waste Home is the ultimate guide to simplified, sustainable living from Bea Johnson, ‘the priestess of waste-free living’ (The New York Times).

Bea Johnson transformed her family’s health, finances, and relationships for the better by reducing their waste to an astonishing half litre per year. It’s all down to the 5 Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot (and only in that order!). Zero Waste Home shows how these key principles can be applied to every area of your house from the kitchen to the kids’ room, and it’s packed with easy tips for all of us: from buying in bulk and clever meal planning to simply refusing unwanted freebies and using your plants as air fresheners.

Bea Johnson shows, by inspiring example, what green living looks like and offers a practical, step-by-step guide to diminishing your environmental footprint and improving your life.

‘Bea Johnson is a guru of zero-waste living. The book is precise . . . simple yet deep. It doesn’t preach.’ Sunday Times

‘Johnson is an incredible advocate for her lifestyle . . . refreshingly honest.’ Metro

Chic, charming, stylish’ Red”

Published: January 2016 / Author: Bea Johnson

Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

““Guides readers toward the road less consumptive, offering practical advice and moral support while making a convincing case that individual actions . . . do matter.” —Elizabeth Royte, author, Garbage Land and Bottlemania

Like many people, Beth Terry didn’t think an individual could have much impact on the environment. But while laid up after surgery, she read an article about the staggering amount of plastic polluting the oceans, and decided then and there to kick her plastic habit. In Plastic-Free, she shows you how you can too, providing personal anecdotes, stats about the environmental and health problems related to plastic, and individual solutions and tips on how to limit your plastic footprint.

Presenting both beginner and advanced steps, 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. Fully updated for the paperback edition, Plastic-Free also includes sections on letting go of eco-guilt, strategies for coping with overwhelming problems, and ways to relate to other people who aren’t as far along on the plastic-free path. Both a practical guide and the story of a personal journey from helplessness to empowerment, Plastic-Free is a must-read for those concerned about the ongoing health and happiness of themselves, their children, and the planet.”

Published: May 2015 / Author: Beth Terry / Foreward by Jack Johnson

The Burning Question: We Can't Burn Half the World's Oil, Coal and Gas. So How Do We Quit?

The Burning Question reveals climate change to be the most fascinating scientific, political and social puzzle in history. It shows that carbon emissions are still accelerating upwards, following an exponential curve that goes back centuries. One reason is that saving energy is like squeezing a balloon: reductions in one place lead to increases elsewhere. Another reason is that clean energy sources don’t in themselves slow the rate of fossil fuel extraction.Tackling global warming will mean persuading the world to abandon oil, coal and gas reserves worth many trillions of dollars – at least until we have the means to put carbon back in the ground. The burning question is whether that can be done. What mix of politics, psychology, economics and technology might be required? Are the energy companies massively overvalued, and how will carbon-cuts affect the global economy? Will we wake up to the threat in time? And who can do what to make it all happen?”

Published: April 2013 / Authors: Mike Berners-Lee & Duncan Clark

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