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Resources & Reference Guide

Alternatives to buying more plastic containers


- Cleaners – Vodka and water (believe it or not)

- Laundry soap – Products like TruEarth  Laundry leaves, or refill at stores that sell products in bulk


Tip to Reduce Landfills 

Instead of single-use plastic water bottles use  reusable stainless steel bottles


"Under the Sky We Make" by Kimberly Nicholas, PhD (2021)

"Plastic Free" by Beth Terry (2015)

"Living Without Plastic" by Brigitte Allen & Christine Wong (2021)

"The Organically Clean Home" by Becky Rapinchuk


Elders Action Network 3-part plastics webinar April 28, May 12, May 26, 2021 (hosted by Shirley Freriks)

Planet or Plastic? An ART exhibition from the National Geographic along with excellent commentary - 


Upstream Solutions

Offers "8 "R's" to guide us towards  Regeneration: 

* Rethink- your choice

* Refuse -single use

* Reduce- consumption

* Reuse- everything

* Refurbish- old stuff

* Repair-before replacing

* Repurpose-and reinvent

* Recycle-as a last resort 


Too many "R's" ?  Then take the "1 A Month challenge":


Pick one "R" for a month (maybe try "Repair").  Next month, add an "R", and soon, it will become routine to include "The "8 R's" in your daily life.

         Asbestos in Plastic

Asbestos was incorporated into moldable synthetic plastic to make it stronger and resistant to heat. Improper handling of asbestos-containing materials puts the general public at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma cancer, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Go to these sites for guides on how to handle, dispose of and recycle asbestos.

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