Life Without Plastic: The Book
Life Without Plastic is not just the place to find the best non-plastic products, it's also a bestselling book that can change your life.
Written by the founders of Life Without Plastic, Chantal Plamondon and Jay Sinha, our book is a handy and accessible distillation of a decade and a half of learning and educating about the issue and finding more and better ways to live without plastic. It will give you a solid understanding of the health and environmental issues surrounding plastics, along with lots of ways to avoid the stuff. This book is a deeply researched and tested mix of science, practical action and activism -- tons of tips and tools for minimizing plastic across all aspects of life.
This fun guide and engaging story meets you and feeds you wherever you are: brand new to the issue or a seasoned plastic-free living expert. It is a powerful gift that keeps on giving - many have told us it has changed their lives.
Available here in the original English (Page Street Publications): Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy
Available here in an updated French version (Écosociété): Vivre sans plastique: Des outils écologiques à notre portée
Available here in Italian (Edizioni Sonda): Vivere felici senza plastica: La guida definitiva: Non ci sono più scuse
Available here in Japanese (NHK Nippon): A Small Revolution in Plastic-Free Life
It's also available in Czech and Slovak, with Korean and Mandarin on the way. If you know of other foreign language publishers who may be interested in publishing this bestselling practical guide to living without plastic, please let us know by sending an e-mail to [email protected] As well, if you have a store or know of a store that would like to carry the book, let us know and we can put you in touch with our distributors, Macmillan in the US and internationally, and The Canadian Manda Group in Canada.
Chantal and Jay are always available for speaking engagements, book readings and signings, book festivals. If you have a suggestion, feel free to contact us at any time by e-mail ( [email protected] ) or telephone (1-888-898-0369 or 1-819-957-0712).
Here is what some others who inspire us have been saying about Life Without Plastic:
“Eliminating plastics is a core step of waste-free living. This guide will not only make the planet and your family healthier, it will improve your standard of living so greatly that all you’ll regret is not having started earlier!”
– Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home
“Chantal and Jay are researchers like myself, but rather than doing research on the vagrant plastic trash in the ocean, they research alternatives to plastic so that I won’t find it at sea. Life Without Plastic is must read for the plastic conscious consumer.”
– Captain Charles Moore, founder and research director, Algalita Marine Research and Education
“Radiating a plastic free lifestyle and sharing this with family and friends can be a wacky fun worthwhile challenge. We must break free from plastic and fossil fuels, because plastic pollutes us, animals, the ocean, waterways and the planet. Onward towards a plastic free planet!”
– Dianna Cohen, CEO/co-founder, Plastic Pollution Coalition
"I thought I knew a lot about cutting down on single use plastic, but Jay and Chantal's book, Life Without Plastic, has given me hope for what is possible in eliminating this toxic threat from our lives. After reading it, I'm upping the ante with cotton sandwich bags, a steel dip container, and a tiffin! Who knew I needed a tiffin! I'm much closer to my goal of a plastic free life, owing to this wonderful book."
- Ed Begley, Jr., actor and sustainable living expert
"As the Co-Founders of The 5 Gyres Institute, we have had a chance to witness the impacts of plastic pollution globally, covering a quarter of our planets surface in a plastic smog that threatens marine wildlife, and ultimately our own health. What we now need are actionable solutions that everyday people can take to reduce their plastic footprint. Jay and Chantal's wonderful book provides a clear roadmap for protecting our families, our oceans, and our personal health from the dangers of single use plastic. Were thrilled to see Life Without Plastic out in the world!"
- Anna Cummins & Marcus Eriksen, co-founders, The 5 Gyres Institute
"Chantal and Jay have given us a startling reality check. They give us a compelling map for our personal responsibility. Read Life Without Plastic. Get informed. Take action!"
- Joel Solomon, investor, convenor and author of The Clean Money Revolution
"Jay and Chantal are people who paddle out to turn the tide regardless of the waves ahead. They are the impetus for positive change, inspiring our small coastal village Bahia Ballena - Uvita, Costa Rica, a high-profile coastal tourism destination that hosts up to 170,000 visitors annually, to enact a destination-wide plastic-free initiative. Their book Life Without Plastic is the how-to-guide that will allow you to ride the plastic free wave of change we all sorely need."
- Travis Bays, founder, Bodhi Surf + Yoga, 1st B Corp Certified surf and yoga camp in the world
"Forget the title! You don't have to be seeking a life without plastic to get a lot out of this book. It's a fantastic resource for anyone concerned about the overwhelming place plastic holds in modern life."--
- Susan Freinkel, author, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
"For seven years I've been on a journey to live close to zero waste and to reduce the amount of plastic in my life, especially single use, disposable plastic. It is a challenge to keep up these practices indefinitely, especially in a society so immersed in plastic and the throw-away lifestyle. Over the last few years plastic has managed to sneak back into my life in ways that I had already rid myself of it. This book, Life Without Plastic, has re-invigorated my desire to live a life without plastic. Plus, it has given me a deeper understanding of exactly what plastic is, the many types of plastic, the human harm it can cause and the impact it has on our world. After finishing just the first chapter I was already going through all of my stuff and sifting out the plastic that had creeped back into my life and wasn't serving me well!
The book is written in a manner that can be read by someone fully immersed in the plastic life that wants to make their first change, or by someone like myself who is well on their way to a life without plastic, or anywhere in between. It is non-preaching, non-judgmental, meets us all where we are, and guides us into a happier, healthier and more sustainable life without plastic."
- Rob Greenfield, adventurer, activist, humanitarian and author of Dude Making a Difference
"Life Without Plastic is a pertinent and useful guide to living mindfully in the Anthropocene - a human dominated planet. The Anthropocene is characterized as a new geological epoch where human influence has begun to fundamentally alter many aspects of the Earth’s systems. Human influence on the planet and its functioning is widespread and spreading, such that no biome of the Earth’s surface is free from interactions with humanity. Plastic debris is a pervasive anthropogenic contaminant, identified in marine ecosystems across the globe, and recognized as a serious global environmental concern.
When undertaking my first ever Plastic Tides Stand Up Paddleboard expedition around Bermuda, I was disheartened to see a juxtaposition of amazing marine life and disgusting waste. While enjoying the fresh sea breeze and gazing at turquoise water I was shocked to encounter fish, turtles and seabirds nibbling on plastic as if it was seaweed.
While Christian, Gordon and I were already mindful of waste, energy use and the importance of sustainably sourced food, this 2014 expedition prompted us to seriously limit our single-use plastic consumption. Our friends at Life Without Plastic offer a wide array of solutions, from sporks to metal lunchboxes to zero-waste coffee brewers. Chantal and Jay’s amazing catalogue of useful objects have enabled us to kick-start our own plastic-free lifestyles. The couple’s new book - Life Without Plastic - provides a helpful guide to encourage those around us to reduce waste and plastic consumption. Indeed, becoming a plastic-free hero capable of fitting an entire year’s worth of rubbish into a jar certainly doesn’t happen overnight! This book provides thoughtful information to help families plan ahead and change one step at a time - from lunch packing gear to sports equipment."
- Céline Jennison, co-founder, Plastic Tides, and founder and chief alchemist, Anato