Green Parenting: A Bit of Eco Inspiration

I have the good fortune of being a part of a women’s eco-warrier group that includes 127 of the nation’s most inspiring, dedicated and active eco-conscious women. Our main goal of the group is to “believe in the movement and want to add to the conversation about green living and green activism.” I love this group not only for its inspiration but for the brilliant women that are a part of it who are working daily to make the world a greener place.

One of the eco-warriors that inspires and leads by example is Beth Terry. Beth runs a blog and has written a book both called My Plastic-Free Life. At first, it just seems impossible for anyone to be able to have a plastic-free life. Within arm’s reach of where I sit, there are at least 10 different items that have plastic in them and I have used all of them within the past hour. (Including this computer I am typing on!)

With all of the hullabaloo over BPA and plastics in our food storage and containers, I have begun to perk up when it comes to plastics. I have all but eliminated all plastic in my kitchen and try to always use my cloth, reusable bags when I grocery shop. Beyond that, I haven’t actually been able to lessen my plastic habit.

So I decided to check out what Beth had to say about her journey and why she chose to
eliminate plastic and just how she did it. She has been able to sustain it over the past SIX years.

Here is a fantastic video from a 10-minute TEDX talk she gave two years ago.
It is inspiring and gives me some great encouragement to try and eliminate more plastic from my life.

“Letting people see another way to be…we have the power to change the menu…and the world.” Beth Terry

What are some ways you eliminate plastic from your life?

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