Plastic Purge How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles!

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  • Copyright: 2014-04-08
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Now a Denver Post #1 bestseller. Plastic is everywhere we look. Our computers and children's toys are made out of it, and our water and slices of American cheese are packaged in it. But why is there so much and what is it doing to our bodies? Is it possible to use less plastic and be happier and healthier?

In Plastic Purge, ecologist, SanClements has put together the most up-to-date and scientifically-backed information available to explain how plastics release toxins into your body and the effect they have on your and your children's health. Both approachable and engaging, Plastic Purge provides easy-to-follow advice for how to use less plastic, thereby reaping the benefits such as eating a healthier diet and living with less clutter. Dividing plastics into three separate categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly, SanClements shows you how to embrace the good (items like your phone or medical equipment), avoid the bad (food storage containers and toys that contain toxic chemicals), and use less of the ugly (single-use plastic that's just plain wasteful).

With the help of Michael SanClements's Plastic Purge, you and your family will develop easy habits to live a healthier and happier lives.

Author Biography

MIKE SANCLEMENTS is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and associate director of the Hydrolic Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. As an ecologist, his research has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals and he has presented at more than a dozen international conferences on ecology and the environmental sciences. His journalism and photography have appeared in The New York Times, Backpacker Magazine, and Grist.org.

Table of Contents



Part 1: A Brief History of the Brief History of Plastic

  • Chapter 1: A Story About Nylon
  • Chapter 2: Tupperware—A Classic Plastic Product

Part 2: The Science Behind Plastic

  • Chapter 3: How Plastic is Produced
  • Chapter 4: How Much Fossil Fuel is Consumed in the Production of Plastic?
  • Chapter 5: The Many Types of Plastic
  • Chapter 6: Recycling Plastic
  • Chapter 7: Bioplastics

Part 3: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Plastic

  • Chapter 8: The Good—The Benefits of Plastic
  • Chapter 9: The Bad—Toxins and Plastic
  • Chapter 10: The Ugly—The Environmental Costs of Our Plastic Addition

Part 4: Time to Purge Some Ugly Plastic

  • Chapter 11: Grocery Shopping
  • Chapter 12: Eliminating Plastic in Your Home
  • Chapter 13: Plastic and Personal Hygeine
  • Chapter 14: Plastic and Your Children
  • Chapter 15: Pets
  • Chapter 16: Out and About



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