No. More. Plastic.: What you can do to make a difference - the #2minutesolution
ISBN: 1785039873 Global Overview for this book
12 journalers for this copy...
The author is a writer, surfer and beach lover who cofounded the Beach Clean Network in 2009 and started the #2minutebeachclean hashtag in 2013 after North Atlantic storms left UK beaches littered with plastic rubbish. It’s a simple, effective idea - pick up beach litter for 2 minutes bag it, tag it, bin it - and the hashtag has been used many thousands of times around the world. This book continues the clean up beyond our beaches with a #2minutesolution for everyone.
Bookring is here https://www.bookcrossing.com/forum/20/554854
bookfrogster (UK prefers EU postage) - read
daisy_may (UK prefers EU postage) - read
Fifna (Netherlands prefers EU postage) - read
Delphi_Reader (Greece will send anywhere) - read
Femke85 (Sweden will send anywhere) - read
JosefinJ (Sweden will send anywhere) - read
Arvores (Portugal will send anywhere) - read and travelling
Azuki (USA will send anywhere) - read
Back to Poodlesister
Bookgirrl - read
earthcaroleanne - read and travelling
I HAVE A WORD DOC WITH THE 30 THINGS YOU CAN DO CHECKLIST which is at the back of the book. PM Poodlesister with your email address to get a copy.
I’m going to note down some of the hints, tips and websites before I start the book’s journey round the world as it will be a bookring.
This is written for a UK audience but I hope it will still be useful to those readers outside the U.K.
I've started picking up litter to recycle mainly plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans. I am going to work out what else I can do from the list.
ETA I’ve bought a shampoo bar to try, I’m buying chocolate wrapped in foil and paper, I’m going to dig out my old fountain pen to use.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
This is a small book and a quick read. I absolutely love books like this with quick and simple ideas. I'm a great believer that although we can't all do everything we can all do at least one thing, and it does make a difference. I read it on Monday night and then spent a day mulling over what my pledges could be. Like Poodlesister there are already a number of things on the list I already do, but it was good to be prompted to think about what else I could do. My new actions are
- to stop using disposable plastic biros and stick to my refillable ballpoints where I need an ink pen, but to use an old school pencil where I don't need to use ink.
- to no longer buy plastic wrapped packs of disposable tissues but instead to carry a wee stash of tissues from a larger cardboard box . Incidentally both Tescos own brand and the Co-op own brand tissues no longer have plastic under the tear out bit in their boxes of tissues. I'll also no longer buy the twin packs which are held together by plastic.
- to only buy chocolate wrapped in paper and foil.
The last one is probably going to be the most difficult but these are three things that I should be able to stick to.
Thanks very much for sharing this book with me. I've PMed daisy_may for an address so it should be travelling again soon.
There is always more to be done and I hope this book will give people ideas for small changes they can implement which do make a difference.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Thanks for sharing.
Something I can't ommit to mention is that while I love the mission of reducing plastic, there are always other environmental concerns to take into consideration. Replacing the plastic wrap of a sandwich using aluminium foil wrap or paper wrap instead, seems a better option, but for example how easy is aluminium's recycle and how many trees might have had to be cut to produce the paper wraps and what the carbon footprint of those items is and so on... Never an easy equation!
Last but not least, while I find this book well-intended, it was too UK-centric with UK-relevant stats, organisations and people's habits mentioned that might or might not suit readers coming from elsewhere. And I find this book too social-media centric too at parts. I understand the need to spread the message and that some people might feel more attached to a project while using related apps, but not everyone operates that way. Really, I often pick up stray rubbish for more than two minutes and I don't upload a picture tagging it on whatever hashtag or scanning it on whatever app and I feel I still do good.
As a conclusion, this book has an important message to share and while I didn't find it as original or earth-shakening as others, I found it very decent.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
I’ll be keeping the stamps for the stamps sweeps https://www.bookcrossing.com/forum/10/557048
Will send to the next person on the bookray soon. Most things in the book I already do (I keep a water bottle with me, use washable wipes & diapers for the kids, try to buy products with less packaging if possible...). One thing I never thought about is pens. So I think i will buy a nice fountain pen and will try not to lose it or get it stolen at work.
Thanks for sharing this Poodlesister.
I always try to post my controlled releases with real stamps. If you are not a collector yourself, you might want to check out this post on the forum about a stamps sweeps that I’m currently organising or this one about Bookcrossers who collect stamps. A lot of Bookcrossers collect stamps for charity, so it’s nice to find them a good home!
Oh, and there were beautiful stamps on the envelope, too.
Thank you so much for sharing. I'll read it after Christmas season.
I already do a lot to reduce my "stain" of plastic in this Planet. But there's still a lot more to improve.
It's a difficult situation, because the reality on this small island is so different. For example, there's only ONE supermarket in the whole island, and no alternative. And only one herbalist, one pharmacy, one everything, where almost all the packages are plastic. There are no street markets (you can only see a few stands in summer, where local "farmers" sell a few vegetables - no more than 6 or 7 are produced here).
But this can also be an advantage. Because the place is so small, you can spread the word and ideas more quickly. I just wish people were more eager to learn and change.
Plus, all the water we get from the tap over here comes from the ocean. So, there are lots of microplastics already in our body, for sure. Maybe people will like to change after they realize it. In addition to that, this small island is a candidate to be the first "Fossil Free" island in the world. But, we won't get there with so much plastic, will we? Maybe all these circumstances will be an eye opener for the local people and Government. I wish they will.
I'll do my best to spread the word and the example. And I even consider to suggest the translation of the book to Portuguese publishers. I think it should be read in schools.
Thank you so much for the opportunity. The book will be sent to azuki ASAP.
ETA - the book was sent to azuki last Friday (the 1st of February).
I look forward to reading this book. I'm afraid our society has a "can't live with it, can't live without it" relationship with plastic. I hate seeing all the plastic disposables, but in some cases it's definitely more hygienic. But we definitely can be more conscious about whether we need all that, and get into the habit of bringing our own utensils and cups around.
ETA: April 25 - When I met Poodlesister by chance at the Frankfurt train station, I was rather eager to offload a book... as I was toting the a large and a small luggages of books that clocked in right at the airline's weight limit...
Now I am about to make a journal recording my thoughts after reading the book, I found out that there are 2 journalers after me already... So I just have to add this to my original entry.
What an interesting little book! Never heard of the 2 min clean up but that's a brilliant idea. Maybe we BookCrossers can agree on a time and we all do a 2 min cleanup wherever we are? Like the BC readathon? Also love how restaurants can offer free water refill for people. I hope this idea can get more popular! I simply hate water bottles!
Before reading the book, I thought I know a lot about recycling. I go to length to avoid bottled water, disposable cutlery and plastic bags. I use shampoo bars from Lush. But this book makes me realize there are a lot more we can do.
For example, I never thought much about synthetic clothing materials. I prefer cotton, but most clothes, especially sportswear, nowadays are made with synthetic materials that keep you dry, keep you warm, more flexible, more stretchable... And indeed where do they go after we are done with them?
Just a few more things to add to what the author said:
Pencil!! - I think only bankers and CEOs still use fountain pen! But for the common folks, good old pencil works well in a lot of usage in office or school, and they can be made with recycled newspaper and other material instead of virgin trees.
Make your own!! - I'm started making yogurt at home about a year ago and it's really easy. You skip all the plastic, not to mention the sugar, guar gum and other additives. Kombucha? Soap? Jam? Herbs? Have fun, and save on packaging and shipping.
Think I might buy my own copy so I can write in it and maybe a copy for the office. They are quite good a recycling and I have introduced crisp packet recycling since starting there but they need to get better.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
1) Buying loo roll, kitchen roll and tissues from Who Gives A Crap
2)Use a keepcup
3)Use alternative feminine hygiene products
to name a few.
I think this is also great for people who are just beginning to realise the impact of plastics also without being too over bearing.
A really great book.