All it took was an article she read for Beth Terry, author of Plastic Free and creator of myplasticfreelife.com, to change her plastic-buying ways. Now, six years in, Terry has managed to reduce her plastic waste to a level that every American should aspire to. “I just decided to see what it would be like to live without acquiring any new plastic,” Terry recalls. “I didn’t know if I could. In the beginning, I had piles and piles of plastic. Now, my plastic waste fits in one regular-sized grocery bag.”

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