The eighth guest blogger in my have fun, do good series is Beth Terry. Beth has been living plastic-free since 2007 and blogs about her adventures at FakePlasticFish.com. She is also an advisor to the Plastic Pollution Coalition and a contributing editor for BlogHer.com. You can follow Beth on Twitter at @fakeplasticfish, on the Fake Plastic Fish Facebook page, and on her personal Facebook page.
You can see her speak (via streaming video) this Saturday, November 6th at TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch in Los Angeles. Click here to find a watch party near you.
Beth Terry, Fake Plastic Fish: How I Have Fun, Do Good
When I tell people about my project to live without buying any new plastic, they invariably want to know if it’s hard. The answer? It all depends on my attitude. Yes, trying to protect the planet from plastic pollution and inspire others to cut their plastic consumption can be hard. But it’s also fun.
I have a couple of friends, artists Richard Lange and Judith Selby Lange, who scour the beach regularly for plastic trash to include in their art projects. Their pieces are fantastic and beautiful, even as they depict the terrible problem of plastic pollution. But Richard and Judith make their beach excursions into a game, competing to see who can find the most interesting treasures. And that’s how I feel about my work. It may be hard sometimes, and the information I learn may be sad, maddening, or depressing, but it’s up to me to choose what attitude I bring to my work and to find the fun in it.
Photo: My friend Eli and I at the 2009 Bay to Breakers. We won the costume contest. Now that was fun!
Want to get involved? Beth invites you to join the Show Your Plastic Trash Challenge.
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