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Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (And You) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  424 ratings  ·  56 reviews

Enough plastic is thrown away every year to circle the world 4 times
More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year
300 million tonnes of new plastic is produced every year
An estimated 15-51 trillion pieces of plastic now litter the world's oceans
38.5 million plastic bottles are used every day in the UK
A million plastic bottles are used per minute around the world

Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published July 26th 2018 by Trapeze
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Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, non-fiction
This was a really useful resource. It's UK-based which I don't find to be overly common with books like this, so the tips and anecdotes were relevant and helpful to me. I am finding myself checking the plastic number on much of what I consume now to see if it's actually possible to recycle it, knowledge I would never have had before. I already do little bits to help reduce my waste, such as using a stainless steel water bottle and refusing plastic cutlery, but I could be doing a lot more. I'm de ...more
Ivan Monckton
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A superb book in a naff cover, combining mind blowing facts with ideas for overcoming the addiction we, as individuals and as a society, seem to have for plastic. Recycling is just not the book, have some of you illusions shattered (eg cardboard Take Away coffee cups are coated with plastic), and then play your part in the fight against the needless production and use of a material that will be around for thousands of years.
Bethwyn (Butterfly Elephant Books)
So informative and overall leaves you with a hopeful, determined feeling. My partner and I are already doing quite a lot to 'turn the tide', but I loved that this book gave me even more to look into, and gave me reminders on things I have been meaning to change. An eye-opening read.
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-2019
Fascinating, scary, and instructive.
Becca Housden
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I genuinely feel that this book should be compulsory reading for everyone - it’s a vitally important subject.
The way the book is structured, first giving a history of plastic and a discussion on its environmental impact is thought provoking and eye opening. The second half of the book, which offers advice and guidelines for a reduction of your personal plastic consumption is enlightening and inspiring.
While I was already motivated to cut down on my reliance on plastic before reading this book,
Luke Gracias
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book brings forth some frightening facts on the cancer faced by planet earth called Plastic. Lucy's passion comes through and perhaps what worked most for me were facts and figures quoted in the book.
According to book, by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. Lucy Siegle also suggests that only 15% of what enters the sea is returned back to the shores with the tides and this is very concerning. I recently visited Mumbai during the rains to see the main beaches covered in pl
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is written with good intentions, that is for sure. As a nature-lover, I bought this book because I would like to use less plastic in my life. However, the first part of this book is dedicated to too many statistics and the suggestions seemed a bit... dull. Like saying one should go to a cafe and sit down and enjoy coffee instead of having a coffee on the go. Well, everyone would have preferred to relax at a cafe, if they had had the time and opportunity to do it! People are in a hurry, ...more
Rowena Tylden-Pattenson
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good, easy to read non-fiction. I finished this in like 2 days (and only because I started it late one evening). The lists of resources really are excellent, with lots of easy reading and accessible links, rather than reams and reams of listed academic papers.

Not just all doom-and-gloom, this book is framed for the reader to do something about their plastic usage, rather than just informing and sitting back for the reader to slump in despair. It's also very up-t0-date with current affair
This was a remarkable book that has had an impact on my outlook to this topic. I found this read incredibly eye-opening, with the facts shared and ways to change my daily routine. I really hope more people read it as I think it has the power to change a lot of people’s habits in response to the environment and reducing plastic.
Ben Keene
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucy has been fighting the environmental cause on the BBC and beyond for a long-time. But her time has come with the swell in interest in fighting plastic and her book captures the scale of the problem and how we can tackle it whoever we are. 8/10
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This should be required reading
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, bookclub
Really good insight into the huge problematic world of plastics and a super easy to read non-fiction. This book was not my first one on plastics, so some of the tips and tricks are things I am already doing or aware of. However, it still gave me a lot of resources to read more about the subject and start implementing new ways of reducing my plastic footprint. I especially enjoyed the first part where Lucy talks about the history of plastics and the scale of the problem and the recycling system s ...more
Omar Itani
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great read if you are interested in learning more about the plastic crisis. Lucy does a brilliant job in unwrapping everything about plastic - from its inception and humanity’s growing dependance on it to its use and misuse. She unravels the limitations of our recycling infrastructure, the ineffectiveness of open-loop recycling systems, the economics of recycling vs. crude oil, the faulty tax system, the harmful effects of man-made synthetic fibres and how all those factors have worked togethe ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit of a mixed bag here. Some good information and some fairly decent advice, but its all a bit too preachy for me. And let's be honest. A LOT of people would like to shop 'plastic-free' but when it comes down to it, going plastic-free costs money. We can't all afford Lush, or teapigs or organic food sold from boxes or farm shops. We dont all go to festivals or have milkmen who deliver milk in glass bottles. SodaStreams are expensive and even if they do save you money in the long run, how many ...more
Danielle Clode
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
"Turning the Tide on Plastic is the product of UK presenter Lucy Siegle. I’m not familiar with her television program, but it’s clear that she is covering similar ground to Craig Reucassel’s War on Waste, screening on ABC TV. The resulting book bears the dramatic hallmarks of a television production, her personal journey from child of a synthetic century, to her epiphany and reformation as an anti-plastic campaigner. She outlines the scale of the problem and then offers ‘new rules’ under an expa ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: environment
This was an excellent read. There is a snappy journalist's style combined with a passion for the issue at hand.
I was helped by the practical approach that has the potential to empower at personal, local and global levels.
After my wife has read it we will together look at our own plastics survey and then move on from there. Already, as a result of reading this I find a different sensitivity when shopping.
Isla Adelaide
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
It explained what has happened and what we can do to stop it. SO INSPIRING!!!!!!!!+
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Building on the age-old framework of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, [Lucy is] proposing five more practical strategies that [you] can begin to act on today – conveniently, they also begin with the letter R:
Record collect your own data about your consumption, so that you drive your own success
Replace swap out the ecological hooligans that have colonised your store cupboard, gym bag and commute to work, and swap in the cool high-function, low-impact alternatives
Refuse find your steely inner core to form a robus/>/>/>
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the most important non-fiction books of the decade. Do you want to know the environmental cost of our global economy heavily reliant on plastic? Do you want to help reduce your impact on the environment? Then read this book. Normally I read fiction books to escape.

‘The more clearly one sees the world, the more one is obliged to pretend it does not exist’ ~ James Salter

We are all guilty of this but sometimes you need a wake up call every now and again, and this book will do ju
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite books so far about plastic and its environmental consequences!

I picked this up while I've been trying to implement little habits to reduce my single-use consumption. I diligently place my soft plastics in a bag and take them to my supermarket for them to be 'Red' cycled, I collect my food scraps to donate to a community garden and have recently switched to hankies (and really, why did we stop using these? And keep relying on single-use tissues to buy again and again? Madness
"The plastic we throw away in a single year could circle the earth four times...And - this is the one that usually stops people in their tracks - by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish."

A timely, accessible, well-researched book about the catastrophic impact our love of plastic is having on our planet. The first section focuses on helping the reader understand the extent of the problem and the reasons why plastic does more damage than we might realise. This section includes
Ian Massey
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
It probably seems churlish to not give this book, a book whose sole aim is to help save the planet, a five star review. The problem, for me anyway, was that , while it presented a fair few good ideas, I already knew a lot of what it said (and I'm not even that much of a committed plastic reducer).

Lucy Siegle does give us a book that is written lightly in style - almost conversationally - which makes it an easy and engaging read. It is part science text, part history lesson and, in pl
russell barnes
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, science
To be honest, I thought this was going to be a dry old read when my mum gave it to me. Which is odd as I love author Lucy Siegle's Observer columns, and I'm well across her zippy-but-detailed style.

As it turns out it took me 2 days flat to read this, including checking out her links to various websites and campaigns. It fair flies with the weight of depressing science on just how much we're fucking up the planet given effervescence and accessibility as Siegle deftly weaves in stories of people
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent book covering the history and modern day of plastic, from its invention and it's used to how it is a pest in today's fight for clean oceans and healthy environments, with tips into how to live with less plastic and rather more zero waste.

There are so many interesting and devastating facts, but even more easy (and sometimes not so easy) acts to help anybody understand their plastic use and reduce it, with the cry for making a change.

Everybody should read this boo
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Educate yourself with reading books such as this

It's 2019 I think people has to read books like this, or at least educate themselves with this topic.
Before reading this book, I knew plastic is bad without making hard efforts to reduce my waste. By reading Lucy's book, it triggers me to do something more.
Inside there are a lot of scary facts that we should face it. I tended to deny about how ugly this matter is.
I believe by advocating about this issue is great for our future.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really easy to read non-fiction. I finished this in over a few evenings. The lists of resources really are excellent, with lots of easy reading and accessible links, rather than reams and reams of listed academic papers.

The book is not all doom and gloom and is aimed at helping the reader do something about their plastic usage. It's also up-t0-date with current affairs at the time of writing it commenting on a huge range of news, information and changes happening across the world. ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
It’s easy to call a book a really important read but this is even better as it is really engaging. Lucy clearly sets out both the scale of the problem and what we as individuals can do about it.

What I liked most is how she helps reframe the debate. I particularly liked the throwaway comments about weight loss - this has actually been really successful for me. I’ve stopped buying quite a few things on the basis that they have too much plastic wrapping, but most of the stuff I’m not bu
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
its good, but too dense with information. I just want ideas on how to quit plastic, not the chemical composition of all the different types of plastic. It is full of information, and its really good information, just not the kind of information a lay-person really needs to know. I do think there is a market for this book, perhaps the die hard greenies, but for the everyday person, I recommend Quitting Plastic.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book for now, for everyone who sees plastic garbage on beaches and sidewalks and other places. Lucy Siegle gives information on the current state of affairs in recycling and policymaking alongside a strategic plan to ban plastics from your own life. An easy read, a difficult task - but any behavioural change is to be met with personal frustration. ;) Please read! 5 stars for our beautiful planet
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Siegle is truly a plastic nerd, as she likes to call herself! This book contains such a wealth of information on plastic and goes into a lot of background information, but also gives good, tangible tips on what everyone can do in their lives to reduce plastic consumption. Definitely recommend reading this to anyone and everyone!
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Lucy Siegle is a British journalist and writer on environmental issues. She is a reporter on The One Show. Siegle offers a unique and beguiling perspective on environmental issues and ethical consumerism.
“The plastic we throw away in a single year could circle the earth four times. Out of the 320 million metric tonnes of new plastic mass-produced each year 1 – almost all from oil – eight million tonnes leak into the world’s oceans and waterways. That is the equivalent of a truckload of plastic being upturned and shaken out straight into the sea every minute of every day. Every minute of every day, one million plastic bottles are used.2 Imagine each of those bottles, a quarter filled with oil; the amount of oil needed to make the bottle in the first place.” 0 likes
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