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Make Mine Metal: "How to Give Up Plastic"


The viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose may have convinced quite a few people to stop using so much plastic.  It can be difficult, since so many consumer items are either made of plastic or packaged in it, often both. 

But scientists fear that plastic may outweigh fish in the oceans by the middle of the century.  Will McCallum, the Head of Oceans for Greenpeace UK, doesn't want to see that happen.  So he wrote a book called How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time

It truly is a step-by-step, room-by-room guide for going through your house and figuring out how to replace plastic with other substances.  The author joins us with a bunch of ideas. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.