Your Plastic Footprint

The Facts About Plastic Pollution and What You Can Do to Reduce Your Footprint

By (author) Rachel Salt
Categories: Conservation of the environment, The environment, Earth Sciences, Geography, Environment, Planning
Publisher: Firefly Books
Paperback : 9780228103103, 160 pages, November 2020


Your Plastic Footprint educates readers about the origins and scope of the plastic problem, helps them measure the scale of the problem on an individual level and then offers solutions on how to rethink and reduce plastic use. Bursting with informative infographics and photos, this book illuminates each individual’s impact on this global issue.


An authoritative book, giving great detail about this issue. It explains how to measure an individual's plastic footprint, what the consequences are of the world's love of plastic, and how each of us might go about cutting back on our personal usage or footprint. The book contains many excellent diagrams, charts, and photographs to explain its points.

- Nick Hunt

Explains the origins and scope of the plastic problem. It helps readers measure the scale of the problem on an individual level and then offers solutions on how to rethink and reduce plastic use. Straightforward language, infographics and photos make this book simple enough for younger readers without trivializing the problem.

- Gemma Alexander

This 160-page book is rich in text, but also includes colorful photographs, clear infographics, and interesting graphs... Unlike some other books on this topic, this one offers the reader some very tangible solutions, which are referred to as "swaps and substitutes." This solution-focused text will empower readers to analyze their personal plastic use and make changes to shrink their plastic footprint.

- Kim Zumach

(starred review) This book explores the origins and scope of the plastic problem and offers young readers practical solutions to rethink and reduce plastic use.

- The Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens 2021

A detailed and informative account of the origins, uses, and problems associated with plastic. Described by the author as a 'call to action,' this work shows how users can reduce their reliance on this ubiquitous substance so that carbon emissions and health effects are minimized... The author advocates that everyone calculate their own footprint, and then track the waste they produce, so that first steps to real reduction can begin... An engaging layout with numerous colour illustrations, additional resource links, and a comprehensive index.

- Brenda Boreham

Salt's book leaves an impact by being brutally direct about the impact of our plastic addiction, but also leaves us hopeful that human action can help deflect a future impacted negatively by our use of plastic.

- David Neilsen