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Peter Zierlein


“Don’t Eat the Plastic”


Northampton, MA


A German native who studied at Pratt Institute with the author of “Don’t Eat the Plastic”, Dara Herman Zierlein. Peter’s clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation and international publications like Berliner Zeitung and many others. Peter and Dara live with their teenage son in Northampton, MA, and their family has one major bug boo: they are trying to live without buying plastic.

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About "Don't Eat the Plastic"

Little Alligator is waking up from a peaceful slumber and goes through his morning routine of brushing his teeth, combing his hair, showering and stretching his body before he is off to get his big breakfast to start off his day. As he begins his journey, he encounters a trashed environment with all kinds of plastic pollution! The little alligator almost chokes on a plastic drinking bottle, a single-use plastic bag lands on his head as he is swimming deep in the water, a large worn-out car tire gets stuck on his waist! He escapes the water and sees a yellow bird with its beak held tightly closed by a plastic juice bottle cap, a duck with soda can rings squeezed around its neck, and a turtle with a plastic grocery bag stuck in his mouth! He helps these animals to get free and in return they become a group that shares an experience that bonds them forever as friends. Together they make sure the environment is clean and that no other animals will ever suffer from plastic pollution again!