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About the book

Bernie’s Escape from Ong Island is an exciting adventure starring Bernie, a beloved puggle (half-pug, half-beagle, 100% awesome) from Austin, Texas. Bernie and his human, Sammy, are taken on a journey to an exotic trash wasteland where their lives are turned upside down. Will Bernie, Sammy, and their new friends find a way home? Will they ever be free of the island and its polluted pitfalls?

 

Join Bernie and Sammy on this wild ocean adventure as they discover the truth about the dangers of pollution and how it impacts the world’s wildlife. A portion of all profits from Bernie’s Escape from Ong Island will be donated to organizations devoted to the cleanup of the ocean, reusing plastics found in our environment, and promoting a circular economy.

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About the Author

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Jessica Harris (formerly Vogel) has over ten years of experience in energy efficiency with a background in mechanical engineering, project management, construction administration, and extensive experience with utility energy incentive programs. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and is now the proud owner and President of Harris Energy Solutions, a Women Business Owned Entity headquartered in Austin, Texas.

 

Jessica is also the proud mother of two children. She relocated to the Austin area with her husband from New Jersey. When she’s not working or writing, Jessica enjoys working out, spending time with her family, and hiking.

 

Jessica has a passion for protecting the environment and is currently working on a children’s book series to educate and encourage action addressing the dangers of plastics in the ocean, deforestation, and pesticide pollution. Bernie’s Escape from Ong Island is her first children’s book.

Help Bernie save the environment

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Try to purchase goods you really need—everything from clothes to toys.
For example, on average, a piece of clothing will only be worn seven times before it is thrown away. Let’s break the fast fashion cycle by only buying what we need and loving what we have! Bernie treasures his treats, chew toys, and stylish dog shirts even more now.

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When something breaks, try to fix it instead of running out for another expensive alternative.
You can also shop secondhand and even sell some of the things you don’t need anymore to others. Bernie gave his extra tennis ball to a neighbor dog in exchange for a bone the dog was tired of playing with.

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Spend time researching what your local area offers regarding recycling programs. See how you can help further the cause! If there isn’t a recycling program nearby, start your own! Bernie and Sammy convinced their whole street to start separating recycled products out of their trash after describing their escape from Ong island.

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Make lifestyle changes to benefit Bernie’s less-is-more plan! Act by becoming involved in your local government, agencies, and other organizations that stand behind environmentally conscious efforts. Sammy’s mother and father have been telling their work friends to make an impact with their wallets. If everyone stopped buying single use plastics, then large corporations would be forced to make more energy conscious alternatives.

Environmentally Friendly Corner

Reusable beeswax wraps can really help you lower your plastic use in the kitchen. Instead of using single-use plastic items like Ziploc bags and cling-wrap, you can make your own reusable, washable beeswax wraps to pack up your or your kids’ lunches and snacks!  ......

Once your shoes are to the point where they cannot be worn anymore, most just get thrown out. However, some brands like Teva want to change that. Teva partnered with TerraCycle to create their TevaForever Recycling Program. Once you are ready to say goodbye to......

One of the most effective ways to make a change in your plastic use is to first reflect on your habits. To do this, you should think back on how much you use plastic, when you tend to reach for plastic products, and how you......

Here’s a little exercise for you. Can you list 5 things that you do every day? What about things that you do 2 times or more a day? Was one of those things brushing your teeth? Most toothpaste tubes are non-recyclable, which means that something......

A common experience for almost every childhood is growing up coloring with colored pencils. Whether it was at home, or in school, colored pencils and even just regular pencils were part of an everyday routine for most of us. Now if you reflect back to......

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