At Shelby Farm’s Down to Earth Festival, a book entitled New Day Revolution: How to Save the World in 24 Hours was tucked into my recyclable tote. Being the avid bookworm that I am, I delved right in. The authors walk through small, seemingly insignificant changes you can make in your daily life that can add up to have a big impact on our world. It certainly isn’t comprehensive, but it does help one to refocus and become more conscientious. We humans have made such an awful mess out of God’s beautiful creation, and this book gives a little guidance on how to be a part of the solution. They cover all of the behaviors you would expect – recycle, conserve water, donate your oldies but goodies to charity – plus some more innovative suggestions that are worth incorporating into your routine. I have listed a handful below, just to get your mind moving in the right direction.
1) Drive and Learn. Instead of listening to music while driving, why not spend your time in the car learning? Over the past couple years, I have found it quite enriching to spend my daily commute listening to various talk radio programs. I’ve always enjoyed learning about a wide gamut of topics, and squeezing in these extra hours of educational exposure makes me more informed and aware of current events and other crucial topics such as how tidal waves are formed, whether businesses purposely design products to become obsolete, and John Lennon’s climb to superstar status. You know, the important things in life. This isn’t to say that I don’t sing along to tunes occasionally, because that is absolutely false; I just divide my time between the two.
2) Trick Your Plate. When it’s time to renew your license plate, get one supporting a cause you care about. Switching to a specialty license plate is such a simple gesture, and the cost is minimal. It’s an easy way to channel money toward a good cause while making a statement about what’s important to you. For those of you residing in Tennessee, you can browse the specialty plate options here.
3) Reuse Your Bag. Paper or plastic? Ditch them both, and take your long-lasting canvas bags with you every time you go to the store. I keep several in my car and use them every time I’m forced to shop. You can find cute canvas totes at practically any retail store, usually for only a buck or so. They are stylish, durable, can carry much more than a flimsy plastic bag, and help keep waste out of landfills. Sounds like a no brainer to me.