Happy Earth Day! I love that Earth Day spotlights how small changes, that we can all make, can help the environment for future generations. I love nature and if you follow me on snapchat or instagram, you will see how often I share my beautiful walking routes. Time spent outdoors, noticing and appreciating my surroundings just grounds me and makes me happy. So doing my little bit in fighting for a clean environment is important to me.
One billion people across the globe will get involved today. And I have some suggestions with a bookish twist on just how you can do your bit too.
Eight Bookish Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2016:
Go to your bookshelves and grab some books that you will never read again. Recycle them by giving them to someone who might love them or bring them to a charity shop or donate to your local library. Don’t let those trees have died in vain and give someone else the pleasure of enjoying the books.
Try some bookish recycling crafts. You can use old books that you buy cheaply from a secondhand bookshop and the bonus is that the more stained and aged the pages are, the better it all works. If you are looking for some projects, why not try making a Bookish Lamp or a Book Clutch. Or try some homemade bookmarks using book pages (I didn’t make these, I bought them but I’d love to recreate my own someday). And I know some people hate destroying books but if you use a book that is already neglected and unloved, then I love the idea of giving those pages another chance to shine.
Just sit with a physical book and read. Even better sit outside. And most importantly turn off all devices so you have a proper downtime and you are using no energy, it’s just you and your book. It doesn’t get greener or more peaceful than that.
Read a dystopia novel! That will scare you into to releasing how important it is to be conservative with your resources. After all most of these societies have their roots in an environmental disaster.
Don’t be a snob about ebooks! So many people are but ebooks are greener than physical books, even when you take into account the resources used to manufacture and utilise the device. I’m not saying read only ebooks but mixing it up works for me.
Join your local library if you are not already a member. That way you have access to thousands of books (physical books, ebooks and audiobooks). Both new books and old books, popular books and unknown books, no matter what your taste your library has you covered. Being a mindful consumer of everything (even books!) helps the environment and your pocket too!
Plant a tree. It’s a little way of giving back for all those pages they have given you pleasure over the years. Plus it is nice to think that someday in the future, someone might sit down under that tree with a book and appreciate the shade that the tree casts over their pages.
Take your book outdoors for a photoshoot! Nature makes the such an impressive background and seeing it though the lens makes you really notice all those intricate details.
Talk to Trish: Do you celebrate Earth Day? Have you any other bookish ideas that we could implement to help save resources?