The New Dream Blog

In our blog, we feature stories, tips, and commentary from contributors around the world on topics ranging from
consumerism and parenting to how to live a fuller life with less. Enjoy!

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Lessons Learned from a Low-Waste Party

by Shara Drew   |   September 12, 2018

When New Dream's Shara Drew moved her family to Maine, she took on the challenge of hosting a low-waste party for friends and family. Here are some lessons learned.

Consumption, Gentrification, and You

by Josmar Torres   |   September 12, 2018

New Dream Youth Fellow Josmar Torres explains why gentrification is a perfect example of how consumption and capitalism can combine to undermine communities. 

SoKind Registry Supporting Flood Relief Efforts

by Lauren Bradley   |   September 5, 2018

New Dreamer Lauren Bradley shares her experience using our alternative gift registry platform, SoKind, as a tool to help with flood relief in her Pittsburgh community.

Reduce Waste at Home and in Your Community

September 5, 2018

Take New Dream’s Community in Action “Reduce Waste” challenge to reduce the amount of waste you generate and to make your home or community a greener place to be. 

New Dream Evolves: Young Leaders Question Consumption

by Amy Hartzler   |   August 15, 2018

In July, New Dream gathered 10 Youth Fellows in Boston for focused sessions on the complex landscape of consumption and possibilities for future efforts.

New Dream Honored with Social Marketing Award

July 19, 2018

In June 2018, New Dream won an award from the social marketing community for research on holiday waste reduction conducted by New Dream's Behavior and Social Change Fellow Kelley Dennings.

What If You Cut Your Consumption Rates by Half?

by Inbar Hyams,   |   July 18, 2018

What if instead of breaking our heads trying to determine the optimal choices, we go for something radically simple and just cut our consumption rates by half? Here's how.

Have More, Waste Less, and Build Community with a Library of Things

by Gene Homicki   |   July 18, 2018

Through a growing "libraries" movement, people can gain access to power tools, musical instruments, and just about any other product.

Community Building Through Peacemaking Circles — and Dinner

by Jessica Laus   |   June 26, 2018

Community dinners bring people together as equals in order to have honest, and at times difficult, exchanges in an atmosphere of concern and respect for all.

Christmas* in June: A Gentle Nudge to Help You Start Planning Your Alternative Gift Fair Now

by Shara Drew   |   June 13, 2018

Take advantage of your time and energy during the summer months to set the stage for a more meaningful holiday season for your community.

New Dream Evolves: The Future Beyond Overconsumption

by New Dream   |   June 13, 2018

New Dream is ramping up our collaboration with young people to engage them more directly in our efforts to tackle excess consumerism, build community, and improve overall well-being.

Bring "Play" Back Into Your Life

by New Dream   |   June 13, 2018

As we grow older, we tend to abandon our desire for unstructured outdoor play, but it's still important as we enter our adult years. 

Leaving My Dream Job to Find Space to Grow

by Edna Rienzi   |   June 11, 2018

Edna Rienzi explains her decision to leave New Dream to pursue personal growth and to further her efforts to give back to her community.

10 Ways Changing Your Consumer Habits Can Change the World for Animals

by Stephanie Feldstein   |   June 6, 2018

How you spend your time and money affects the lives of those around you—including other animals.

How Two Women Followed Their Passions and Became "Green Bag Ladies"

by Pamela Lamp   |   June 6, 2018

Since the founding of this nonprofit group in 2008, volunteer “bagettes” have cut, sewn, and given away more than 46,000 reusable cloth shopping bags.