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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Whatever Happened to Waste Reduction, or Preventing Waste in the First Place?

by Kelley Dennings   |   January 10, 2019

Advisory Council member Kelley Dennings considers why the recycling community may be abandoning the once-worthy goal of waste reduction, and offers thoughts for refocusing these efforts.

Activism in a Place Where Eco Isn’t the Norm

by Christine Kane   |   October 18, 2018

Retiree and New Dreamer Chris Kane shares some of her strategies for being an eco-activist in her adopted home state of Florida.

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.

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. 

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.

10 Great Books to Teach Your Kids About Consumerism

by New Dream   |   February 6, 2018

Shara Drew, the director of New Dream's Kids & Commercialism campaign, reviews two recent children’s books that deal with the topic of consumerism in a way that's impactful and fun, and also suggests eight more oldies but goodies.

NEW! Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them

by New Dream   |   December 13, 2017

Hypercapitalism is a sharp, digestible, and funny cartoon guide to how global, privatizing, market-worshipping hypercapitalism threatens well-being, social justice, and the planet.

This October, Turn Your Intention Into Action

by New Dream   |   September 20, 2017

Through NWEI's EcoChallenge, join thousands of others in proving that small actions add up to real change.

A Craigslist for Saving the Planet? Check.

by Steve Seeger   |   July 17, 2017

Steve's Weave is a place for greensters to get together to publicize events, projects, services, jobs, and more.

How Electricity Cooperatives in the U.S. Are Paving the Way for a Renewable Future

by Kevin Stark   |   July 17, 2017

Emerging co-op programs are keeping costs down and stimulating the economy while reducing energy use and benefiting the environment.

You Don’t Have to Bake Your Own Matzo: Tips for an Environmentally Friendly Passover

by Evonne Marzouk   |   March 17, 2017

If you’ve been wondering how to do Passover in a more environmentally friendly way, here are six ideas that might help.

Making the Shift to Zero Waste Living

by Julie Fathy   |   February 23, 2017

A zero waste lifestyle might seem hard to implement and complicated to follow. But by taking small steps, you can make it a reality.

Do You Love What You Wear? 10 Tips for Boosting Your Style While Avoiding the Traps of Fast Fashion

by Rebecca Ballard   |   June 9, 2016

Here are 10 tips for boosting your style while avoiding the traps of fast fashion.

How a Group of Kids Bagged the Disposable Bag in Boulder, Colorado

by Kate Bailey and Kate Nelson   |   March 17, 2016

What decades of education and outreach couldn’t accomplish, a group of high school students could.

Living the Dream: Bea Johnson, Zero Waste Guru

by Edna Rienzi   |   February 22, 2016

Bea inspires a growing community to live simply and take a stance against needless waste.