The prize drawing for this challenge is no longer open, but tackle it anyway to live for more.
This April is a big month here at Travel Well. All of April is Earth Month, Earth Day is April 22, and it’s our first full month with the magazine completely based in our new tiny house! It’s only fitting that our focus for this 30-day challenge is to live with less. Particularly here in the US, modern societies over-consume far more than we need, leading to a mammoth global waste problem and the crushing weight of too much stuff on our shoulders. We have junk drawers for just that–junk–clothes we haven’t worn in years, trash cans that need to be emptied every night, and chronically over-packed suitcases that eat into our travel budgets and happiness.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with Eartheasy, an online retailer of sustainable living and travel products, and The Story of Stuff Project, a community of more than a million changemakers working for a more healthy and just planet, to empower you to free yourself from the chains of stuff with this fun 30-day challenge. Pare down your life in one small way each day between Earth Day (April 22) and Biodiversity Day (May 22), and not only will you be happier and lighter at the end of the month, you’ll have a chance to win a sweet prize from Eartheasy.com!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Living with less means something different to everyone, so how you pare down your possessions is up to your lifestyle–and your creativity! The key is to discover where you over consume, then take meaningful steps to minimize your stuff to those things that are truly essential and important. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Look in your trash can to take stock of what exactly you’re throwing away, then find ways to minimize it (visit our #WasteNot Challenge for tips and ideas!)
- Look in your closet and see what you haven’t used or worn in the last year. Donate as much of these things as you can, and recycle or upcycle the rest (take a look at our #Repurposely Challenge for inspiration!)
- Swap something disposable for something reusable, like plastic sandwich bags for glass jars.
- For things you have multiples of but only use one at a time like scarves or travel coffee mugs, use just one or two. At the end of the month, keep those few items you used and donate those you didn’t.
- Take stock of the things in your home that are seldom used, like party platters or specialized kitchen equipment. Then, see if your area has a library of things where you could borrow those items only when you need them, and donate yours to charity.
- Switch single-purpose items for multi-purpose ones. For example, swap a dress top and a casual top for one quality piece you can dress up or down for varied occasions.
- Find–or start!–a pocket library near you and stock it with your books to share with neighbors.
WHAT YOU CAN WIN
One lucky person will be randomly selected from qualified entries to win this disposable-free set for life on the go from Eartheasy, plus a limited-edition Esquoia Mini paperless notebook!
HOW TO ENTER
Entering is simple: Find one way to live with less stuff as many days during the 30-day challenge as possible. Every time you do between April 22, 2016 and May 22, 2016 at 11:55PM EST, snap a photo and share it on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #LiveWithLess and tagging Travel Well Magazine (@travelwellmag on Twitter and Instagram.) The more activities you enter, the better your chances of winning, and the more we’ll repost to share the #LiveWithLess love! On May 22, qualifying entries will be tallied, and the winner will be announced via the Travel Well Facebook page, so be sure to like the page and follow us there.
Details: Qualifying entries must have been completed during the 30-day challenge, not before. Each live with less activity can earn no more than three entries (one each on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), but there is no limit to the number of activities you can enter. For example, you could not enter more than once each on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram about switching from paper towels to reusable ones. Only one post about this activity on each network (three total) would count. You could, however, swap disposable coffee cups for a reusable travel mug and donate gently-used clothes to charity in the same day, and you could get up to three entries for each activity (six total.)
Note: We’re on the honor system here, so please be true and honest to yourself and your fellow challengers. If you don’t complete the challenge for a given day, do not post that you did, but do make a promise to yourself to do better the next day!
Eartheasy’s mission is to help people improve their quality of life by offering information and products for sustainable living. For Eartheasy, a higher quality of life means more time with family and friends, a lower cost of living, a toxin-free home and yard, access to wholesome food and safe drinking water, and more time spent in nature. Sustainable living is about respecting the limits of the earth’s capacity to provide, and Eartheasy looks for solutions that lead to a simpler, more self-sufficient way of living.
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The Story of Stuff Project’s journey began with a 20-minute online movie about the way we make, use and throw away all the Stuff in our lives. Five years and 40 million views later, we’re a Community of more than a million changemakers worldwide, working to build a more healthy and just planet. Together, they believe it’s possible to create a society based on better not more, sharing not selfishness, community not division.
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