Making An Impact In Mississippi

When Ali and I set out on the road earlier this month to start filming the documentary about reuse, our goal was to make a film that made a positive impact on people. But as a pleasant surprise, we’ve learned that how we live is making a positive impact on people.

A couple of weeks ago, Ali and I stayed with our friend Julie Prestidge for a couple of nights in Mississippi. A few days later, Julie sent me the following message that couldn’t have made Ali and I happier. Hopefully, we can continue to make this kind of positive impact for the rest of the tour and beyond.

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Hey, I wanted to tell you that I saw you do some things that really made a big influence on me. I’m totally rocking the “if it’s yellow, let it mellow” idea now. And I got out my Brita water filter travel mug and am now using it to drink water instead of bottled water, and I realized that there is a way I can recycle for the little bit of time I have left in this apartment. I am going to sort stuff that can be recycled and take it to work with me and put it in our big recycle bin at work! When I move back on campus I will have a recycle bin in my room so that rocks!

I’m going to start carrying around to go containers like you all do when I go out to eat. Actually I’m going to just make a little kit of things like that and keep it in my car. I have a lot of tote bags at my mom’s house and I’m going to store those in the car too and go store-bag free whenever I can. Just the little things that make a HUGE difference. I’m really excited about it.

So, thank you for influencing me in such a positive way! How rad is that? You really can help change people’s lives and make a difference. I know that’s your goal and you helped me see that I can make changes that are so simple, smart and better for the planet.

I think as Americans we are lazy and greedy and I know I can be as guilty of that as anyone else sometimes, so I’m gonna make a commitment to myself to change those parts of me to the best of my ability.

However, I did hear you say something about pillows that I can’t go for. I have so many pillows on my bed at my mom’s house, but it’s not for decoration. I actually surround myself in them when I sleep. Kinda like a pillow fort. So I won’t be getting rid of my pillows, but I’m going to go through my stuff and just give a lot of it to the thrift stores or sell it.

I did get rid of like five trash bags full of stuff this past spring but I still need to get rid of more. I realized that from living in this apartment and the dorm over the last year that I don’t need a lot of stuff to survive. Less is more.

Anyway, I’m rambling. Tell Ali I said hello and how rad it was that I got to meet her too! You guys be safe on the rest of your trip. Can’t wait to see the final project.

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2 Responses to Making An Impact In Mississippi

  1. Glenn M says:

    Actually I want to build a camper for my truck(Nissan) and a trailer for my sport plane (even that's efficient: uses a VW engine). I'll live out of it and travel the country. That being the case, I'll likely not have a lot to carry! not a lot of RE-use, but not a lot of waste either.

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