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Earth Day and World Book Day are just around the corner so challenge yourself and your family to unplug and reconnect with each other and nature.


You know the saying, “Better days are coming, they’re called Saturday and Sunday”, well it is true, weekends are the best but we are about to get two awesome (non-public) holidays. Earth Day is on the 22nd of April and World Book Day is on the 23rd of April. What better days could you ask for? A chance to give back to nature and a chance to crack open a good book or empower reading in others.

You can’t go wrong with taking part in either of these days and they happen to be two of our favourite things, aside from sharing good news of course.

The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) is highlighting the importance of paper in our lives and environment, and calling on us to put down our phones and pick up a book. We are so in!

Earth Day is an easy one to unplug on because it falls on a Sunday so there is no excuse to shut down your devices and hangout with the family. World Book Day falls on the Monday so commit to reading when you get home after work.

PAMSA has shared some ideas of things you can do to honour both days or just one of your choosing.

PAMSA’s five ways to pick paper over digital on Earth Day and/or World Book Day:

  1. Make at least one of the days a no-tech day – keep the TV off, put tablets and phones away and dust off the Scrabble or Snakes and Ladders. Or make a fort with a sheet and pillows, grab a box of biscuits and read stories to your little ones.
  2. Buy a paper book for someone else, or simply share one from your own bookshelf.
  3. Write a list of five books you want to read and by when.
  4. Explore an encyclopedia or atlas with your children, or if the weather’s good, get out and teach them to use a paper map, if you even remember!
  5. Make a habit of no phones or tablets before bedtime. Put your phone to bed one or two hours before you turn in. Reading a book will wind down your mind.

How do you plan to celebrate these two amazing days? Let us know in the comment section.

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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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