Lewinsville Presbyterian Church is committed to helping its congregants develop a sustainable future at church and in the community. Many of us want to know how we might put that idea into practice at home. Here are some thoughts to talk about with your family, friends and neighbors. What can we all do to help the earth, our environment for our ourselves and our descendants?
REDUCE, REPAIR, REUSE, RECYCLE, REFUSE, RETHINK!
- Follow a path of Christian simplicity before purchasing any item—think of its origin and its demise. When you are finished with it, how will it be repaired, reused or recycled?
- Reduce your personal carbon footprint. To learn how, here are some helpful calculators:
- Reduce your energy bills: make your home more efficient. Do an energy audit and save money as well as energy. Find more information here
- Reduce fossil fuel energy use at home: Consider converting to a solar energy source or purchasing renewable energy credits. Visit the EPA’s Green Power site to find renewable energy options where you live.
- Reduce your transportation fossil fuel emissions by walking, biking, using mass transit, driving less or purchasing an electric vehicle.
- Reduce your things or gifts you cannot use by Regifting.
Repair Before Replacing:
- When things break or stop working, we often throw them away. By fixing something, it will last longer or can be donated (a form of recycling) instead of adding them to the waste stream. Check HERE for a repository of manuals. There are also thousands of fix-it videos on YouTube, and if you need tools, check NextDoor to see if there is a neighborhood tool library near you. Or check out a local MakerSpace.
- If you have to replace, look for a more energy efficient choice (like an electric battery lawnmower to replace a gasoline powered one).
- Try to select a reusable instead of a single use, disposable item: think water bottles, grocery bags, produce bags, straws, coffee cups, food containers, take out containers and more.
- When you have finished with the original purpose of an item, think how you can reuse it in your house for some other purpose: items made of textiles can have multiple lives as napkins, pet care needs, placemats, pillow covers, cleaning cloths; some items can be given to schools for craft purposes; books and magazines can go to Little Libraries or your local library for resale.
- When you can’t repair or reuse, think about what you can recycle and where. Go to the recycling site serving the area where you live for more information:
- Recycle or Rot your food waste by composting in your own yard or join an industrial (high heat) composting program. When your trash service picks up yard waste, be sure to take advantage and bag waste in paper, not plastic bags.
- Recycle your “things” by donation to a non-profit that either rehomes items to support individuals in need or sells them to raise the money for social service organizations who do that work. You could also sell them via major online or social media options—Nextdoor Neighbors, Craig’s List, eBay, Facebook Market.
- Freecycle: Try giving away items on Freecycle or simply put them on the street with a “free” sign.
You have the power to choose to accumulate things or not, especially gifts. At the times where gifts seem obligatory, try to ask for and give “experiences” instead.
Rethink your part in the global effort to save God’s creation from pollution and loss of life. Learn more about environmental and energy policies at the federal, state, local and congregational level. Decide to act both personally and as part of a community in order to protect our air, water, and land for all God’s creatures, both today and for future generations. See Earth Care Resources for more information.
Join Lewinsville’s Earth Care steering committee
and help create a sustainable future at Lewinsville.
Click here to contact the Earth Care team!
Header Photo on this by Roland McElroy, Lewinsville