Caring for Creation should be a natural response to loving Jesus. To love my neighbor as myself, I must care and act so my neighbors can have clean water, air and healthy food. I care because God cares for what He’s created.
This month, celebrate our Earth by 1) enjoying nature, and 2) making simple changes to your routine that will have a positive impact on our environment.
A better way to reduce your waste is by ditching single-use items and opting for more eco-friendly, reusable alternatives.
- Reduce and Reuse. We don’t realize how much waste we create each day by using disposable containers, bags and plastic bottles. While recycling is great, that process itself takes a lot of energy to support. And, unfortunately, not everything makes it to the recycling center. A better way to reduce your waste is by ditching single-use items and opting for more eco-friendly, reusable alternatives.
- Make Smart Swaps. Disposing of hazardous items such as batteries and bulbs can be tricky. Take a walk through your home and swap out items containing hazardous materials, such as bulbs with mercury, to rechargeable or hybrid alternatives.
- Skip “Fast Fashion.” Many of our favorite stores likely sell what is known as “fast fashion.” This concept is what brings brand new apparel to consumers on a consistent basis. The mass production of these cheaply made garments takes a toll on the environment. You can secure fashionable finds in an eco-friendly way by taking a look at apps and websites that sell second-hand clothing or even by visiting a consignment or thrift shop for unique finds. Declutter your own closet and give your clothing a second life by making donations to those in need.
- Get outdoors! Celebrate the beauty of the planet by getting outdoors. Whether you go on a hike, kayak or just take a walk, look around at God’s creation! Listen to the birds. Smell the fresh air.
- Get your veggies. Pick one day each week to eat a plant-based meal and skip the meat. You’ll be doing the planet a whole lot of good, as the production of meat and animal-based products requires far more water and land use than the production of plant-based foods. Consider being more mindful about food waste in your own household, buying only what you need.