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Concerned about the Environment?
We have a small group of individuals at First Congo who have been working on efforts to impact the care of creation. We are going to be sharing tips on “green living” in the bulletin and through occasional displays in the Narthex. If you would like to find out more about these efforts or to share your own tips, please contact Chris Brittnacher.
Tip: Rethink your use of bottled water
Producing bottles for bottled water uses enough oil to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. Other costs to the environment include the oil used for transportation and the low recycling rate for plastic.
Using one water pitcher filter and a reusable bottle can replace 300 16-ounce bottles of water — good for your wallet and the planet!
Tip: Eat local
Choosing local food when possible has many benefits to the environment, our local economy and our health.
- It reduces the pollution and energy use associated with transporting, storing, and refrigerating the food.
- It supports smaller growers whose scale and diversity allows them to use less pesticides and fertilizers than large monoculture farms.
- Local foods taste better and are more nutritious since they are picked at their peak and haven’t been sitting in a warehouse.
Tip: Choose organic in the grocery store
Buy organic food because you will be eating food without synthetic pesticides, synthetic herbicides and hormones. You are also supporting an industry that doesn’t use petroleum-based fertilizers, which damage the environment.
Tip: Go meat-free on Mondays
Having pasta or a vegetarian soup on Mondays might not seem like a big deal, but adding one meat-free meal per week (for a family of four) has the same impact as driving a hybrid car! Raising livestock produces a large amount of greenhouse gases, so cutting back, even one night per week, makes a big difference.
Tip: Save money and the environment by reducing your food waste
Did you know that 40% of food in America is never eaten?
The average American household is throwing away $120 each month in uneaten food. Nationwide, we waste $165 billion in food. Food is the number one thing in our landfills and is a big contributor to climate pollution.
One in eight Americans struggle to put food on the table, so there are many good reasons to be conscious of food waste. Here are some tips:
- Plan your meals in advance and shop with a list. Only purchase what you can consume before it expires.
- Use leftovers and ingredients that you have on hand as inspiration for future meals. The internet is full of ideas!
- Freeze what you can't use up soon: berries, bananas and greens can be used for future smoothies, while onions, peppers, tomatoes and fresh herbs can be chopped up and frozen for chili, stews, etc. For more ideas, check out savethefood.com.