Hello Everyone! Hope you’re having a lovely June so far 🙂 It’s been a while since I’ve been on here but I wanted to share something I’ve been thinking about recently.
Last time I shared about our slow simple life that we’ve managed to attain, and if you missed it you can go here and read it 🙂
So I wanted to share about some thoughts I’ve had about “going green”, or being “eco-friendly” and why I find it important.
You’ve all heard about climate change, Earth Overshoot Day, and all the other scientific studies of our negative impact on our world. And sure maybe that’s a small bit of why I care about the impact my family creates. But the most fundamental reason I care so much is because as a Christian, we’ve been given an amazing home we call Earth. We recently just did a road trip through the Rocky Mountains and I am so in awe of how all creation works.
In the documentary The Magic Pill on Netflix they explain about how grass-fed cows eat and fertilize the grass, which creates deep roots and new soil and it’s just one big circle of life. This is the way the world was intended to be. Maybe I didn’t explain it the best way, so go watch it right now. Oh no wait finish reading this first!
As Christians we need to express our gratitude by actually giving a f***. Sorry strong language, but I don’t care. I just think humans in general need to wake up and realize we have this amazing planet.
Okay in our house we’re not 100% zero-wasters. It’s near impossible, especially when we don’t have the resources to make it work. BUT I make an effort to be ever so mindful of what impact we make. Some examples of what we DO do are…
- Sustainable food packaging, like beeswax wraps and reusable ziplock bags.
- Biodegradable cleansers, like dish soaps, laundry detergents, and body soaps.
- Composting food waste, like using eggs shells as fertilizer or our city’s composting program.
- Buying local because of fuel emissions.
I could keep going but I’d be here for a while.
Some areas we are unable to make it work, like my extensive effort to make our cloth diapers work for Cornelia has not worked. Or we don’t have a bulk food store in our area so lots of food gets bought prepackaged. But I’m always trying to improve and be grateful for what we’ve been given and the resources we do have.
It can be overwhelming at times, but then I just remind myself why I do it.
What kinds of ways do you try to be “green”?