Usually in how we treat one another (as in it’s original context) but I think it also goes right along with Creation care as well.
Growing up I remember making jokes about Treehuggers and thinking they were all a bunch of liberal bleeding heart crazies.
But a big change happened when I started to see “Environmentalism” as Creation care. It’s not just a liberal cause that’s tied to a political agenda. It’s actually more about our call to be good stewards of what we’ve been given.
If you’re on the fence about Creation care, I’d encourage you to listen to a couple interviews I did on the something beautiful podcast.
Particularly when pregnant and when children are small, choose foods, toys and garden products with fewer endocrine disruptors or other toxins. (Information about products is at www.cosmeticsdatabase.com or www.healthystuff.org.)
For those whose jobs may expose them to chemicals, remove shoes when entering the house and wash work clothes separately from the rest of the laundry.
Filter drinking water.
Store water in glass or stainless steel containers, or in plastics that don’t contain BPA or phthalates (chemicals used to soften plastics). Microwave food in ceramic or glass containers.
Give preference to food grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers and growth hormones. Avoid meats that are cooked well-done.
Check radon levels in your home. Radon is a natural source of radiation linked to cancer.
Have you adjusted your eating to eat more organic, chemical free foods?
What would it take for you to really reduce your trash impact? Could you reduce your waste to less than 30.5 pounds of non-recyclable trash in a week? How about a month? Or a year?
Dave Chameides did just that — creating less trash in all of 2008 than an average American family throws out in a week. And more impressively, he did this without changing his eating or lifestyle habits to drastically.
â€œI didnâ€™t want to change the way that I was living my life,â€ Dave told Sustainablog. â€œIf I wanted to drink beer, I wasnâ€™t going to say, well, I canâ€™t find a way to drink beer without creating packaging, so therefore Iâ€™m not going to. Instead, what Iâ€™m going to do is look at the packaging in beer and pick the most â€˜eco-friendlyâ€™ way to do it.â€
He’s got several cool videos on Vimeo, including how he composts food and junk mail with 6-7k worms in his basement (and it only takes up roughly 1’x1′ of floor space), as well as what he carries in his bag each day to help reduce his trash impact.
In the end, Dave amassed just 30.5 pounds of non-recyclable trash. However, that wasnâ€™t the only stuff he piled up in his garage though â€” Dave decided to keep his recyclables for the year too, to show that â€œrecycling isnâ€™t the answer.â€
â€œIf you look at the majority of the waste that I put out there, itâ€™s recycling,â€ Dave says. â€œThatâ€™s gonna take energy, itâ€™s going to take resources, itâ€™s going to take all sorts of things. I think weâ€™ve been trained in the U.S. to think that recycling is the answer. But statistically, only 10% of everything that can be recycled is recycled.â€