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Brief Eco Tips

Ask the person who prepares the bulletin to place these in the church bulletin Sunday by Sunday. Introduce it with: “A care for creation tip from your Green Team.”

Turn off the lights and TV when you are not in the room.

Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.

Use organic products for the lawn instead of chemicals.

Pull weeds instead of spraying with chemicals.

Don’t leave water running while brushing your teeth or doing dishes.

Use old T-shirts as rags for cleaning, dusting or wiping up spills. Try to eliminate paper towels.

Ask your family to walk, bike, or ride a bus whenever possible.

Shop at the farmer’s markets in the summer. Buy local produce whenever possible.

Always recycle oil.

Start a compost pile.

Bring your own bags to the grocery store.

Buy more fruits and vegetables and less meat.

Don’t buy aerosol products. They hurt the ozone layer.

Use paper products instead of plastic and avoid Styrofoam, which is very difficult to recycle. Take you own bags and containers.

Join a community supported agriculture program.

Buy organic (no chemicals added) food whenever possible.

Bring a lunch box or reusable bag to school or work to save the trees.

Plant a tree at your home. Trees can cool your house in summer and warm it in winter.

Join the non-partisan League of Conservation Voters at www.conservationvoters.org

Use compact fluorescent bulbs and be sure to recycle them safely.

Recycle newspapers. Only 27% of newspapers produced in America are recycled.

Recycle glass bottles and jars. Every month we (in the U.S.) throw out enough to fill up a giant skyscraper.

Most bottled water contains city tap water. Some 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills each year and twenty million barrels of oil are used to make the bottles. It is 7,000 times more expensive than using your own tap water.

Three-fourths of our plastic bottles end up in the trash or along the side of the road. Recycle!

Save and recycle domestic batteries safely.

The average household contains from 3 to 25 gallons of toxic materials, mostly in cleaners. Make your own cleaners or buy non-toxic products.

Do not buy products that are labeled “DANGER,” “WARNING,” OR “POISON.” Manufacturers aren’t required to list ingredients such as phenols, diethylene glycol, nonylphenolethoxylate, formaldehyde, petroleum solvents, perchloroethylene, and butyl cellosolve—all with damaging effects to our bodies.

Sponges are perfect breeding grounds for germs. If you use a sponge, buy a pure cellulose sponge and keep it germfree by putting it in the top rack of the dishwasher or by microwaving it on high for one minute.

Recycle your old eyeglasses by bringing the Lion’s Club or another charity.

To make furniture polish, mix 1 tsp of lemon juice in 1 pint of mineral or vegetable oil (olive oil works well).

For scouring powder, mix 1 cup baking soda, 2 tsp cream of tartar, 1/8 cup borax, 1/4 cup grated lemon and mix well.

Join the Sierra Club, America’s oldest and largest grass-roots environmental organization. www.sierraclub.org.

Real trees are better for the environment than artificial Christmas trees, but you must keep them watered (to prevent fires) and put them at the curb for chipping after the season is over.

Give Earth a Christmas gift this year. Simplify your shopping and wrapping, and buy gifts that are not disposable or easy to break.

A two-degree adjustment in your thermostat setting (lower in winter, higher in summer) can prevent 500 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year.

Still shopping? Buy an indoor plant for your loved one. Plants filter pollutants and add oxygen to indoor air. What a thoughtful gift!



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