Psalm 24:1: “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it”
The Bible makes it clear that God loves justice, and it therefore follows that Christians, who want to be like Him, will do the same.
Justice is about living in right relationship with God, one another, and the natural creation. Time and time again God shows His love and compassion for the weak, the vulnerable and the marginalised. So we do the same. Read on to find out more…
Each month Red Letter Discipleship Group will be sharing ideas of things you can do to shrink your carbon footprint and combat climate change. They will range from easy and cheap challenges to really life-changing ones.
We hope you’re up for the challenge, but please do what you can as it all helps. If there’s anything you’d like to know more about, or a topic you’d like us to cover in future, do let us know.
Liz Francis on behalf of RLDG
This Month's Eco Tip: Laundry
So laundry uses lots of power and lots of water. It also washes millions of micro-beads into the water systems, which results in wear and tear on the washing and pollution in the rivers and seas.
To reduce your environmental impact through laundry, see if you can find one or two ideas to try from these. If everyone takes 1 small step, together we take a big leap!
First question – do you need to do all the washing you do now? You could try:
• Hang worn clothes, ideally on a curtain rail by an open window for a re-fresh and wear, instead of always dropping them or putting them straight into the clothes bin;
• Leave the towels an extra day, and the sheets an extra 2 or 3 days (or even a week): Opinions vary as to how often such laundry should be done, but most people leave sheets at least 2 weeks!
• Wait to wash whole loads;
Then with those full loads:
• Use half the recommended amount of soap;
• Forget the conditioner, smells and other extras;
• Check the instruction booklet for the most efficient programmes (in terms of water and power) and try a lower temperature;
• Hang the wet washing, rather than tumble drying;
• And stop all that ironing.
Tricky to find ways to reuse, but you could try a laundry egg or ball. These laundry aids are full of clay beads that breakdown the water’s surface tension so that the washing can get properly wet and clean.
Although they can seem expensive, you can use them over and over again, so it is much cheaper than buying washing powder, liquid or gel. Even if you use less!
And if you are missing the conditioner scents, try 4-5 drops of essential oil on a flannel, hanky or t-towel and adding that to the wash – lavender or geranium can be a good choice, with a fragrance that isn’t too masculine or feminine. Again, you can use that in several washes too before adding a few more drops.
If you do continue to use washing powder, liquid or gel, and those rinsing additions, do recycle the containers. This will be easiest and most efficient if you choose brands that come in cardboard or clear plastic bottles.
And, in time, you may also be able to recycle your iron and ironing board! They can be taken to bigger charity shops, along with washing machines and tumble driers when you trade up. If you are unsure about donating them, at least choose an option for the supplier to take your old machine for recycling and check the local district council website for recycling of electricals.
Previous Eco Tips
Sustainable Development Goals
The World Evangelical Alliance has written reflections on the Sustainable Development Goals from a Christian perspective.
Have a read here
You can order a more detailed booklet on the same topic here
The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. Decisions made there have the potential to limit climate change dramatically.
Click here for more information about COP26 and ideas for worship, prayer & action to take ahead of it.