Tikun Olam

Re-building the world

 

Waste

Whoever breaks a vessel or tears a garment or destroys a building or clogs a well or does away with  food  is guilty of being wasteful.
Kiddushin 32a

We squander resources without a second thought. Each year we throw away millions of tonnes of rubbish which collects in landfill sites. To reduce the amount you throw away, always consider - reduce, reuse and recycle.

Stop junk mail from direct marketing companies

Yet another  mail order company  is keen to offer you monogrammed golf balls and jumper fluff shavers. Up to 60% of the mail that comes through our letterboxes is never read.

To stop junk mail and the vast amount of paper it consumes simply write to the Mailing Preference Service and request that your name be removed from all mailing lists. The address is:
Mailing Preference Service, Freepost 22, London W1E 7EZ

EC legislation means that local councils will have to pay if they don't reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill; it will be you that will have to pay for it.  Badger your local councillor for the council to supply composting bins for you to use for your vegetable waste and make your own potting compost.

Similarly for newspaper and plastic household waste. Encourage the council to provide a separate bin for plastics and a bag or box for newspapers and paper waste.
 

Water

And you shall draw water with joy from the wells of salvation. 
Isaiah 12:3

Turn off dripping taps

A dripping tap wastes more than 10 litres of water a day so make sure that you turn taps off completely and fix ones that leak. A leaking tap can normally be fixed by changing the washer. This is one of the easiest DIY tasks in the home, so you may consider having a go yourself rather than 'calling a man in'. The large DIY stores have 'How to do it' leaflets.

It might seem as if the UK has plenty of water. But water taken out of rivers for our use ends up in the sea, and river levels are dropping.

If you see water leaking from out of the footpath or road then report it to the Water Utility Company, they are obliged to reduce the amount of water lost from the distribution system.

Take a bath less often, use the shower instead. Recent research indicates that it is better for your skin.
 

Energy

Not by strength, nor by power, but by my spirit
Zechariak 4:6

Wasting energy is not only costly, it increases the greenhouse gases that cause climate change. Here is one of many simple ways to reduce your energy consumption and cut your gas and electricity bills.

Don't leave televisions and computers on stand-by

The little red light at the bottom of your television set and the cursor blinking on your computer screen seem innocuous. But if everyone in the UK switched off these appliances when they weren't using them, we would save the energy output of an entire power station.

If you see a light switched on, with no one present, turn it off.
Fit low energy light bulbs in the rooms where you spend most of your time.
 

Shopping

Who is happy? Those who are satisfied with their portion.
Ethics of the Fathers

As you tear around the supermarket with children in tow or grabbing something to eat on the way home from work, it is easy not to think about the impact of your choices. But small changes to your shopping habits can make a difference to your health, your local economy and the environment.
 
 

Reuse plastic carrier bags or use a durable shopping bag

Reusing plastic carrier bags cuts down waste. Using a sturdy shopping bag is better still (and if you're a hoarder by nature, it stops your home turning into a drop-in shelter for plastic bags).

Carry a shopping bag. Buy your produce loose from the local Market Hall, it will be cheaper, fresher and tastier.

 

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