Living Responsibly—Avoid Single-Use (Disposable) Items: Make Your Life a Beautiful Prayer
“Therefore strive that your actions day by day
may be beautiful prayers.” —‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Christine Muller (faculty for the Wilmette Institute’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind courses) provides monthly tips to help us to live more socially and environmentally responsible lives and to treat our physical world with the respect it deserves. We hope that, as we make these tips a part of our habits, we will collectively be mitigating the severity of climate change, reducing human suffering, and keeping the Earth a livable place for the next generations.—THE EDITORS
by Christine Muller
Avoid Single-Use (Disposable) Items
Getting ready for a Feast, a Ruhi class, or a bicentenary celebration—or even your evening meal of pizza? Let’s apply the Bahá’í teachings to such gatherings and eliminate throw-away items from our lives. When we use reusable dishes, utensils, and tablecloths, we follow the teachings of our Faith that tell us to exercise moderation and use wisdom in all that we do. Most of us recognize that throwing everything away after a single use—plates, napkins, cups, drinking straws, eating utensils—is an enormous waste. Many of these disposables are not even recyclable, and they end up in a landfill—or, worse, in the ocean. However, many people do not know that the worst environmental impact of disposables happens before they even use them. Extracting the resources, such as oil for plastics and cutting down trees for paper, have the largest impact. The energy and water used in manufacturing, and the transportation involved in all the steps—from extraction to production to distribution centers to your local store and to your home—are also significant. When using reusable items, you do not contribute to the depletion of natural resources, and you reduce your impact on global warming.
Consider Social Justice in Your Food Choices
TIPS FROM 2018
Shower Less / Avoid Plastics / Purchase Mindfully / Why Eat Organic?
The Bees and We / Use Energy-Efficient Appliances / Shop Smart, Buy in Bulk
Eat Lower on the Food Chain / Buy Second-Hand Clothing / Recycle Right!
TIPS FROM 2017
Choose Reusable Shopping Bags / Insulate Your House / Go for a Walk or Bike Ride or Car Pool to Meetings / Shop Locally, Support Local Agriculture / Give Up Bottled Water—Go Back to the Tap / Go Solar / Hang Your Laundry Out to Dry / Ethical and Easy Lawns / Buy Clean Energy / Eat Less Beef / Home Energy Audit / Searching the Web (Use Ecosia and Plant a Tree)