Living Responsibly— Shop Smart, Buy in Bulk: 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) continues to give us monthly tips aimed at helping 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

Shop Smart, Buy in Bulk

by Christine Muller

O ye loved ones of God!
Drink your fill from the well-spring of wisdom, and walk ye in the garden of wisdom, and soar ye
in the atmosphere of wisdom, and speak forth with wisdom and eloquence.
__________________________Bahá’u’lláh, in Tablets of Baha’u’llah 14: 212

Much of the cost of the food we are buying goes into packaging. We are not only talking about your personal cost at the check-out counter but, more important, about the environmental and social cost. According to one researcher, “food packaging accounts for almost two-thirds of total packaging waste by volume (Hunt et al., 1990).” The problem of food packaging is not confined to its disposal. Its production requires enormous amounts of natural resources such as energy, water, and fossil fuels. Recycling all the packaging that is recyclable is certainly a good thing, but that is not nearly good enough. It is best to avoid unnecessary packaging altogether. You can buy rice, lentils, beans, nuts, spices, and so on in bulk. The best place for that is a not-for-profit food cooperative or your local health food store where you can bring your containers from home. Some larger grocery stores may also carry items in bulk, but you may have to use the store’s bags or containers.

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UPCOMING TIPS
Eat Lower on the Food Chain
Buy Used Clothing

TIPS FROM 2018
Shower Less  /  Avoid Plastics  /  Purchase Mindfully  /  Why Eat Organic?  /  The Bees and We  /  Use Energy-Efficient Appliances

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)

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