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April Village Green Corner 2004

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A better way to lose waste

'Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." Genesis 1:26 (NIV)

"Everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him." Colossians 1:16 (Msg)

Genesis tells us that God has given us the creation to care and rule over. And we are told by Paul that everything was made through and for Jesus. I believe that we should care for the planet as an act of love for the one by whom and for whom all things were made. As Christians we all have an obligation to carefully consider our stewardship of the earth's precious resources.

At present recycling is very much in vogue with considerable government backing to increase the quantities. Do you recycle? - if so, good! It is a way of reducing waste and the amount of material going into landfill sites and it saves huge quantities of energy and raw materials. But have you thought how efficient this process really is in conserving our resources? As an alternative to throwing into the black bin, recycling is the answer, but should the question be different?

Recycling itself requires considerable inputs of energy with much of the material being transported many miles in huge diesel guzzling lorries. Did you know that some materials go as far as the European mainland and that waste from Surrey and Hampshire is transported down to the coast for processing? The process to recover usable elements then uses even more energy!

Look at your recyclable matter. Is most of it packaging, cartons, bottles, cans, bags etc? Do you need to use all these materials in the first place? Remember, they have been costly to produce in terms of energy consumed in creating and transporting them, they then have a very short life before being thrown away, so much is wasted and only a small proportion is recycled. It would be preferable not to use these materials in the first place. We need to seek to reduce the quantities of resources we consume.

So before you think Recycle -Think REDUCTION. Before you buy anything consider whether you need to buy that ready meal, that can, that bottle. Look for fresh produce with less packaging, use large family sized containers rather than individual ones and especially do not accept that ubiquitous plastic bag with each purchase - take your own bag! Do recycle! But first think "do I need it at all?"

Say No to Waste! - Think Reduction!

 

We hope you have enjoyed reading this article. It was written by David Sanger for his church Magazine. You are welcome to use it for your local church magazine.

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