With how much the Catholic Church has been in the news lately, you’d think we weren’t one of the oldest institutions on earth. But, you know.
In the wake of Pope Francis’ encyclical titled Laudato Si’, Catholics (and all humans, really) have been reminded of where the Church stands on environmental issues and what role we play in that.
So, here are my five favorite simple ways to care for our earth.
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Eat Until You’re Full: It’s no secret that many people eat way more than they should while their neighbors worry about the next meal. Vow to eat until you’re full, and keep a close eye on expiration dates. Pope Francis preaches, “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry.”
Think Before You Buy: Ask yourself can I borrow or rent this? Do I have something I could use instead or repurpose? Can I buy this used? Can I make do without it?
Buy a Bag: I know, I just told you to stop buying stuff. But, try keeping a small reusable bag in your purse or car so you can say no to paper or plastic at every store – not just grocery shopping. If you don’t have something you can use or can’t find a used one, shop small.
Rewear Your Clothes: Want to know a secret? I don’t wash my clothes each time I wear them – underwear and socks excluded. Not only do I hate doing extra laundry, but if something doesn’t smell or look dirty, I don’t want to waste the water, soap, electricity and time it costs to wash it.
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What are your best tips for saving the planet, captain? Tell me in the comments or link up your #5Faves (about anything!) below. .