6 Changes to Make in Your House to Care for God’s Creation
There are so many things we all do as humans that harm the environment and we may not realize it. For starters, a great place to begin would be to pray the Season of Creation prayer to show gratitude for all of God’s creation. To learn more about the Season of Creation and Laudato Si’ movement, visit the official website here. Here are some ways you can change your habits so that we all can lead a healthier lifestyle that cares for God’s earth and everyone who lives on it.
This article was written by the Social Mission Commission of the Eparchy of Edmonton. Learn more here.
1. Trying Eco-Friendly Hand Soaps
Something fun you can try is making your own hand/body soap! This way, you know what’s in your soap and you can customize it to your liking. It’s also a great crafty and simple activity you can try with friends and family. Some supplies you will need are a soap base, a heatproof bowl, and a silicone mold (you can find some with fun designs such as Star Wars, princesses, or flowers). You will also need herbs and essential oils, such as dry lavender and orange essential oil. This will make your soap have a decadent scent! Now, you’re ready to start. Measure out how much soap base you need (about a pound), and melt it in your microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. When it’s melted, add your chosen scents and mix, mix, mix! Then, pour it into your mold and let it sit for a few hours until it’s hard, and you’re all done! Now you have a great soap free from chemicals that smells amazing! For more details, you can check out this recipe.
2. Using Reusable Containers
3. Bringing Your Own Grocery Bag
4. Trying Natural Dish Soaps
5. Trying Natural Detergents
6. Donate Clothing and Shop Secondhand
So many clothes end up in landfills. A good way to sustain our environment is to donate unwanted clothing and shop at a secondhand store. Clothing for a Cause collects clothing and finds ways to repurpose it. They reuse it, sell it, turn it into rags or carpets, and separate the fibers to further reuse it. They also have bins in many locations for easy drop-off.