On Being Christian, Green, Low-income, and
Having an Abundant Life
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Tons of great sites to spark your imagination and get your creative juices going. Recycling is a lot more fun than I remember ! Reusing and recreating things not only helps the environment , but you save money too.
Don't want to live in a yurt and weave your own clothes ?
Here is a site called Blue Egg
"Living green for the rest of us !"
This site has tons of really creative recycling ideas re-using things that I had not thought of before. Great ideas.
Make stuff from other stuff !
Lots of things that aren't on other sites. Go to the MAKE STUFF home page for even more ways to make things from other things !
Here is a list of "50 New Ideas" to re-purpose things :
"Think it's garbage?
If you like to knit ,
but are put off by the price of yarn , here is a great idea for re-using sweaters bought at the thrift store.
Huge page called "Recycle-Reuse-Reduce"
The largest link page on these subjects that I have seen.
This is another great page for reusing and recycling
from the people at About.com. Lot's of good ideas and they have ways of making it fun here , too !
Tons of ideas here .
It is a LONG list of re-use and recycle tips .
Re-cycling ideas for kid's Crafts
Here are some fun re-cycling ideas for kids . Some need adult supervision , such as the craft using lightbulbs.
The people who post things on Makezine have the coolest ideas !
Very creative and artistic ways for re-using things.
This is an offer for a FREE interactive cd to learn about options for safer cleaners.
People of faith should be the first in line to save the environment and the world's resources . After all , God gave the earth and it's wonders to people so that we would cherish and take care of it.
Here are some ideas to spark your fire in being a steward of God's Creation :
"The mission of Au Sable Institute is the integration of knowledge of theCreation
with biblical principles for the purpose of bringing the Christian community and the general public to a better understanding of the Creator and the stewardship of God's Creation."
MORE CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS :
The Christian Environmental Association is a nationwide organization joined together to promote Biblical environmental stewardship within the Christian community. Their mission is defined as "Serving the Earth, Serving the Poor."
Read more here :
Interesting article and resources , entitled :
USED MAY NOT BE SO BAD I guess if a person turns their nose up when they consider buying used books , going to a garage sale , or getting clothes at a thrift store , this site is for them !
Here is a great idea for making your own purse, bag or thing for holding stuff .
Another great DIY site , called Threadbangers. Here is their " what we are about" statement :
"Threadbanger is a network for people who love to DIY, recreate, refashion and craft. Forget about corporate stores, we’re here to help you create and find your own style! From our episodes, forum and blog to our newsletter and contests, there is something for everyone. Our goal is to bring together people who can share their ideas, tips and advice with others and help make the world more fashionable – Threadbanger style!"
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Re-cycle ~ Re-make ~ Re-purpose ~ Re-craft~ Re-invent
Just in time for the Lenten season , here is a very interesting article about living with less :
*This is an article from the NON-TOXIC TIMES newsletter ,entitled " Required Reading: Environmentalism Isn’t So Dead after All" "Required reading..."
Re-working your way of life through re-( doing-cycling-purposing etc. )is another way to embrace Abundance even when finances are low.
" WHERE THERE IS BEAUTY APPARENT,
WE ARE TO ENJOY IT,
WHERE THERE IS BEAUTY HIDDEN ,
WE ARE TO UNVEIL IT
WHERE THERE IS BEAUTY DEFACED
, WE ARE TO RESTORE IT
WHERE THERE IS NO BEAUTY AT ALL
WE ARE TO CREATE IT."
-ROBERT MCAFEE BROWN
This timely quote is from an article called :
"It's Not Easy Being Green"
"How's a Christian to respond to the hot-button issue of the environment?"
by Holly Vicente Robaina
It will be modified for those of us who are older/disabled/single moms/homeless and already living on a subsistance level , to illustrate that living on a low income can be Abundance Living.
It will include the cool 'faddish' type things that are part of the movement , but ...It will emphasize a total life change mentality.
It will involve being intellegent. Being poor does not equal being of a low I.Q. !Sometimes we who are of low monetary resources are treated like we have no clue . In my experience , the people who treat us like this are the ones that need to work on their ignorance.
Here is a site that helps determine what "green" practices may not be safe (Plus those that are safe and the best of the bunch choices .)
This article has a different spin on the local garbage dump. This dump is not just a dump , but the people here are helping the government with recycling !?
Wouldn't it be better to sort out the things that would be tossed out and then give them to people instead of making them compete with flies and stray dogs ?
Still , this illustrates that there are people in this world living off other peoples' garbage. Not unlike on other third world garbage dumps,
Roatan's Mud Hole dump supports many people that with dignity make a living and relieve the local and central government from their recycling responsibilities." Note the ad right next to this article about vacation villas.
Actually , I was a fraud . I really only wanted to recycle because I had a crush on a boy who was fanatical about the ecology movement.
I decided that on the way home from school everyday , I would pick up all the trash by the side of the street. Then I took it home in garbage bags and sorted everything into aluminum , paper ,and glass. I got friends to walk with me and do it too.
Well , the guy that I liked never even knew I was doing this because I was too shy to talk to him. Plus , I ended up walking home alone .
My friends were tired of taking so long to get home because they had to stop to pick up every little bit of trash that I saw .( When I think back , I must have been pretty convincing if I had my friends doing this with me )
Then winter came and I decided that I didn't want to bring home stuff that I had to thaw out before I sorted it. My hands were chapped and cut from picking up cold stuff , plus , I found out my "crush" had a girlfriend . OH WELL , so much for true love .
Now that I am older ,and so much more empowered than I was when I was when I was young , I have embraced the ecology movement again .The name of the cause itself has been recycled and I have no idea what happened to that boy from the '70s . Now the ecology cause has been repackaged as the simplicity movement , the save our world movement , subsistance living , and "being green"
* More about the ecology symbol in the right side bar .
Here is a great idea ! Start a recycled garden ! You can recycle seeds from almost any fruit or vegetable . For flowers , you can also collect seeds and bulbs. Here are some ideas and books :
Do you have a large group that you can share this with ? Check it out : all about seeds ! Be an ambassador !
Is this a Re ! page idea , or a frugal idea ? I guess it is both. Community Gardens :
The following is directly from the site . It explains the concept of community gardening . More churches should participate in this. Churches certainly have a lot of grassy space around them that could be used for gardening.
What is a Community Garden?
Very Simply, it is:
We at the ACGA have a broad definition of what a community garden entails. It can be urban, suburban, or rural. It can grow flowers, vegetables or community. It can be one community plot, or can be many individual plots. It can be at a school, hospital, or in a neighborhood. It can also be a series of plots dedicated to "urban agriculture" where the produce is grown for a market.
The origin of the flag idea has a conflicting story, though, because
the Flag Bulletin also mentions the first ecology flag was manufactured by the San Francisco based Paramount Flag Co. in August 1967.” The flag was patterned after our nation’s flag. Dark green was used instead of blue and light green instead of red. The colors represented "pure air and green land" and environmental action.”
My personal guess is that the flag was made in the 1960’s probably right in the middle of the hippie movement in Haight-Ashbury . I like this theory, as it seems so much more personal and from “the people”.
"Hippies started the ecology movement. They combated racism. They liberated sexual stereotypes, encouraged change, individual pride, and self-confidence. They questioned robot materialism. "Timothy Leary (Chaos and Cyberculture)
Historical information about the ecology flag is
From: TheFlagBulletinNo. 155 (1993)
If you want to dig more into the Hippie movement and times , here is a groovy site :
One group that started as a commune in San Fransico is still alive and thriving. It is called The Farm , and it embraces many of the aspects of living simply .
Make sure you check out their ecovillages . They have come a long way from their beginnings with many of their ventures.
Are you wondering if the current " Go Green and save the world " campaign is another fad like the ecology fad of the 1970's .Fhe "masses " follow the current fad and then it seems to fade away. Remember Pet Rocks ?Smily Faces ? Make Peace Not War?
Here is a great blog about keeping green :
Here are some great ideas for Green Living by TipNut.com:
Another way to keep green is to re-use shopping bags , or make your own reusable ones ! Here are some you could sew or knit or crochet :
If you're not part of the solution , you're part of the problem .
1970's ecology quote , still relevent today