Steps Continued - Consumption
Visit the website of The New American Dream, dedicated to help Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice.
Read Brian Swimme’s essay “Religion of the Ad”. Talk to your children about advertising, not shopping for sport and living with less. Help them resist being drawn into a world of materialism.
Read “The Gospel of Consumption,” an article by Jeffrey Kaplan explaining how we got into this consumer rat race.
Garbology. Each person in the U.S. annually generates 1640 pounds of trash, or 4.5 pounds per day. That’s a grand total of 246 million tons of trash dumped somewhere. Get to the bottom of what happens to trash in your area. Where does it all go? Visit the closest landfill, waste processing center, recycling center, or salvage yard. If it’s too far away, consider simply interviewing your trash collector to get the scoop. Consumption and consumerism links and resources are abundant.
Mix together and use in spray bottle.
Mix together and use on surfaces you want to disinfect.
Pour baking soda into toilet bowl and drizzle with vinegar. Let sit for ½ hour. Scrub and flush. Add borax for stains if needed.
Pour baking soda into a medium size bowl. Add soap a little at time, stirring continuously, until the mixture has begun to resemble frosting. Mix in drops of essential oil. Store in airtight jar for up to a year.
Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.