Voluntary simplicity has a no-waste policy. It’s part of the first and fourth Life Standards – Do Justice and Care for Creation. We cannot allow ourselves to waste food when so many on the Earth go hungry. And we cannot afford to waste the Earth’s finite natural resources.
If we choose not to waste, then we don’t take responsibility for food unless we are determined to use it wisely — in meeting our basic need for healthy food for ourselves and our families, not in over-indulging.
Unlike food, which is a consumable, we don’t use consumables that have a non-consumable alternative, like dishes and table service. Using paper or Styrofoam plates, cups or plastic forks at a church event, for example, is not only wasteful, it’s a lousy example. It says, “It’s OK for the church to put convenience ahead of care of the Earth. I guess we can do the same at home.”
When we’re rinsing the dishes, we use as little water as possible. It is poor stewardship to let a large stream of water run constantly while rinsing. (Yes, it’s OK to reach over and turn the water down – with a friendly smile — if a washing buddy is using too much water.)
Also of interest:
SLW! Podcast episode #4 — Break Forth Into Joy: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle, part 1 + Simplifying Fall Festivals with Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth [free study guide | Video Version on YouTube]
QUICK OVERVIEW: Treasury of Celebrations
Part 3: Celebrations – rites of passage, like birthdays and weddings
I will bring some of them up again in future episodes at appropriate times. If you’re eager, you can read them now or anytime for free online in the archives of SLW!
In the fall, September-December:
Alternatives’ Legacy Resource: Voluntary Simplicity Study/Action Guide also deals primarily with celebrations.
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