Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ challenges us to “Care for Our Common Home” by growing in faith, hope, and love. We must strive to live in healthy relationships with God, neighbour, and all creation. We are called to be ecological citizens, to make prudent decisions, and to take sometimes bold actions. In the particular matter of climate change, we are cautioned to reduce emissions of pollutants like carbon dioxide when it is in our control.
So, today (12th July) we celebrate #simplicity day. We thought that it would be useful to give some examples on how the people from our office are trying to help the environment by making decisions that represent less waste and living simpler.
– No plastic bottles for me, thank you. Rosie has said ‘no’ to plastic bottles, so she always tries to carry around her bottle of water. This is a great decision since a million plastic bottles are bought around the world per minute. So, next time that you leave home try to take with you your reusable bottle.
-Personal hygiene – plastic free. Steve has decided since his birthday that his daily hygiene routines will not cost the environment. So, he had ditched ALL THE PLASTIC. This means, for example, replacing the plastic bottles for soap bars, plastic toothbrush for bamboo toothbrush.
-I only eat what I grow (on Thursdays). Bridge has decided that in her house they will only eat what they grow in their allotment on Thursdays. This means very fresh tomatoes and lettuce, but not always the amount of food that you usually expect when you go to the supermarket. But, this also gives you another perspective of how people who depend of what they grow is what they eat and become more conscious about what we buy.
-Give me nature. You know that the coconut oil can be used as a moisturiser, makeup removal, shaving cream, hair conditioner and much more. So, I have decided to stop buying a bunch of cosmetics and replace them with coconut oil. This does not only help to reduce plastic bottle waste, but helps you too.
I hope you enjoyed our experiences and recommendations and that it encourages you to start making different decisions that will help the environment and live simpler.
Have a lovely day!
P.S: “An important part of our faith is to care for creation and to develop respect for other people in the world. Becoming a livesimply parish helps you go deeper and to take action.”
Written by Estefanía González