Every year for the liturgical season of Lent, I identify one or more disciplines on which to focus and practice for the six week season. This year, I was convicted by a Facebook post to choose going plastic-less. I say “plastic-less” because as I’ve been preparing for this discipline I’ve become ever more aware of just how prevalent plastic is in our world and in our daily lives. Some people, like Julie Fathy and Béa Johnson, manage to do an amazing job at eliminating all or most plastic (and other forms of waste) from their lives, but it’s tough and it takes effort.
Thanks to Sarah Wilson I’m removing eight simple kinds of plastic from my life, hopefully way beyond Lent. No more
- plastic cutlery (I have a backpacking set to use)
- straws (don’t use them anyway)
- bottled water
- take-away beverage cups (they’re plastic lined–ick)
- plastic toothbrushes
- plastic shopping bags (I already try to use cloth.)
- take-away containers
- plastic wrapped toilet paper
My biggest challenge is to find bamboo toothbrushes locally so I don’t have to increase my carbon footprint by ordering them–and that has to be done by Wednesday. Everything else should be pretty easy to implement, a little more difficult to remember, and hopefully habit-forming.
What are you choosing for a Lenten discipline this year?
(Photo: Dean Hochman, Creative Commons. Thanks!)