Minimalism and being eco-conscious

December 8, 2019
Category: Home, Regenerative Permaculture

I have always cared about the environment (although I will admit I still have much to improve in that area). I think Christians should bring renewal to this world (both physically and spiritually). Our planet started as a perfect, whole and beautiful place. We messed it up pretty bad and it should be our responsibility to honor it and make the choices that improve it for future generations.

A few little things that we have done to work towards renewal rather than the opposite:

  • We grow an organic garden and compost our veggie/fruit scraps.
  • We use reusable containers as much as we can rather than plastic bags. Our usage of plastic ziplocs have gone down tremendously in the last couple of years, which I am super excited about.
  • We often only have 1 bag of trash in our bin each week
  • One of my favorites: I use these kitchen waffle weave dish cloths instead of paper towels as much as I can. I probably have about 50 and have been using them for probably 5 years and they’ve held up amazingly. Every couple of years I’ll order a few more. This may be a little different than most but I love having the stained and old ones around too because I can use those for anything (like cleaning up coffee spills) without feeling bad about making them ugly with stains.
  • We have a ton of old ball jars from the previous owners of the house. I am not a huge fan of the metal lids because they get rusty so I have a few of the plastic lids. (I know plastic isn’t good for the environment but I use these for years and years). I use them for leftovers, our daughter’s lunches, etc. Sometimes glass seems so much better for things like tomato pasta, home-made ranch dressing, etc. A pet peve of mine is getting tomato sauce stains on my reusable containers.
  • We try not to use disposable straws at restaurants.
  • I actually wash plastic silverware instead of throwing it away
  • We drive old cars.
  • We try to limit the amount of cheap toys that our daughter gets and love to get hand-me-down clothes. Our daughter loves hand-me-downs because they have emotional meaning to her.
  • We try to incorporate Eco-conscious practices in our businesses too.

We have a ton to still improve and work on but we’re working on improving and bringing renewal to creation world instead of harming it.


“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12 ESV


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