The Journey to More Sustainable Communities

Saint Augustine and the Environment

Whenever you show greater concern for the common good than for your own, you may know that you are growing in charity.
Saint Augustine (The Rule V, 31)

Replace Water Bottles

According to Harvard University, the entire lifecycle of bottled water uses fossil fuels, contributes to global warming, and causes pollution and is 3,000% more expensive per gallon than tap water.  86 percent of used water bottles become garbage or litter.  

Families and communities can easily switch to water filters and reusable water containers and contribute an immediate impact on the environment.

Replace Keurig

K-cups are another source of plastic that end up in landfills.  The type of plastic traditionally used takes between 150-500 years to biodegrade.  According to the University of California San Francisco, the majority of K-cups are made of a type of plastic that is not recyclable in most areas.  Even if the cups are sent for recycling, they will often not be accepted due to the fact that they are small or not properly cleaned by the user beforehand.  

Communities and families can respond by switching to drip coffee and composting the coffee grounds.

Wash in Cold Water

According to the EPA, about 90 percent of the energy used by washing machines is used to heat water.  The washer motor only accounts for about 10 percent.  Using cold water for your next load of laundry can have an immediate and substantial impact on your sustainability goals.

Families and communities can easily switch to using cold water for their next load of laundry.

Dishwashing Machines

According to the EPA, running your dishwasher only with a full load and using the air-dry option can prevent 100 pounds of carbon pollution.  Further, you can save water and energy by scraping dishes instead of rinsing them before loading the dishwashers.  Most dishwashers today can thoroughly clean dishes that have had food scraped, rather than rinsed off.

Communities and families can adopt these practices as part of their regular routine of cleaning up after meals.