Green Enthusiast Stories!
Here are our Emanuel members own stories about how they work actively to make an environmentally friendly impact on our world. Thanks for sharing and inspiring all of us.
Hanging Nylon Bag
This reuseable bag is in our restroom waiting to be filled with several recyclable treasures. For example, shampoo, lotion and vitamin bottles; all things cardboard. Anonymous
Bees Wrap: Bee’s Wrap® is the sustainable, natural alternative to plastic wrap for food storage, used to wrap bread, cheese, vegetables, or cover a bowl! Use the warmth of your hands to soften the wrap, create a seal; upon cooling the wrap holds its shape, and is re-usable. Wash in cool water. Made of beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin. Not recommended for meat items. Limited quantities are available at Whole Foods or buy direct at: http://www.beeswrap.com/Anonymous Member
Green Laundry Tip:Use 100% organic hand-felted wool dryer balls to soften clothes, vs. dryer sheets with synthetic chemicals. Decrease drying time will lower utility bills, while saving the landfill from disposable dryer sheets. Toss in 2-3 balls at cycle beginning; you can re-use them years. Tip: for a light natural scent, add a few drops of lavender, lemon or orange essential oils to the balls first! Wool dryer balls from www.mightynest.com; lavender scent from Whole Foods. The Faison Ross Family
Recycle and Reuse Dryer Lint and Egg Cartons: Yes, the lint from your dryer and a dozen or 18 count egg carton can be used in the fireplace or a fire-pit to start a fire. Just collect dryer lint in a cardboard egg carton (NOT in a Styrofoam one) break off sections needed, light in fire safe area like your fireplace or a fire-pit and there you have it, a Firestarter. Anonymous Member
Trees for shade can have multiple purposes: Planted in 2013 with the long term goals to 1) provide shade to the office, making it more comfortable while using less electricity 2) Capturing CO2/ carbon dioxide, to impact global warming. Greening our environment is a clear example of Tikkun Olam, repairing the Earth and making it more beautiful. Carolyn and Michael Levine
Tea Bag Label
Don’t forget to recycle the paper tea bag label too.. just pull it off the string! Carolyn Levine
We are looking for MORE eco-friendly stories to share, so please submit a short paragraph description
with picture of your green efforts to: Monique Faison Ross Chairperson, Green Team
Gardening Committee in search of volunteers
No experience or green thumb needed!
As the weather warms up, the Gardening Committee will spring into action to weed, fertilize, mulch, and plant the flower beds at The Emanuel, and your help is needed! Volunteer to water once a week or join committee members who meet regularly on Tuesday mornings 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. There are also opportunities to help on “Gardening Sundays” – look for announcements in the synagogue e-blasts.
Please contact Arlan Lieblick at [email protected] and include the subject line “Gardening” to volunteer.