Our Green 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.
Tea Bag Label
Don’t forget to recycle even the paper tea bag label.. just pull it off the string!
Wrap bread, cheese, vegetables, or cover a bowl! Bee’s Wrap® is the sustainable, natural alternative to plastic wrap for food storage. Use the warmth of your hands to soften the wrap, create a seal, when cool the wrap holds its shape. Reusable. 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 you may buy it directly from the company: http://www.beeswrap.com/
Green Laundry Tip
By using 100% organic hand-felted wool dryer balls, it will help soften your clothes (without the use of synthetic chemicals found in dryer sheets), decrease drying time (saving money on utility bills), reduce static and save the landfill from disposable dryer sheets. Toss 2-3 balls in at the beginning of the cycle and continue reusing for years. Tip: for a light natural scent, add a few drops of lavender, lemon or orange essential oils to the balls and toss in! Wool dryer balls purchased 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.
Trees for shade can have multiple purposes
The two trees outside of the Emanuel Synagogue office were planted about five years ago and were the size of broomsticks. The Green Team Committee had several ecological goals in mind when we planted these trees. One was to provide shade to the office, making it more comfortable while using less electricity for summer as the trees grow larger and they capture CO2/ carbon dioxide, doing a tiny bit to control global warming. Greening our environment is a clear example of Tikkun Olam, repairing the Earth and making it more beautiful.
Carolyn and Michael Levine