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Let's Go Green!

The Jewish Chronicle gave FOUR PAGES to covering Green Shabbat, including young NNLS member Jodi Coffman's perspective on the climate crisis and a piece by one of Eco Synagogue's founders (and NNLS member), Dr Laura Miller. 

Read on for top tips from Jodi Coffman, eco warrier and student, and scroll down for details of Eco Synagogue event on 9th July at Muswell Hill Synagogue.

How to live a more waste-free life

Every single day, 3.5 million tonnes of plastic and waste are generated in the world which is an astonishing amount. Not only does this threaten wildlife and deplete crucial resources, it is also entirely unnecessary. In honour of plastic-free July here are my top tips for living a more waste-free life. These are all surprisingly easy so I encourage you to try and adopt at least some of these ideas and start to form new waste-free habits:

1. Buy a reusable water bottle/bring your own coffee cup

For less than £10 you can buy a water bottle to refill rather than constantly buying and throwing away plastic bottles. Not only does this reduce waste, it will also save you money. Chilly's bottles are my favourite brand. A little more expensive but the bottles keep drinks cold or hot for 24 hours. Many coffee shops now charge an additional amount for their paper cups. Bringing your own cup saves money as well as waste.

2. Always keep a spare bag with you

Over the last couple of years, supermarkets have started charging for plastic bags which has been effective in reducing plastic use. Most people do try to take their own bags when they go shopping however I implore you to keep a spare bag in your pocket so you are never caught out. These foldable bags are great as they take up no room at all so there is no excuse!

3. Buy plastic free fruit and veg

If you can, buy from local markets/health stores which often don’t sell fresh fruit/veg in unnecessary plastic. However, larger supermarkets now have a wide choice of non-packaged fruit/veg and offer paper rather than plastic bags.

4. Stop buying clingfilm!

Invest in reusable beeswax food coverings which are long-lasting and work just as well as clingfilm does-without the waste! For a cheaper alternative you can buy reusable plastic coverings such as ‘Plastic Mate’ from most supermarkets.

5. Bulk buy

Items such as coffee, rice and pasta can be bought in large bags so if you are unable to visit stores which allow you to bring your own containers, this is a good alternative as you significantly cut down your plastic waste. Also consider what you can do to reuse this packaging such as by turning it into pencil pots, makeup brush pots and flower pots. You can also use old jars to store leftover food.

6. Bring your own containers/cutlery for lunch

Instead of taking the free plastic cutlery, invest in a reusable set such as this one. An increasing number of cafés/stalls will also let you bring your own reusable container instead of using their plastic containers.

7. Reduce food waste

There is plenty you can do to reduce food waste including freezing leftovers, making leftovers into soups/stews/sauces, feeding it to your pets or composting.

8. Use bar shampoo and soap

These can be bought in most supermarkets and last for months so are economical as well as environmentally friendly.

Greening Your Shul Land

Tuesday 9th July at 7.30-9.30pm
Hosted by Rabbi David Mason and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
at Muswell Hill Synagogue, 31 Tetherdown, N10 1ND.

Topics will include: 
  • progress by synagogues on becoming sustainable;
  • creating a 'Policy Pool' – bring along your policies on how your synagogue is going green to share, and afterwards be uploaded to the Eco Synagogue website. 
  • talks by Mathew Frith of London Wildlife Trust and Linda Stone from Kingston Liberal Synagogue;
  • presentations of Bronze Eco Synagogue certificates to both St Albans Masorti and Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogues.
Click here to register.


Sun, 21 July 2019 18 Tammuz 5779