At St. Andrew, we realize it’s important to act on what we believe and know about Earth care. Over the years, various committees and groups have adopted several practices that express our commitment to caring for our planet.
- uses reusable service ware for both casual and fine dining. We discourage the use of plastic wear, polystyrene, and paper products as they are non-compostable. Instead, we use washable cloth napkins, stainless steel flatware, and we enjoy our Sunday beverages served in ceramic cups. By doing so, we are reducing the amount of waste that contributes to landfills.
- strongly discourages the use of helium. A finite resource, helium is relatively rare—only 5.2 ppm by volume in the Earth’s atmosphere, and it is one of the only elements with escape velocity, meaning that once released into the atmosphere, it escapes into space. It has been known to deplete the ozone layer that protects us from radiation. When inhaled, it reduces the oxygen level causing asphyxiation that can lead to death. It is also expensive. We think it is best used for medical and industrial purposes and not for entertainment or decoration.
- encourages the use of flowers, plants, and other naturally occurring vegetation for display purposes.
- fosters composting, nature’s way of managing the decay of organic matter. Composting containers are provided in the church kitchens for collecting eggshells, coffee grounds, vegetable and fruit scraps, as well as spent flowers.
- participates in the curbside recycling program provided by the county and also recycles Styrofoam, plastic containers numbered 1-7, and plastic bags. Items not collected at curbside are hauled to a local materials recovery facility for recycling. Batteries of all types are collected from the congregation and delivered to the Metro Center, where they are properly disposed. Going beyond curbside recycling is our way of showing our deep concern and care for our Earth.