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Lenten Carbon Fast 2020 ~ 6th Thursday

Eliminate single use plastics ~ when out to eat, request no straw

For those of you on our journey this year, recall our 2nd Wednesday action step. This was day of the typo in the calendar calling us again to “Start a meat-free Monday”. Deciding to go all-in Wednesday as well, this has become a vegan day for me along the path. That very first day I did go out to lunch…but this lunch became some much more than making a request for no straw.

My original intention was to grab carryout but knowing how the food would be packaged, I decided to eat-in. Fortunately prior to placing the order, I realized that I would likely not eat the full portion and not wanting the food to be wasted, I would end up leaving with food in a box after all.

Instead, I ordered my vegan meal as a small portion. It was delivered on a plate, silverware and a paper napkin. 

1 Samuel 16:11-13 


1Samuel 16

11Then Samuel asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” Jesse replied, “There is still the youngest, but he is tending the sheep.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Send for him; we will not sit down to eat until he arrives here.” 12Jesse had the young man brought to them. He was ruddy, a youth with beautiful eyes, and good looking. The LORD said: There—anoint him, for this is the one! 13Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand, anointed him in the midst of his brothers, and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David. Then Samuel set out for Ramah.

Philippians 1:1-11 


Philippians 1

1Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the holy ones in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the overseers and ministers: 2grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.3I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, 4praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, 5because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. 6I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. 7It is right that I should think this way about all of you, because I hold you in my heart, you who are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, 10to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

Psalm 31:9-16 


Psalms 31

9You will not abandon me into enemy hands,but will set my feet in a free and open space.10Be gracious to me, LORD, for I am in distress;affliction is wearing down my eyes,my throat and my insides.11My life is worn out by sorrow,and my years by sighing.My strength fails in my affliction;my bones are wearing down.12To all my foes I am a thing of scorn,and especially to my neighborsa horror to my friends.When they see me in public,they quickly shy away.13I am forgotten, out of mind like the dead;I am like a worn-out tool.14I hear the whispers of the crowd;terrors are all around me.They conspire together against me;they plot to take my life.15But I trust in you, LORD;I say, “You are my God.”16My destiny is in your hands;rescue me from my enemies,from the hands of my pursuers.


Straws along with plastic-ware, shopping bags and plastic water bottles are the epitome of single use plastics.

This 2018 report on plastics from the United Nations Environmental Program is full of useful information covering both the history and current use of plastics in our lives and looks to be a fantastic resource for anyone committed to changing our world-view on the practical uses of plastics.

Today’s photo courtesy of Monika Grabkowska on Unsplash

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