By now most of you should be familiar with the the three eco r's.
Well I forgot one (the first) and had to look it up! Anyway here they are.
1. Reduce: Simple, use less stuff. Turn of your taps when you brush your teeth, flush your toilet less, turn off lights when you are not using them and DON'T leave all those electric items on stand-by like TV's and DVD players that you ONLY use to watch good wholesome Islamic programs. Turn them off at the plug! Borrow stuff instead of buying it. Read the news on-line rather than buying a paper, print less. Drive less, walk and use public transport more. You get the idea!
2. Reuse: Get a big bad from Lidle for your shopping and take that instead of using endless plastic bags. If you do get plastic bags, use them again when you go shopping (Tesco's even gives your more points on your reward card) or use them as bin liners instead of buying bin liners! Got old stuff? Don't chuck it, ebay it, or try gumtree or kijiji where you can sell it or just give it away, or donate it to charity (although as a Muslim you should give your best in charity, not stuff that you wouldn't take yourself! Still, it's better than waste!) Also get a compost bin. All those scraps of food, onion, fruit and veg peelings can be fed to it to make some nice rich compost for your garden. About 35% of household waste is compostable. Then you can grow something and follow the Prophet's (saws) advice to plant something, even if you know there is one day left for the world to end! Every creature that eats and benefits from what you have planted will earn rewards for you to reap on the day you meet your Lord, and you know you'll need all the hasanaat you can get!
3. Recycle: You all know about that. You do, of course, RELIGIOUSLY recycle every can you can, and bottle and bits of paper..at a bare minimum the stuff they actually collect outside your door! You'd be amazed at the extent of stuff that can actually be recycled. For example printer cartridges! Staple store's have containers for that. Some recycled facts: For every ton of paper you recycle 17 trees are saved! Recycling a ton of plastic can save upto 2,000 gallons of gasoline!
Here is another enviro-fact. If every person in the UK recycled just one item of clothing each year the amount of processing water saved would fill an average reservoir, according to Mike Stables, who when Britain's last Clarks factory closed down he got hold of the company's canvas shoe making equipment, hired some of the ex-workers and set up recycleyourjeans.com.
Now one of the very sad but inevitable things in this teporary life is having to say goodbye to those nicley worn oh so comfortable jeans. Now we know that the Prophet (saws) said that old clothes are part of faith, but jeans that are so ripped that they don't cover your awrah properly just have to go. But where to! Well, now you can send in your old jeans and for forty five squid they will be transformed into a pair of Kalahari sandals! Mashallah, I love it. The web-site refers to the founder as an eco-warrior, so you could do a bit of eco-jihad and get a pair made up! My sandles are well worn out, and I'm due for a new pair. There's just one problem though, they only do women's sizes at present. Anyway I think I already recycled my old jeans :)