Toolshed: How to Get Rid of Your Household Hazards

Blue container marked hazardous.

By Kendra Landon JuskusFlourish, Fall 2011 The dead batteries you just removed from that flashlight. The nail polish color you’re over. The old oil from your car’s engine. Those cans of paint with just a little bit left at the bottom.I know … [Read more...]

Four Friends Start a Home-Grown Recycling Program and Inspire a Town

Whoever said one person can't make an impact for the good on the world never heard of Grace McWilliams and her three friends. Determined to clean up her town McWilliams rounded up a team of friends and started a free recycling pick up service for … [Read more...]

Year End Creation Care Ideas from the Flourish Archives

By Andy Patton [Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] 2010 has come and (almost) gone so we here at Flourish are taking a retrospective look back into … [Read more...]

What Goes Around Comes Around: The Other Half of the Recycling Equation

Shredded paper.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Psst. Here’s a secret: Recycling paper is worthless if we don’t use recycled paper. … [Read more...]

How to Start Recycling at Church

Public use recycling bin.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] The new “Three R’s,” as we well know, are Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The “R’s” come in that … [Read more...]

Trash Your Cell Phone for Good

Pile of cell phones

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] The frequent cell phone upgrades that come with most phone plans keep us up-to-date with cell phone technology … [Read more...]

Don’t Throw it Out! Give Old Books New Life With a Book Donation Day

Pile of books

Children grow up, parents downsize, moves happen, and before you know it, that comprehensive collection of Berenstein Bears books no longer has a place in your home. But 100-plus books seems like an awful lot of paper (and good reading material) to … [Read more...]

Extending the Front Porch: How to Host a Church E-Waste Collection Event

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] It’s exciting to dream of our churches being, like traditional front porches, intermediary spaces of … [Read more...]

Composting 101: Learning about God’s Original Recycling System

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] A compost system is essential for your sustainable yard, one which produces little waste and requires few inputs from outside.  It … [Read more...]

Is Recycling Enough?

By Jonathan Merritt Holidays at the Merritt household would make Henry Ford proud. Every occasion from Independence Day to Christmas manifests itself in the same structure: a winding assembly line of food. This Thanksgiving was no different. My … [Read more...]