click here to jump to start of article
Join Our Newsletter

Get latest articles and videos with Jewish inspiration and insights​




Waste Not

An extended blackout taught our family an important lesson about conservation.

You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video.

Click here if you are unable to view this video.

Published: August 7, 2010


Give Tzedakah! Help Aish.com create inspiring
articles, videos and blogs featuring timeless Jewish wisdom.

Visitor Comments: 7

(7) SusanE, August 12, 2010 6:23 PM

Stop Consuming in Excess. Earth Has Limits

I agree with both of Tova Saul's posts. Thank you.

(6) Dvirah, August 12, 2010 2:23 PM

Reversing Waste

Recycling - especially of "one-use" products - would also be a way of reducing waste. The used products are returned to the status of raw material and reused. Incidentally, this concept should be applied in industry. Often one industry's waste product is another's raw material. Rather than keep pulling such materials out of the earth, each company could exhange or sell (at minimum price, since they produce the stuff anyway) their waste to the others. This would solve the problem of disposing of the waste and also ensure a supply of cheap raw material for each company.

(5) Tova Saul, August 11, 2010 8:48 AM

PS

PS Not letting water run unnecessarily, tearing off a leaf, and dismantling a styrofoam cup are all small fry. The real problem facing non-human life on earth is rapidly exploding populations crowding out habitats/ecosystems. There is no such thing as sustainable development. What is needed is sustainable retreat. Whoever has grandchildren, or who plans to have them--------ask yourself if they have the right to live on a living planet that Hashem created, or if they will prefer to live in a world that consists only of people, cities, farms, domesticated animals, urban wildlife (sparrows, pigeons, rats, mice, roaches, lice, fleas.....).. And why should a person be using a styrofoam cup anyway?

(4) Anonymous, August 10, 2010 9:55 PM

thank you so much for this much needed message. ive always been a big believer in not wasting water, electricity and food, but i never realized that pulling a leaf off a tree or similar actions are just as wasteful. thank you for helping me become aware of this.

(3) Tova Saul, August 10, 2010 5:39 PM

Nice start

Nice start to the need for much more attention to conservation. Jewish environmentalism is falling very short of recognizing that we have actually reached the tipping point for our planet-----we are standing on the precipice of a human-caused mass extinction of most species of wildlife------and no one cares.

See All Comments

Submit Your Comment:

  • Display my name?

  • Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.


  • * required field 2000
Submit Comment
stub
Sign up today!