Waste Not

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

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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 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.

(2) A, August 8, 2010 9:20 PM

ay... good message

this video does not even begin to scratch the scratch on the surface of the waste that goes on wether it's water, unnecessary driving, disposable cups/plates/cutlery, disposable pans or just plain Time! we need to advertise in detail on the street billboards against waist in the frum communities - it's overwhelming! and the time 'spent' (or wasted?) on cell phones all day long especially when driving... it IS against the law! our mothers did not have cell phones; neither did I when I became a mother (I refused to own one) who needs computers or t.v.'s at home for the kids to be distracted from the parents when the new generation of kids don't have mothers/fathers spending time with the kids because they're on the phones!

(1) Harry Pearle, August 8, 2010 5:40 PM


Dear Lori, Thanks for the waste not comment. But I think our greatest resourse is TIME. Of course we waste time, but from time to time, we can choose not to waste some time. In fact, on one recent Shabbos, I saw WASTE NOT on a license plate. But later, I forgot this saying. So, I went back through my notes, until I found it. Here I found a great idea, and I was throwing it away. And I want to thank you for reminding be about it, gain. Everyone moment we have is precious. Waste not, want not. MUCH THANKS / Harry@RochesterNY


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