By Hui Jun
During DMM this year, we had a workshop conducted by our very own church staff, Chanice, about her journey to eco-friendliness. At a young age, she was influenced by her mother, the eco warrior. When the season came, her mother, who loves durian, would buy durian in a cooking pot, and it would be the only dish with rice on the dining table.
At the office, Chanice attempts to encourage her colleagues to be more eco-friendly. She prepared a container for us to place rough paper to be reused, placed recycle bins at the pantry, and positioned a box beside the paper cutting machine for the paper remnants. Her efforts came with challenges – constant reminders and education on recyclable and non-recyclable items. Over the years, she has seen improvements in her colleagues’ recycling habits. Great job, PJEFC pastors and staff!
What about PJEFC? How can PJEFC become more eco-friendly? Debbie, a church member, shared that tiny steps were taken to cultivate eco-friendliness over the years. During kopitiam, the plastic-packaged biscuits were exchanged for tin-packaged biscuits which are refillable. At a carnival in 2019, a “washing team” was formed to wash the dirty plates and utensils. After all, big changes start with small steps.
When asked how PJEFC can become more eco-friendly, these were some of the proposals given by the participants:
- Use soap nuts for washing during kopitiam,
- Digitalise visitor’s welcome card, and
- Bring your own cup to meet-ups.
As a result of the workshop, the Refiller Mobile Van (RMV) came our way on 10 December.
What is Refiller Mobile? It is a mobile refiller business that offers eco-friendly household cleaning agents, dry nuts, dry fruits, sunscreen and other alternative products. Their aim is to reduce single-use plastic, be kind to our environment and preserve a healthy planet for the benefit of its flora and fauna and our next generation.
It was the first time that PJEFC invited RMV. While there were a few who were familiar with the buying process, most were curious with how it worked. Refilling is as simple as 1-2-3.
- RINSE and DRY your bottles, and label them for a refill
- REUSE the bottles you already have at home and bring them to PJEFC
- REFILL with RMV
Hence, when you see or hear the announcement that RMV is coming to PJEFC next year, join us on this journey of Creation Care.
💚 Consider taking one step towards making green changes in your home or workplace.
♻️ Learn / Teach others about Creation Care.
🗓️ Stay tuned for RMV’s next visit to PJEFC.