First Parish Green Commitment

As a Green Sanctuary-accredited congregation, First Parish has made a commitment to respect and care for our planet Earth.

At First Parish coffee hours and events, we use

  • cloth napkins
  • fairly traded organic coffee and tea
  • real dishware
  • real silverware

In our kitchen, we use

  • non-toxic, responsibly sourced cleaning products
  • chlorine-free, plant-based dish detergents
  • eco-friendly hand soap

In our restrooms, we use

  • essential oil-based air freshener
  • reusable cloth towels
  • eco-friendly hand soap
  • paper products made from 100% recycled paper

In our sanctuary, we use

  • programmable thermostat
  • projection of service components (music, readings, graphics) to reduce paper and printing

Throughout the church, we use

  • green (solar) electricity
  • energy efficient light bulbs
  • eco-friendly cleaning products
  • practices that reduce waste of resources (natural light, use of both sides of paper, water conservation)

First Parish recycles paper, cardboard, and Styrofoam and hosts a community-wide metal recycling drive annually.

We encourage individual members to support these practices in church and to strive to incorporate them into daily life.

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