Hazon Food Audit

Hazon Food Audit
Webinar 2
• Name, your institution
• How is your project going?
• What did you find when you took the audit
that surprised you?
A few reminders for
working with your team:
Set meeting dates for the next 6-12 months
Be clear about your goals and expectations
Strive for diversity
Make it fun!
Linking Our Environmental Values to
Jewish Holidays
Shlomo Carlebach
Symbolic Foods
Kids and Families
Special occasions express our values
Resources for Hanukah
• Green your Hanukkah decorations. Try crafting a dreidel out of
recyclable materials. Also, as a family or community activity, make
your own hannukiah using recycled materials you find around your
house. Remember making an alphabet block hannukiah as a child?
Recreate the experience with your family or community, and see
how creative you can make your hannukiah!
• Buy Fair Trade chocolate. If you still want chocolate gelt, opt for
Fair Trade choices. Try making your own gelt for a fun Hanukah
• Change up your latke! Rather than buying a traditional brand of
sour cream, stock up on an all-natural or organic sour cream. More
of an applesauce fan? Make your own from apples purchased
locally or buy an organic brand.
Tu B’Shvat
• Comprehensive, pluralistic, beautiful Haggadah and Source
• Hazon’s Tu B’shvat Seder Leader’s Guide & other teaching
• Tu B’shvat cartoons
Making the Switch
Reusable Dishes
• Ceramics / glass / pottery
• Bamboo
– Available in both reusable in disposable varieties
– Wins major sustainability points because of its ability
to grow and spread quickly — in some cases three to
four feet per day, without the need for fertilizers,
pesticides or much water. A bamboo grove also
releases some 35 percent more oxygen into the air
than a similar-sized stand of trees, and it matures (and
can be replanted) within seven years (compared to 3050 years for a stand of trees).
Disposable Dishes
Compostable Products.
– According to the International Standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials,
compostable products will break down in commercial composting facilities at a specified rate
(usually 180 days or less). The catch: the composting facility is not a backyard heap, but an
industrial-size facility that your city may or may not have.
– Add an extra bin labeled ‘compostable’ and set up a committee to help get the materials to
the compost.
Biodegradable Products.
Recycled Products.
– Look for the phrase “made with recycled post-consumer waste” to indicate that the product is
made from materials already used once. However, this definition of “recycled” doesn’t mean
that the product is diverting material that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
Corn-Based Products.
– Some new companies are making disposable dishes from corn that breakdown in landfills
much faster than plastic (which never actually fully disappears).
– Some of these products are heat sensitive, so be careful if you’re serving soup or hot coffee!
– Corn-based products are an interesting development, but corn production in the US is one of
the most environmentally-damaging processes of conventional agriculture. The processing
required to turn the corn into plastic is also energy intensive.
No Styrofoam! Really!
Getting Started
Cloth napkins
Finger food
Serving dishes
Education- Plastiki www.theplastiki.com/plasticsissues/
Next Webinar
• Tuesday, February 7, 3-4pm EST.
– Report on progress
– Sustaining momentum: ways to involve the
community & re-inspire key volunteers
– Learning: Planning a Garden

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