First Presbyterian Church
Is a Certified Earth Care Congregation!

To become certified as Earth Care Congregations churches take the “Earth Care Pledge” and complete activities and projects in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Thanks to the efforts of the EarthCare Team of FPC we have completed all of the requirements and have been certified as an Earth Care Congregation.

Keep reading to find out ways to restore God’s creation!

Take the Plastic-Free July Challenge!

Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste. Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?
Take the Challenge!

What Steps Can You Take?

What You Can Do: Takeaway coffee cups:
Most coffee cups aren’t recycled. By bringing your own reusable coffee cup, or taking the time to dine-in at your favorite café, you can make a huge difference.
How Can You Do It?
You can easily avoid takeaway coffee cups by bringing along your own reusable alternative. There are many reusable coffee cups available on the market. Many people chose socially and environmentally friendly reusables made of ceramic, glass, plastic or stainless steel.

What You Can Do: Fruit & vegetables:
Many grocery stores pre-package their fruit and vegetables in plastic, and offer plastic bags for loose items. There are simple alternatives to help reduce your impact on the environment.  
How Can You Do It?
Choose to refuse pre-packed fruit and vegetables. Buying plastic-wrapped or packaged fruits and vegetables can be convenient, but unfortunately it creates plastic waste. Instead, look out for loose fruit and vegetables in your local grocery store, or head to a farmers market or organic store where plastic packaging is less often used.Choose lightweight, reusable produce bags instead of the plastic bags that are usually provided. Be sure to look for ones made from recycled plastic or repurposed netting fabric.

A lot of people ask us about food storage solutions. In particular, getting rid of that pesky plastic cling wrap. A few simple solutions include: Use reusable containers, like Tupperware, to store leftovers and freeze uncooked meat. You can even freeze food in jars, as long as you don’t fill them with liquid all the way to the top. Invest in silicone bowl toppers, which come in all shapes and sizes and can cover bowls, pots, pans, cans, and more. Use beeswax wraps for transporting sandwiches and storing food. Place an upside down plate over a bowl when using the microwave.