I am all for teaching others about sustainable living. There are so many things each of us can do every day that all add up to large actions. When I first was introduced to Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, I was rather delighted to learn of such a large company making the transition to offer products that are sustainably sourced and working to reduce their footprint by half as a company. That is a huge impact! In November 2010, they laid down a plan committing to a ten-year journey towards sustainable growth.
Last week I shared more about Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan but it involves more than just the environmental well-being, but also addresses health and well-being and enhancing livelihoods. Living sustainably intertwines all we do in life.
Little Actions Make Large Impacts
Hygiene is so important, but equally is having clean water to start with. As a precious resource, we are teaching our children the importance to conserve water while brushing our teeth, washing our hands, flushing our toilets, even making rain barrels to conserve rain water to use in gardening.
While on vacation over the summer, I was so proud when my 4-year old asked me, “Mommy where is the recycle container?” He knows what types of products we regularly recycle at home. Recycling is so important on the environment, but even recycling takes energy and has an impact. Why not first consider if you can reuse or re-purpose an item first. We use our glass Bertolli jars to hold bulk dry goods (they are holding powdered milk and baking powder right now!)
There are so many craft projects you could use them for, why not try to make this twig candle holder from one or even a snow globe? We have several in our craft container holding loose supplies, buttons, ribbons, you name it!
If you purchase products in plastic containers or tubs, why not hang onto those and use them to start your seedlings in early spring? With a few splits made on the bottom they work so well as can be used over and over again.
Though we may consider our changes as small, if we all made just one change, the outcome would be phenomenal.
Our family strives to purchase as many natural and organic products that are sustainably sourced as we can. Eating organic products are not just better for us physically but have a hand in improving the conditions of the earth with less chemicals and pesticide usage, Making Life Better.
As consumers, when we make purchases, we are supporting a company and their ethics. When we reach out and make purchases from companies that are striving to be sustainable, we show them it is important to us as well.
Unilever is striving as part of its Sustainable Living Plan to source more of its products sustainably. When I visited their site, I was actually quite surprised and also delighted to see that they are ranking their progress openly, even giving themselves a negative mark in some areas where they are not hitting the mark.
As a part of their campaign to Cross Off Hunger, Unilever is a proud supporter of Feeding America(R), the nation’s largest organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of food banks. $1 donated equals 8 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local food banks. Unilever will donate $250,000, that is the monetary equivalent of a minimum of 2 million meals will be donated.
While most of us can not donate much, it is a great feeling to be able to give to others, even in small ways. Our local food bank is always in need but rather than giving to the food bank directly, we decided to head to the store to purchase for a specific elderly family we know. You can see my full shopping experience in my #BetterTogether Google+ album.
I am always looking for ways to get the children involved and thinking about giving to others so this was a great chance for us to do just that. We picked up our favorite product from the Unilever family, Bertolli Organic pasta sauce and then selected other products that we knew they would need and enjoy.
I would highly encourage you, to think how you can get involved, even in small ways. You can visit Making Life Better to learn more and get ideas of ways to get involved. You can also follow along with all their forward progress on Facebook and Twitter.