Sustainable Living means to live in a way that attempts to lesson your use of natural resources by responsible management; otherwise known as reducing your carbon footprint. Ways my family incorporates sustainable living into our lives is by:
- Purchasing seasonable fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets which also supports the local economy.
- We have a small garden and five fruit trees.
- Our appliances are also energy efficient, which also reduces your electric bills!
- My husband came up with a way we could lesson our water bill by putting 1/2 gallon water containers into the tank bank of the toilet.
- We teach our kids in the small ways that they can help: turning off the water when brushing their teeth or watching how much water is used for baths/showers.
There isn’t any real big trick to sustainable living. It is just the small things that you do that also help reduce your bills, invites you to purchase healthy food for your family and be mindful of the impact you are making on your life and community. As purchasing from a Farmer’s Market is a form of sustainable living due to the fact that it reduces the waste of long-distance food transportation and stimulates local economies, so is purchasing products from companies that support and donate towards sustainable living causes and/or use ethical and ecological means to make their packaging and products.
This is why I support Unilever and their brands, because they have a sustainable living plan to reduce their environmental impact, improve the health & well-being of its consumers and to enhance their livelihoods. You can read more about why I feel it is important from my first post.
The project I am currently working on with them, Cross Off Hunger #BetterTogether, is only one part of their entire Making Life Better plan. Just as the day I went to drop off my donations to the St. Louis Food Bank was only one small moment in all that we’ve done this year to support families in need.
Unilever brands are brands that we use everyday; brands that have products that are needed by local Food Banks, from packaged goods to personal items. I made a list the day I went to purchase products for our local Food Bank, of the needs of the bank in addition to the brands that would meet those needs. I know it’s pretty much only legible to me! I have the worst handwriting.
I then went off to Walmart. I was provided with $50 to spend on Unilever brands to donate, however, I decided to do a little more than that. You can read about my shopping trip on my Google + Story.
I had decided before I got there that my main focus would be on personal products because I had NO idea you could donate personal products to Food Bank and I figured a lot of other people hadn’t either.
The personal items I picked up were:
- TRESemme Shampoo & Conditioner
- Dove & Dove Men’s Bar Soaps
- AXE Holiday Pack
- Vaseline Lotion & Lotion for Men
- Clear Shampoo for Men
The food items I picked up were:
- 2 jars of Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
- 2 big plastic bottles of Ragu
- 2 Extra Noodle Lipton Soups
- Beef & Onion Lipton Soup Mixes
- 2 containers of Lipton Instant Iced Tea
It was important to me to involve my children in the process of collecting goods for the Food Bank. My teen and tot had helped me put a box together of items we could give away. One really special moment was when I was going through the hallway closet and I had found a box of toothpastes that my son isn’t able to use yet (it has fluoride). In the box there were almost 2 dozen toothpaste tubes that we had gotten as a contribution from a review and my little angel just picks up the box I had put on the floor and carries it into the kitchen where the Food Bank donation box was.
Children have such big hearts and allowing them to be a part of the process of helping others in need is a beautiful way to nurture that compassion.
I was very proud of him and my teen who was at school on the afternoon we dropped everything off. My youngest hasn’t ever had to deal with hardships and struggle, but my teen remembers the more difficult times we had on our own. He grew up with the deeper understanding of what it meant to have nothing, what it meant to not have a home at times and what we had to go through to get help; because of this, the moments we are able to give back are important for both of us. It is our way of saying ‘Thank you’ to those that took the time to help us.
You can help in Making Life Better for the people in your communities and abroad by simply purchasing a few extra products while out shopping for the Holidays or for this weeks groceries. Take the time to involve your children and teach them how we can be #BetterTogether. I truly believe that even the smallest things we do in life with the goodness of our hearts make enormous ripples in the lives of others. My Mother taught me when I was young to always give what you have in abundance, it need not be money, it could be something as precious as a few moments of your time and a couple bars of soap.
I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Unilever #CBias #SocialFabric The opinions in this post are 100% my own.