Small Steps to Sustainable Living | #BetterTogether

Cross Off Hunger| Feeding America| Making Life Better| Sustainability| Unilever

Earlier this month I talked about how I am supporting Unilever’s goal to donate two million meals to families in need through Feeding America.

Unilever’s Mission to feed the hungry

“Unilever is committed to donating more than two million meals to families in need with Feeding America and every item on your shopping list counts.

Show your support by adding Unilever brands to your cart next time you shop. Together we can help to Cross Off Hunger“.

It was so easy to get involved since several Unilever products are ones that I buy anyway.  I like the fact that every dollar I spend on Unilever products helps to support this effort.

In addition to feeding families in need, Unilever has several plans for global sustainability.

What is Sustainability?

According to the United Nations Commission on Environment and Development, sustainable development “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

If you missed this in my first post, go check out some examples of how Unilever is helping in the effort. You can also learn even more here about Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan.

How I’m Helping

Since I know that every dollar I spend on Unilever products goes to help feed families, the quickest way to get involved is to buy more Unilever products.

I went and bought $50 worth of Unilever products at Walmart with the intent on choosing products that directly contributed to the Unilever Sustainable Living plan but that also would help be more sustainable at home. Visit my Google+ photo album to see behind the scenes images of my shopping trip.

What I bought and Why

  • Bertolli Olive Oil – Using it in place of unsaturated fat products like vegetable oil and margarine contribute to better health.
  • Suave anti-antiperspirant – Provides the dryness and freshness I need to feel confident for the entire day.
  • Dove bath soap – Leaves me feeling clean and fresh but not dry or sticky.
  • Lipton Pyramid Tea – A caffeine free option for warm beverages on cold mornings.
  • Lipton Pitcher Packets – My low calorie, healthy, sweet beverage.

Each of these products I purchased represent good health and well being in my home.

How I Incorporate Sustainable Living in my Life

One of the ways I incorporate sustainable living in my life is by re-purposing items.

To re-purpose I look beyond an items primary use and picture it being used in a totally different way. For example I re-use styrofoam containers for gardening and hangers in the kitchen.

Anything can serve a different purpose and by re-using non bio-degrable items, we keep them out of  the landfill. Here’s a simple idea for re-using peanut butter containers.

Unilever’s Skippy Peanut Butter containers

Use empty Skippy containers to store, buttons, screws and even kids crayons. Younger children often have a hard time keeping their crayons in the box.

Cross Off Hunger| Feeding America| Making Life Better| Sustainability| Unilever

They also struggle with getting them all lined up in the box once they are done coloring and Skippy jars are the perfect size for little hands.

Other Ways I Incorporate Sustainable Living

Here are 4 ways you can get involved

1. Visit the Making Life Better Facebook page to interact and learn more about all of the sustainability efforts.

2. Use the interactive app on the Unilever Making Life Better Facebook page and earn a “Hunger Badge” for each section you complete.

3. Support Unilever’s global sustainability efforts by making an intentional decision to choose Unilever products.

4. Get involved with the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #BetterTogether in your tweets.

5. Do at least on thing that will either help someone or the environment.

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. All opinions expressed are my own and I only promote campaigns that support the mission of AProverbsWife.com. To learn more about how I choose which companies to partner with please see my disclosure.

I learned a lot about sustainability this month and have a renewed sense of awareness to continue doing more for those who don’t have it as easy as I do.

All of this research reinforces my desire to be a good steward of what God has given me.

If you have questions about how you can get involved let’s talk about it. Leave a comment below.

Comments

  1. says

    Thank you for all of the great tips. I often forget that there are lots of ways to have a sustainable home, and you have certainly reminded me in this post!

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    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    @Brandi,
    Great Brandi. Do you have a favorite Unilever product? If so, consider adding it to your list on your next shopping trip. I suggest Breyer’s or Magnum ice-cream for Ayva 🙂

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