Do You Live Sustainably? #BetterTogether

Happy Holidays to you!  Remember last week I talked about Unilever and their Cross Off Hunger campaign. Unilever is committed to helping donate more than two million meals to families in need with the Feeding America campaign.  I shared with you the cross off hunger initiative. This is where you can locate food banks in your area. The top items needed at each food bank and a checklist. Learning is the first step. For each section you complete, you’ll earn a “hunger badge,” and learn how you can make a difference in your community and beyond.

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan  is an amazing operation on becoming a sustainable society. 

 In November 2010, we set out the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, committing to a ten year journey towards sustainable growth. What makes our Plan different is that it applies right across the value chain. We are taking responsibility not just for our own direct operations but for our suppliers, distributors and - crucially - for how our consumers use our brands. Underpinning the Plan are over 50 targets. Here we report on our progress in the first year of the Plan. 

  We do a lot of giving to our local food shelf, my plan was to pick up some Unilever products and donate this weekend. While I was making my list for stocking stuffers and food items  I realized they were Unilever products I was writing down.

Look at all these brands.  My pantry is already stocked with them.  We moved on the farm to live a more sustainable life.  It is small steps to create the kind of life I envisioned.  So I decided to purchase the products that usually go in the stocking stuffers and give them to my kids and do a little gift giving to a few less fortunate that we will be seeing Christmas Day.

My goal is to teach my kids as they are opening their stockings and loving there toiletries to be aware of the Unilever Cross Off Hunger initiative.  I want my kids to learn to shop wisely.  They know we are penny conscious when we shop but now they can see a different way to shop.  The products they buy are helping others in so many ways.  Helping our mother earth.

I plan on making a vegetable dip with the Knorr vegetable dip, I am making homemade cheese curds and picked up the Ragu Marinara sauce.   I already use so many of the Unilever products already.  I am a Vaseline nut using it on my lips, hands, feet, even my hair.  The boys and my husband use AxeSkippy Ragu and Wishbone are staples in our home.  I am also a Hellman's snob.  No other dressing gets into this house. Dove has been in my kitchen and bath for years.  We also use Degree.  

 I bought about $50.00 worth of products.  You can see a lot of the Unilever products I found while shopping over at my Google + profile.  I am excited to educate my kids so they can educate their friends.  The 20 somethings have a lot of buying power.  I asked them to also get this out on their social networks, the power of a few can really add up.

 How do I live a sustainable life?  I Re-Use all my Hellman's jars for pickling and boy oh boy do I have a ton.  I recycle and re-purpose everything I possibly can.

I decided to make a couple simple pots with my Country Crock Shedd Spread containers.  I used the ends of green onions that I bought at a local organic shop and placed in the container.  Once you start watering, the bulb will start to grow beautiful edible greenery in the middle of winter.  They grow fast too.  The smell of the fresh green onion is so aromatic!  See even the little barn cat is getting into it.

 What do you re-purpose in your daily routine?  You can do simple little things that make such a difference like above or you can create many things with your imagination and a simple used bottle.

Check out the  Feeding America Campaign
You can also connect with Unilever on Facebook and Twitter

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

April DecheineAbout April Decheine

April ran away from Suburbia to live life more sustainably with her husband. The kids are all grown but return quite often. She is a little city mixed in with Martha Stewart like smarts. She is an ex IT downsized Corporate gal. Follow her as she learns all the Green Acres chores on her 40 acre farm while introducing her readers to products she believes in.


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