Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan #BetterTogether #CBias

I recently talked about Unilever and their Cross Off Hunger campaign (for a reminder, click here). This is one campaign I support 100%! Upon further investigation, I realized my home has Unilever products everywhere. I wanted to break down what I use regularly and WHY I use/choose these products.

Dove soaps and deodorant are always in my bathroom. I have sensitive skin and these products work well for me. In addition, I love the Dove Self Esteem campaign for young girls! I had low self esteem growing up and could have benefited from this campaign.

When purchasing ice cream, Breyers All Natural varieties is what I reach for. I love their flavors and options for less fat, fewer calories without sacrificing flavor, fat free and no sugar added.

When it comes to kid’s bath products, I reach for Suave Kid’s. Not only is the Purely Awesome collection safe and gentle for my child (hypoallergenic, tear-free and ophthalmologist tested) but comes packaged in 25% post-consumer recycled packaging. Safe for my son and better for the environment! This shopping trip, I grabbed some shampoo and conditioner for myself. I was impressed to see many of their hair care products were compared to Aveda, so I am anxious to try.

Q-tips is the only brand I purchase. Not only do I use them for cleaning ears, but also for applying makeup, creams and cleaning small areas (faucets, baseboards, etc.). I even used q-tips for touch up painting (not joking). I have used this brand for 30+ years, so it’s one I know and trust.

Bertolli olive oil and organic, all natural sauces are always in my pantry. I love the quality, price and taste. Also, the sauce containers can be cleaned and reused for storage. I actually save my jars so my mom can re-use them when she cans foods from her garden.

Popsicle brand is always in our freezer. Living in Florida, there is no better way to cool off. They come in a variety of colors, textures and flavors. Also, Popsicles are great when my little guy has a sore throat (especially the sugar free variety so he does not get a sugar high).

Skippy Natural Creamy peanut butter is what I prefer for making PBJ’s! It tastes great, is a healthy fat and a source of Vitamin E. Plus, most of the peanuts used to make Skippy are grown in Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma. The container states it is “proudly made in Arkansas”.

Lipton tea is made from real tea leaves and many Lipton teas contain tea flavonoids. Flavonoids are dietary compounds that contribute significantly to taste and color, and possibly help maintain certain normal, healthy body functions (healthy heart functions). Heart disease runs in my family, so I want to be heart healthy. Lipton is committed to sustainable tea farming practices and sources all of its tea in teabags from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ estates.

While shopping, I decided to try a few additional Unilever products since I believe in their campaigns. I grabbed Hellmann’s with Olive Oil mayonaise (to make some turkey salad with Thanksgiving left overs). Hellmann’s uses high-quality ingredients like eggs, oil, and vinegar for a rich, creamy taste. Also, Hellmann’s is on a mission to use 100% certified cage-free eggs in everything they make.

I also grabbed a bottle of Wish Bone Ranch dressing because honestly, I liked the fact the bottle was made with 20% less plastic and the fact is is made with nutritious oils that help better absorb the antioxidants vitamins A & E from salad. It is naturally rich in Omega 3 ALA and contains no high fructose corn syrup.

Good Humor ice cream bars, now those bring back memories. I love their company history and their treats are reminiscent of the good things in life! I spotted Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cup ice cream and literally could not walk away. My weakness is chocolate and peanut butter and to see a frozen version, I was beyond curious to try! So, one box jumped into my cart for weak moments.

Lastly, I purchased a purse size container of Vaseline Cocoa Butter lip therapy. I have dry skin (including lips) so Vaseline helps keep my skin healthy.

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Obviously, Unilever’s brands are committed to sustainable living (environmentsal well-being, health and well-being and enhancing livelihoods). For me, I support these causes by purchasing Unilever brands. In addition, the following are small, simple, everyday actions I practice  to live more sustainably. While these may seem small, if everyone pitches in we can make a BIG difference.

  • Turn the water off while brushing teeth and lathering hair while showering.
  • Recycle!
  • Repurpose Country Crock (butter) containers/crocks for planting flowers and herbs OR as storage containers. They stack nicely and are compact.
  • Repurpose glass jars (like Bertolli sauce jars)! These are perfect for canning vegetables. My mother uses them to can green beans harvested from her garden.
  • Purchase products from companies committed to making a difference such as Unilever.
You can learn more by visiting the Making Life Better Site and the Making Life Better Facebook page.

As for healthy living, I run 20 – 25 miles each week to stay active and eat well balanced meals. Last weekend, I completed my first half marathon and placed third in my age group! I keep processed foods at a minimal and cook with whole foods as much as possible. I also enjoy making meals colorful by using a variety of fruits and vegetables for vitamins and health benefits.

Bottom line is, even small steps make a difference! For more ideas, visit the Making Life Better Site,Unilever website and Feeding America CampaignTwitter and Facebook.


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