Lately, I feel like my green factor has been fading a little. What with non-stop work and preparing for baby and being just. so. tired. all the time, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to cook from scratch every day and make my own beauty products and research the heck out of everything I buy before I decide where my dollars will land.
It’s kind of exhausting, but it’s important. Can anyone out there relate?
But it’s a huge relief to know that there are some companies out there that are doing some of the work for me. I found some great online retailers where I can buy clothes and toys and know that their vetting process has already done the heavy lifting for me. And now, I know that when I need groceries, I can turn to Unilever products and trust that my purchase will not only be great for my family, but others as well.
Since one in six Americans doesn’t know where their next meal will come from, Unilever has partnered with FeedingAmerica.org, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, for their Cross Off Hunger campaign. Their goal is to donate over TWO MILLION meals!
“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.” ~Unilever
Who is Unilever?
Unilever’s family of brands included many household staples that you already know, like Skippy, Hellmann’s, Dove, Knorr, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli and more. The Unilever products my family turns to weekly are Bertolli olive oil, Bertolli organic pasta sauce, those big safety Q-Tips, Hellman’s mayonnaise, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (yeah, twist my arm! haha.)
Since impact and sustainability don’t end at the point of purchase, we work these products into our overall goal of leading a more eco-friendly, healthy and impact-conscious lifestyle.
Did you know that adding olive oil to roasted sweet potatoes helps make the massive amount of nutrients in them more bioavailable?
We’ll also be using our Bertolli jars to make holiday art projects this year. Stay tuned for a post – coming soon!
We use Bertolli sauce as a topping over the veggies from our garden that we freeze throughout the growing season. Bulking it up with veggies and using less meat = smaller impact on the earth and your wallet!
As for the mayo, well, my husband just loves it, and I’ve been using it lately on our turkey leftovers (those sandwiches on whole wheat keep my gestational diabetes happy.)
And the Ben & Jerry’s? What really needs to be said here? My doctor said it would help with my anxiety (Ok, so maybe she said “therapy,” but a pint of Chocolate Therapy is pretty much the same thing, right? )
And, check this awesomeness: 22 of B&J flavors are 100% non-GMO and they are committed to getting all flavors there by the end of 2013. They’re also moving toward fair-trade ingredients, like chocolate and coffee. Livable wages, community action, and being overall leaders in positive social actions are also among their priorities. It’s a whole new world vision, right inside a yummy cone…and I can get behind that! (Plus, it’s so good that I can eat just a tiny bit, which the doc says is OK.)
How can you get more involved? Support Unilever! I know, many of my readers may not buy a lot of traditional grocery items, but Unilever really does have something for everyone. (Organic products, scratch ingredients, etc.) Look into donating at your local food bank: they need more than food…like soaps, shampoos and other toiletries, and Unilever offers lots of coupons. A great idea for the holiday season!
By donating locally and buying from Unilever, you’re making life better in multiple ways, and to me, that’s a pretty good use of your dollar.
Then stay tuned for my next post, featuring the ways we make Unilever products a part of our goal to sustain a more eco-friendly and socially conscious lifestyle!