Click here to close now.


News Feed Item

Create a More Sustainable Household This Summer

Easy Projects and Tips to Enjoy as a Family

MISSION, KS -- (Marketwired) -- 06/06/14 -- (Family Features) Just because school is out, doesn't mean learning has to stop. The summer months are a great opportunity for families to spend time together and see firsthand that small actions to live more sustainably can together make a big impact on the future -- a concept that echoes the mission of Unilever Project Sunlight. The company behind many of the food, home and personal care products many people use every day launched Project Sunlight in 2013 to help make sustainable living commonplace.

Get your family in on the action and encourage others to adopt sustainable habits at home by trying one of the below Summer Sunlight Activities:

Go Green in Your Bathroom
Nearly 40 percent of Americans toss plastic bottles from the bathroom in the trash, not realizing that along with cardboard product packaging and toilet paper spools, many bathroom toiletry bottles -- including Dove and Suave shampoos and body washes -- are recyclable.

One Ingredient, Five Ways
Each year the world produces about 1,477 pounds of edible food for every person on the planet, but only about half of that is ever eaten. Empower the kids of the household to plan a menu for the week by thinking up five meals with one main ingredient, and teach the entire family that simple ingredients can go a long way. Challenge your children to get creative with their menu planning -- there are plenty of recipes to choose from on or for inspiration.

Transform Shampoo Bottles into Decorative Caddies
It's important to green your bathroom and recycle plastic bottles whenever possible, but there's also some fun up-cycling you can do to make use of empty plastic bottles. Turn your empty Suave or Dove bottle into a handy caddy for everything from keys to mobile phones -- a craft that's perfect for kids to create for everyone in the house.

Be Your Own Farmer's Market
Growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and positively impact the environment. Add some fresh flavor to your next family dinner by up-cycling empty containers like Hellmann's mayonnaise jars to create a garden of your favorite herbs and vegetables.

"Teaching the next generation to live sustainably is essential to ensuring our children and our children's children thrive in a world with clean water and food on the table," said Sarah Michelle Gellar, Unilever Project Sunlight Ambassador, actress and mother. "Whether it's challenging their creativity to reimagine the use of a box, turning off the faucet while they brush their teeth or growing a summer garden, we can build a world where everyone lives well -- if we all do our part."

Ready to get started? Here are the step-by-step instructions to one of the activities that will get your family on the path to a more sustainable future.

Go Green in Your Bathroom
What You'll Need:

  • Empty box (diaper boxes work well)
  • Gift wrap paper
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Packing tape
  • Trash bag

What to Do:
Step 1: Cut off flaps of box and set aside for later use.

Step 2: Measure paper needed to cover large sides and bottom of box and add two inches on each side; do same for small sides and bottom of box.

Step 3: Choose side to start working on first (large or small side), and spray adhesive on respective paper.

Step 4: Place one side of box onto sprayed paper leaving two inches on each side and top. Lay bottom and then last side, then fold two inches of extra paper into box neatly and secure with adhesive. Repeat same steps to cover other sides.

Step 5: Take both longer flaps and place them side by side (on long side). Cut enough gift wrap to cover one side leaving 1-2 inches on each of four sides. Spray paper with adhesive and place two pieces in center; fold over four sides and secure with tape. Don't worry about exposed cardboard, which won't be seen.

Step 6: Line your bin with trash bag and place wrapped longer flaps at bottom of bin (pretty side up).

Step 7: Take both shorter flaps and place one atop of other using longer side and mend the two together with packing tape to tightly secure. Cut piece of gift wrap large enough to cover two pieces leaving two inches on shorter sides, and wrap cardboard as you would a gift. Affix into bin to create divider and two compartments -- one for plastics and one for cardboard recyclables.

For instructions for all the activities to keep kids entertained all summer long, and tips to live a more sustainable lifestyle year round, visit

Smarter Green Living
There are many small changes you can make in your daily life to help build a better, more sustainable world. Check out these simple tips that can lessen your family's carbon footprint:

Save Water, Change the World: In just one year, the average family could save nearly 5,000 gallons of water and up to $150 by shortening shower time by just two minutes. The Suave Turn-Off-the-Tap program encourages everyone to also turn off the water while shampooing and conditioning, which can save an additional 3,000 gallons of water per year.

One Tote Bag Can Make a Big Impact: Carrying a tote bag to avoid the use of plastic grocery store bags while out and about can make a big difference. Less than five percent of plastic bags are recycled in the U.S. -- that's up to 95 billion bags in the trash system, where decomposition can take hundreds of years.

Love Your Leftovers: No one wants to eat the same thing over and over, which is why it's time to get creative. It's possible to transform your leftovers into a delicious new meal, cut down on waste and save money. For a leftover makeover, check out:

About Family Features Editorial Syndicate
This and other food and lifestyle content can be found at Family Features is a leading provider of free food and lifestyle content for use in print and online publications. Register with no obligation to access a variety of formatted and unformatted features, accompanying photos, and automatically updating Web content solutions.

Image Available:

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Achim Weiss is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of ProfitBricks. In 1995, he broke off his studies to co-found the web hosting company "Schlund+Partner." The company "Schlund+Partner" later became the 1&1 web hosting product line. From 1995 to 2008, he was the technical director for several important projects: the largest web hosting platform in the world, the second largest DSL platform, a video on-demand delivery network, the largest eMail backend in Europe, and a universal billing syste...
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and Containers together help companies to achieve their business goals faster and more effectively.
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
Chris Van Tuin, Chief Technologist for the Western US at Red Hat, has over 20 years of experience in IT and Software. Since joining Red Hat in 2005, he has been architecting solutions for strategic customers and partners with a focus on emerging technologies including IaaS, PaaS, and DevOps. He started his career at Intel in IT and Managed Hosting followed by leadership roles in services and sales engineering at Loudcloud and Linux startups.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
The web app is agile. The REST API is agile. The testing and planning are agile. But alas, data infrastructures certainly are not. Once an application matures, changing the shape or indexing scheme of data often forces at best a top down planning exercise and at worst includes schema changes that force downtime. The time has come for a new approach that fundamentally advances the agility of distributed data infrastructures. Come learn about a new solution to the problems faced by software organ...
Electric power utilities face relentless pressure on their financial performance, and reducing distribution grid losses is one of the last untapped opportunities to meet their business goals. Combining IoT-enabled sensors and cloud-based data analytics, utilities now are able to find, quantify and reduce losses faster – and with a smaller IT footprint. Solutions exist using Internet-enabled sensors deployed temporarily at strategic locations within the distribution grid to measure actual line lo...
You have your devices and your data, but what about the rest of your Internet of Things story? Two popular classes of technologies that nicely handle the Big Data analytics for Internet of Things are Apache Hadoop and NoSQL. Hadoop is designed for parallelizing analytical work across many servers and is ideal for the massive data volumes you create with IoT devices. NoSQL databases such as Apache HBase are ideal for storing and retrieving IoT data as “time series data.”
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome,” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
There are many considerations when moving applications from on-premise to cloud. It is critical to understand the benefits and also challenges of this migration. A successful migration will result in lower Total Cost of Ownership, yet offer the same or higher level of robustness. Migration to cloud shifts computing resources from your data center, which can yield significant advantages provided that the cloud vendor an offer enterprise-grade quality for your application.
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi's VP Business Development and Engineering, will explore the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driv...
As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ability. Many are unable to effectively engage and inspire, creating forward momentum in the direction of desired change. Renowned for its approach to leadership and emphasis on their people, organizations increasingly look to our military for insight into these challenges.
The Internet of Everything is re-shaping technology trends–moving away from “request/response” architecture to an “always-on” Streaming Web where data is in constant motion and secure, reliable communication is an absolute necessity. As more and more THINGS go online, the challenges that developers will need to address will only increase exponentially. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Todd Greene, Founder & CEO of PubNub, will explore the current state of IoT connectivity and review key trends an...
Mobile, social, Big Data, and cloud have fundamentally changed the way we live. “Anytime, anywhere” access to data and information is no longer a luxury; it’s a requirement, in both our personal and professional lives. For IT organizations, this means pressure has never been greater to deliver meaningful services to the business and customers.
The IoT market is on track to hit $7.1 trillion in 2020. The reality is that only a handful of companies are ready for this massive demand. There are a lot of barriers, paint points, traps, and hidden roadblocks. How can we deal with these issues and challenges? The paradigm has changed. Old-style ad-hoc trial-and-error ways will certainly lead you to the dead end. What is mandatory is an overarching and adaptive approach to effectively handle the rapid changes and exponential growth.