|By Marketwired .||
|June 6, 2014 03:20 PM EDT||
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 www.knorr.com or www.hellmanns.com 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
- 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 www.projectsunlight.us.
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: http://ulever.us/leftovers.
About Family Features Editorial Syndicate
This and other food and lifestyle content can be found at www.editors.familyfeatures.com. 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: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2611988
Identity is in everything and customers are looking to their providers to ensure the security of their identities, transactions and data. With the increased reliance on cloud-based services, service providers must build security and trust into their offerings, adding value to customers and improving the user experience. Making identity, security and privacy easy for customers provides a unique advantage over the competition.
Sep. 29, 2016 06:15 PM EDT Reads: 3,629
All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of So...
Sep. 29, 2016 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,526
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management solutions, helping companies worldwide activate their data to drive more value and business insight and to transform moder...
Sep. 29, 2016 05:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,844
SYS-CON Events announced today that eCube Systems, a leading provider of middleware modernization, integration, and management solutions, will exhibit at @DevOpsSummit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. eCube Systems offers a family of middleware evolution products and services that maximize return on technology investment by leveraging existing technical equity to meet evolving business needs. ...
Sep. 29, 2016 05:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,563
SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley. The 19th Cloud Expo and 6th @ThingsExpo will take place on November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. "The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Interne...
Sep. 29, 2016 04:45 PM EDT Reads: 3,419
Personalization has long been the holy grail of marketing. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales. To achieve this, you must understand the individual. Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lou Casal, Founder and Principal Consultant at Practicala, discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated our abil...
Sep. 29, 2016 04:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,768
Digital innovation is the next big wave of business transformation based on digital technologies of which IoT and Big Data are key components, For example: Business boundary innovation is a challenge to excavate third-party business value using IoT and BigData, like Nest Business structure innovation may propose re-building business structure from scratch, as Uber does in the taxicab industry The social model innovation is also a big challenge to the new social architecture with the design fr...
Sep. 29, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,336
Whether they’re located in a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment, cloud technologies are constantly evolving. While the innovation is exciting, the end mission of delivering business value and rapidly producing incremental product features is paramount. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Kiran Chitturi, CTO Architect at Sungard AS, will discuss DevOps culture, its evolution of frameworks and technologies, and how it is achieving maturity. He will also cover various st...
Sep. 29, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,942
So, you bought into the current machine learning craze and went on to collect millions/billions of records from this promising new data source. Now, what do you do with them? Too often, the abundance of data quickly turns into an abundance of problems. How do you extract that "magic essence" from your data without falling into the common pitfalls? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Natalia Ponomareva, Software Engineer at Google, provided tips on how to be successful in large scale machine learning...
Sep. 29, 2016 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,372
If you had a chance to enter on the ground level of the largest e-commerce market in the world – would you? China is the world’s most populated country with the second largest economy and the world’s fastest growing market. It is estimated that by 2018 the Chinese market will be reaching over $30 billion in gaming revenue alone. Admittedly for a foreign company, doing business in China can be challenging. Often changing laws, administrative regulations and the often inscrutable Chinese Interne...
Sep. 29, 2016 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 460
Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.
Sep. 29, 2016 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,186
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kausik Sridharabalan, founder and CTO of Pulzze Systems, Inc., will focus on key challenges in building an Internet of Things solution infrastructure. He will shed light on efficient ways of defining interactions within IoT solutions, leading to cost and time reduction. He will also introduce ways to handle data and how one can develop IoT solutions that are lean, flexible and configurable, thus making IoT infrastructure agile and scalable.
Sep. 29, 2016 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,616
Creating replica copies to tolerate a certain number of failures is easy, but very expensive at cloud-scale. Conventional RAID has lower overhead, but it is limited in the number of failures it can tolerate. And the management is like herding cats (overseeing capacity, rebuilds, migrations, and degraded performance). Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing for the HGST Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit, discusse...
Sep. 29, 2016 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,527
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the organization. And the same can be said about the organization’s analytics. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data Practice at EMC, will introduce a methodology for capturing, enriching and sharing data (and analytics) across the organizati...
Sep. 29, 2016 03:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,782
Internet of @ThingsExpo has announced today that Chris Matthieu has been named tech chair of Internet of @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley. The 6thInternet of @ThingsExpo will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Sep. 29, 2016 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,792