18 October 2016

What are we doing to create a #brightFuture for the Little Ones

The day we brought Little 1 into this world was the day my whole life changed, well that was pretty obvious, but suddenly I didn't just have myself to think about. Looking at my tiny bundle I realised I wanted to change the world, to make it a better place for her to live in and above all I wanted her to be healthy and happy.


Like me 83% of British parents felt that the birth of their first child made them feel that they wanted to change some aspect of their life for the better. No one person can change the world but 9 out of 10 parents and 8 out of 10 children agree that if everyone does small things to improve the environment, “together we can make the world a better place”.

I have been asked by Unilever and Britmums to take part in their #brightFuture challenge. I was sent some Unilever products to use and think about the little things that I do or could do to make a better future and contribute towards a more sustainable way of living.



Unilever has created the #brightFuture initiative, at the heart is the goal to unite communities and encourage small changes in everyday life that have a positive impact on the world.

They have a series of projects running to help them towards this goal. For example Domestos has partnered with UNICEF and committed to helping 25 million people gain improved access to a toilet by 2020 (imagine not having a loo or somewhere to to wash your hands). Clean sanitation can protect people from preventable diseases, reduce mortality rates, help reduce school dropout rates and improve quality of life.

Building on the aim to improve lives through small steps, the Dove Self-Esteem Project has worked closely with leading psychologists, academics and experts to create materials and resources that help young people develop a positive relationship with their appearance. The project has now reached over 19 million young lives.

Since the launch of the Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever has helped 482 million people to improve their health and hygiene.

  
So what are we doing to create a #brightFuture for the Little Ones?

Simple things like turning the taps off while brushing teeth and turning off lights (with energy efficient bulbs of course) when we leave a room.

We have the heating set at a slightly lower temperature to conserve energy and use the eco setting on our dishwasher to save water.

We use a shorter washing machine cycle and often a cooler wash too, with the help of Persil to get the Little Ones clothes clean.

The biggest thing we do is use
cloth nappies and wipes for Little 3. A quick calculation and I reckon we have saved around 2500 nappies from landfill so far!



We recycle most things, in our kerbside collection, food waste collection and compost bin, and even take our plastics to Granny and Grampy's house a town along as their council collects and recycles theirs as well as taking unwanted and outgrown clothes and toys to the charity shop.

We keep our
house clean to prevent illness and encourage the children to get outdoors and play, after all being outside is great for learning and development.


We walk (or sometimes ride) to school every day.


And all the time while we are doing all this we teach the little Ones why we are trying to save energy, money and recycle and are beginning to teach them about those who are less fortunate than ourselves, and do you know what they want to know all about it and help us to do it too. 


What are you doing to create a #brightFuture for your Little Ones?

N.B This post is an entry for BritMums #brightFuture Challenge, sponsored by Unilever. We received the Unilever products pictured above for our involvement in this challenge.

2 comments:

  1. #brightFuture, what a brilliant idea. I have brought reusable cloth wipes for this next baby, hopefully that will reduce our wipe waste. I also very keen to use cloth nappies, but we struggled with Finlay. I need to find some samples to see what works for us when the little one arrives!

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  2. Great, we have tried 7 different brands of nappy since the beginning and we are using 3 brands regularly now (2 day and 1 night), definately check and see if there is a nappy library near you to try some out. x

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