Project Sunlight was started by Unilever last November: it is “a long-term initiative to motivate people to live sustainably by inspiring them to create a brighter future for children.” My first article about this can be found here. This second compensated post is about the activity my son and I did to help our planet to be more sustainable!
Go to the Project Sunlight website to learn more about this Unilever initiative, and find a sustainable Summer project to do with your kids. Paul and I tackled “Go Green in Your Bathroom” project:
We did have a few substitutions from the exact recipe found on the web site. My son loves to work with duct tape so we incorporated that into our project. I also had a large shoe box on hand since there were no diaper boxes available. I had called my neighbor but she had just recycled hers!
I thought this duct tape color pattern was just lovely and did not think anymore about it. I found out later that my son was trying to reproduce the colors of the gay flag for his 2 dads. That right there was my Father’s Day gift.
The only wrapping paper we had in the house was from the December holidays. I left my son alone for 1 minute and found that he had not only cut out the birds from one of the wrapping paper sets, but also made a tree with some of his other supplies for a very natural and beautiful wild life scene. I can’t think of a more appropriate picture for a recycle box that is meant to help our planet become more sustainable (which means to my son that we are also nurturing nature). Is there any wonder that I started this blog to continually sing my son’s praises? He has the most beautiful soul!
And there you have it. Our recycle box for the bathroom. Why? Because nearly 40% of Americans toss plastic bottles from the bathroom into the trash. Most people don’t think about recycling in the bathroom. We are half guilty of that ourselves. We usually remember to add our empty shampoo bottles to our kitchen bottle recycling, but we had not recycled paper products from the bathroom before this project. We only thought in terms of recycling papers and magazines. There are many more paper items that can be recycled, something we learned during this project.
An example of the items that we now recycle in the cardboard section of our recycle canister: toilet paper tubes and the packaging from new toothpaste! Remembering the newspapers and magazines in the front room of our apartment near the paper recycling shopping bag that sits right there was easy. This required a change in our thinking.
So please remember, you can make this easy container for your bathroom recyclables. Just check the labels on the plastics in your bathroom for PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) or HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) plastics, they, along with Dove and Suave shampoos and body washes, are recyclable!
Please visit Unilever’s Project Sunlight website ! I urge you to “Make Fun, Not Waste” this Summer by participating in the Summer Sunlight Activities with your children and even your neighbors! These interactive, fun, easy projects will encourage you to adopt new sustainable habits at home. And feel free to pass it on!
Disclosure: While this post is part of a sponsored campaign by Unilever Project Sunlight, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own.