Welcome to the August 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Living Sustainably. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about steps their families have taken, or hope to take, to live more sustainably. We hope you'll find inspiration for your family's journey towards sustainable living, and share your tips with us as well!
A few years ago, sustainable wasn't even in my vocabulary. But now, it's one word that pops up throughout my day. Sustainable living, in short, is living a lifestyle that reduces the use of the Earth's natural resources.
It's when I was introduced to Shaklee, that I became more aware how important sustainable living truly is. In fact, Dr. Shaklee found the company in 1956, and based it on Living in Harmony with Nature. He was committed to developing products to improve the health of people and the planet. And he did just that.
I could go on with a list of milestones from the past 55 plus years, but I'll just list a few of my favorites:
- 1960 - Shaklee introduces Basic-H Concentrated Organic Cleaner, one of the first nontoxic, biodegradable cleaners.
- 1972 - Shaklee introduces Basic-L, one of the first biodegradable laundry detergents without phosphates, nitrates or borates.
- Skip a few years and many milestones, in 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to obtain Climate Neutral certification and totally offset its carbon emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment. In addition, Shaklee opens its World Headquarters, one of the first green, energy-saving, award-winning buildings designed using sustainable materials, including certified sustainable wood, recycled carpets, and recycled plastics.
- And in 2007, the largest study of long-term supplement users, conducted in collaboration with researchers from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, determines that people who took Shaklee supplements had markedly better health than people who took either no supplements or other brands of multivitamins.
When I became a customer of Shaklee, they provided me with my own member site, which provided me with information and courses on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. I started switching from the products I normally use, to Shaklee products. And as I saw my family's life improving and heard dramatic testimonies of other people's health improving, I knew I wanted to be a part of The Shaklee Effect. I am now a Shaklee distributor and it has been such a blessing!
What influenced you to live a more sustainable lifestyle?
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