‘Sustainability for All’ is our vision here at MFB. And when we talk about sustainability, we mean for people and for the planet.
Though MFB is a human services organization and our priority is supporting families and individuals in need in our community, we also want to make sure that we’re having a broader impact, too. While we’re trying to make life a little better for families, we don’t want to leave the planet worse off in the process.
At MFB, we have diverted more than 20,000 kilos of waste from the landfill. We reduce the amount of ‘new’ furniture manufactured by salvaging, repairing and repurposing tens of thousands of pieces of furniture every year. We’re doing what we can to make our corner of the world just a little greener.
And that’s something we can all do.
If you’ve been trying to think of ways to live a little more sustainably, a little less wastefully, and just a little greener all ‘round, then check out these tips that you can easily integrate in your daily life.
1. Buy a reusable water bottle.
This may seem obvious, but there are still thousands of families purchasing cases upon cases of bottled water every day. We’re lucky to live in a country with clean, filtered municipal water – there’s no need to avoid it! A one-time purchase of a glass, steel or BPA free water bottle not only saves a ton of money, but also reduces the amount of waste and plastic production in our world. It’s a little thing with a huge impact.
2. Use green-certified cleaning products.
If you tried these years ago and were unimpressed with their efficacy, then you’re due to give them another chance. Eco-friendly cleaning products have come a long way in the last few years and they are now better than ever. The toxicity in so many traditional products is not only bad for the environment, but they’re not so great for our own health, either. In a pinch, you can even make your own cleaning products with stuff you’ve got in your pantry. You can check some out HERE.
3. Become a DIY pro.
One of the best ways we can reduce our negative environmental impact is by reducing what we purchase new. By repurposing, upcycling and making what we need, we’re taking one more item off the production line. If you need a new table, chair, dresser or other item for your home, see what you can find second-hand, and then refinish it yourself. There are endless YouTube videos and DIY articles out there that can help you. Plus, there’s nothing better than creating something with your own two hands.
These are just a few of the beginning steps towards creating a more sustainable future. When we try to entirely transform our lives to be more eco-friendly, it can be daunting. If we change everything at once we can become overwhelmed and just give up. But if we start small and make these little changes a part of our every day lives, we can better sustain our efforts.