Seventh Generation Honored as "Leader of Change" | Seventh Generation
Skip to Content
  • Pin It

Seventh Generation Honored as "Leader of Change"

322 comments
Author: Seventh Generation

Seventh Generation is humbled to be named a 2011 Leader for Change by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change. The award was accepted by our CEO, John Replogle, at a special presentation at the U.N. Global Conference for Social Change in New York City.

"Seventh Generation has received an incredible number of honors in our 23-year history, but I'm not sure that we've ever received one as meaningful as this," said John. "It's a tremendous acknowledgement of the progress we've been making to pursue our company's purpose to have an impact beyond profit."

How do you lead change in your house, community, world? Tell us, and earn a few more points in our Rewards program (you must be registered and logged in to earn points).


322
Comments

flyingjanet picture
flyingjanet
07/06/12
I have five small children and we make the effort to recycle everything we can and started a compost pile and soon to be garden.
zhey512 picture
zhey512
07/06/12
We recycle as much as possible in our home. We have far more recycling going on than trash out.
kite5280 picture
kite5280
07/05/12
We try to recycle as much as possible in our home. We have far more recycling going on than trash out. We make it a point to teach our children to recycle also. Its very important.
luckyarmywife picture
luckyarmywife
07/03/12
I grew up in a state with a free curbside recycling program. I have since lived in 3 other States that required I bring my recycling to a center, but that hasn't stopped me. I even got my husband into recycling!
ramyachandrakanth picture
ramyachandrakanth
07/02/12
we recycle plastic bottles
Teresa Dopyera picture
Teresa Dopyera
06/29/12
No, my name is not Kermit. But, I really amped up my awareness and action over the past couple of years. I have been a vegan for about 33 years and eat as purely and organically as possible. I recycle and walk a more 'conscious' path. However, when I found myself unemployed after working at the local university for 20 years, I had a very sudden change in lifestyle. In retrospect, it has been a blessing. I have learned to live much more simply and to examine consumerism and my own buying *habits* and to reform them. I have actually found that by living more simply, I am happier. I feel more free and independent than I have in years. I have become quite creative and make most of the gifts and cards that I give to friends and family. And, it inspires others to make changes in their own lives.
Silverr77 picture
Silverr77
06/23/12
I have 4 son's, I love them dearly. I started purchasing 7th Generation because I wanted my boys to understand the impotence of saving our planet. In addition I also wanted them to be save from chemicals in household. Products. My children are happy and I can rest easy knowing their safe when I am cleaning the house.
MarksGirl picture
MarksGirl
06/21/12
Study, study, study! Never stop learning. Then make positive changes. As your family sees you getting healthier, you'll be the one they turn to when they're ready to make changes.
jflormata picture
jflormata
06/11/12
I'm not just a fan of reusing and recycling (both at home and at work), I'm a huge fan of reducing. Not everyone understands that even if you recycle, you're still using something. The best way to help the environment is to just NOT use things when you can. So, in our household, we try not to use our vehicle or transit (we walk to our destination and back), we don't shop for anything we don't need (so no bags are used - especially plastic) and when we go out for treats like Starbucks, we have our muffins/cookies/etc put onto a napkin (instead of a bag). Along the way we're always teaching our family as the generations to follow need to know how to preserve our planet too!
maeflowerbee picture
maeflowerbee
06/09/12
We have a stack of reuseable shopping bags that we use for all our shopping-not just groceries. And we recycle glass, plastic and paper products and recycle kitchen waste on our compost pile.
Jilo picture
Jilo
06/07/12
Our family follows the well-established mantra of the three Rs (reducing, reusing, and recycling). Although recycling is a major part of our attempt to live a greener life, we strive first to reduce our consumption and the amount of waste we produce. This means buying only necessary items and items that use less packaging. We also attempt to reuse old items and love shopping a thrift stores for household goods, furniture, and clothing. My partner and I talk openly about our green lifestyle choices and encourage our friends and family to do what they can as well. I think I've shocked a number of friends who have complimented me on what I'm wearing, when I tell them it cost me a few dollars at the local thrift shop. I've had requests to call them when I next go shopping :)
pattymarsh picture
pattymarsh
06/02/12
I'm in charge of the Green program where I work-a public library. The project we hope to do next is change over lighting ballasts to the more energy efficient ones. The pay back between savings, less maintenance time to replace bulbs and an incentive offered by the power company is 5-10 years until the project pays for itself.
ekr1 picture
ekr1
05/24/12
We dress the baby in second hand clothes and then pass them on to another baby. Plus, I always carry an extra shopping bag!
kmgilmore6 picture
kmgilmore6
05/22/12
I have lived in San Antonio for 5 years now and am appalled at the ways in which recycling does NOT happen. I learned of recycling at a very young age thanks to my parents and have not looked back since. At work, paper is wasted by the tons per day and no one makes any effort to recycle regardless of my numerous attempts to encourage it. The same goes for the school I am attending for my doctorate. I have been successful in my neighborhood starting a recycling program for our entire community where it is now required. I hope that I can continue to educate and inspire others to go green and love our Earth.
Acesgma picture
Acesgma
05/20/12
My daughter and I also are Oregonians. My daughter is an artist who works in many mediums. She designs skirts from cast-off sweaters, designs scarves from old t-shirts and cast-off yarn and makes beautiful, fun earrings from repurposed materials including stainless wire from distressed crab pots. Many of these items are sold locally.
dedovitch picture
dedovitch
05/17/12
When you are on a tight income and were not raised with conservation values, it can be hard to learn to live earth-friendly. We are trying! Cloth diapering, recycling, adaptive reuse of products, line drying our laundry, no air conditioning, growing veggies in our garden, using cleaning products with PCR materials.
m.rochow picture
m.rochow
05/17/12
My husband and I eat vegetarian and buy only organic dairy products and produce whenever possible. We also use cloth napkins and handkerchiefs, recycle, shop locally as much as we can, and are hoping to start buying most of our produce from farmer's markets.
jah051972 picture
jah051972
05/17/12
We grow our own veggies, use our paper products for fire starters for our woodburner (keeping heating bill down), donate unused items to charity for reuse, recycle what we can, and for a family of 6~ we have less than a can of trash weekly!
dickginty picture
dickginty
05/16/12
nice 'discourse' of 7th generation 'company ideals'
makschakli picture
makschakli
05/15/12
We are trying to avoid using prepacked water bottles and using water bottles which we can refill every time.
nisha00 picture
nisha00
05/14/12
I just lead by example: I recycle, recycle and use as much earth friendly products as possible.
KTR picture
KTR
05/14/12
We recycle and reuse in many areas including clothing, furniture, and scrap lumber.
neonhusky picture
neonhusky
05/14/12
I also grew up in Oregon, and conservation is a part of my life. I recycle everything possible, am choosy about product packaging, and garden to reduce the footprint of my food. I also combine my errands so that I use less gasoline and live close to where I work.
blessedbygrace picture
blessedbygrace
05/13/12
When I got pregnant I really started reading labels and what I was exposing myself and my unborn child too and after my daughter was born I wanted to make sure she had memories she could carry on like I do of my grandmother recycling. So I started recycling and started separating everything. Once a week my daughter and I go to the recycling bins and dump our saved items and I sing a song when were done and she smiles everytime. I hope she continues these memories on to her next generation.
AnyC picture
AnyC
05/13/12
As a mom of infant twins it is my goal to teach them to love the world they live in and care for it. Since my graduation from undergrad I have been an avid recycler. Almost every week my husband and I fill three recycle bins.
sparkychwk picture
sparkychwk
05/12/12
I AM JUST LEARNING, I NEVER SERIOUSLY THOUGHT ABOUT RECYCLING, I THOT IT WAS A NUISANCE, BUT MY GRAND CHILDREN ARE OPENI NG MY EYES, IT IS RATHER EMBARRASSING TO BE TAUGHT BY THE LITTLE ONES.
Eco-girl picture
Eco-girl
05/11/12
I grew up in Oregon which was ahead of the curve. We passed our bottling law back in the early 1970s. Our governor encouraged a public beach cleanup and pop and beer bottles were among the most common debris on the coast. So we required a deposit on every can or bottle with the thought that people wouldn't leave their bottles on the beach if they could redeem them for cash. It worked, although the beverage companies hated it with a passion and tried hard to keep the rest of you from following suit. Today my own family recycles many things. Also we take a pass on many convenience items for sale and try to choose wisely among the things we do. Even popular items like Gatorade can be purchased in granular form and you can mix up your own in your reusable bottle! One caution: most of us fail in some areas, so leave the guilt behind or you will become immobilized and not do anything. Finally I lead Girl Scouts, which is a way to get kids outdoors to appreciate what it is we are trying to save. Slow down and learn to cook over a fire with a castiron Dutch oven or even just a walk in a local nature park electronics free.
lindseyburbach1976 picture
lindseyburbach1976
05/09/12
I grew up in Oregon, and have been recycling for as long as I can remember. Someday I hope to be able to build an "earthship" with mostly recycled items, and have a home that leaves a minimal carbon foot print.
catiblue picture
catiblue
05/06/12
I've been recycling since the 70s. I'm amazed that we now have mandatory recycling in our communities. It's actually against the law if you don't recycle your trash! But that's not an issue with me. I do educate myself with more "green" ways to live. I also try to pass it on with a passion instead of a lecture... I do tend to get a little self righteous on this subject and that just turns people off and that just defeats the whole purpose of living the way of the 7th Generation... :) Thank you 7th Generation, you inspire me... :)
seashellgray picture
seashellgray
05/06/12
My little Florida neighborhood has added a test recycling program to our weekly garbage pickup. My family has become more involved with how we dispose of everything we use. It feels good!
barcor320@hotmail.com picture
barcor320@hotmail.com
05/05/12
We are making our home as green as possible. it was even built green
echies picture
echies
05/05/12
Great ideas and tips. We really need to do more.
C_lynne picture
C_lynne
05/03/12
we recycle, reduce, & reuse !!!
adrea gentry picture
adrea gentry
04/30/12
we use a reel mower and electric string trimmer. we have a clothes line. cloth napkins. cloth shopping bags(and produce bags too). cloth diapers!(I wish 7th gen diapers were compostable...hint, hint) compost food scraps(or at least what the dog won't eat!) biodegradable cleaners(like 7th gen-LOVE THE NEW PAPER LAUNDRY DET.BOTTLE) walk or bike when possible. wait as long as possible to turn on the a/c(we live in texas so this is HUGE)buy carbon offset credits. take the train instead of flying/driving.take our own to-go boxes when we eat out! rainwater collection barrel. reuse everything possible, and recycle or donate what we can't!
mimibee11 picture
mimibee11
04/29/12
We have an Earth Day story time every year read stories about the 3 R's (reduce, recycle and reuse) and have recycle crafts. At home we compost and recycle
tasharoberts picture
tasharoberts
04/29/12
We recycle even though we do not have curbside pickup. We compost, and grow vegetables and herbs.
linda A picture
linda A
04/28/12
I recycled in my neighbor hood by donating my good stove to a family that had a fire. In my home I use rags instead of so much paper towels. All cleaning products are safe foranyone who comes here to clean by using seventh generation. I cleean toilets with vinegar. I have introduced my kids and neighbors to Seventh generation. Love love love these products and the lorax. Thank you Linda Wheatcraft
short1975fm picture
short1975fm
04/27/12
appliances as well as electronics also need to be recycled at specific places not only to reduce waste but to prevent poisoning out environment. We also often try to re-purpose old items fir new uses not only to reduce waste and save money but to be creative and have fun with it too.
msz_klly picture
msz_klly
04/26/12
RECYCLING IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO. :O)
klrate picture
klrate
04/26/12
we recycle everything that can be recycled at my house. we use green appliances and grown our own garden each year. we also have some solar lights out and have changed to energy saving light bulbs. We also make sure to turn the lights off and other things unplugged that we aren't using at the time off so we don't burn more electricity. we also use biodegradable products when we can.
Mefisyanke picture
Mefisyanke
04/26/12
We use things that can be reused - reusable grocery bags, cloth cleaning rags instead of paper towels - and just try to use less if we do use something disposable.
misstessajo picture
misstessajo
04/24/12
We started with our own vegetable garden, then we started composting our food waste, then we realized that if we recycled as well we would have virtually no need to pay for trash pickup every month. I led the way to not only greening our household but fattening our wallet as well.
ACS86 picture
ACS86
04/24/12
I recycle everything I can.
caterinacm picture
caterinacm
04/23/12
We started small by using cloth grocery bags, cloth napkins, and reusable water containers instead of plastic. Slowly we started incorporating green cleanings products into our household. We've started composting, buying local organic veggies and meats. Once we move to a place with a yard, we plan to start our own garden.
mail4brandy picture
mail4brandy
04/23/12
We recycle and have plans for our own veggie garden this summer :)
harrsara picture
harrsara
04/23/12
We recycle and compost just about everything possible. It is nice that even our garbage service offers this service for us.
cleverlilminx picture
cleverlilminx
04/23/12
We recycle, buy food locally as much as possible, grow our own vegetables in the summer and now are looking into using solar energy. I talk up what I do with my family and friends. Not only do these changes help the environment, sometimes these changes can help lower your cost of living as well. :)
RHS07 picture
RHS07
04/23/12
We recycle and have encouraged our family and friends to do the same!
Ms.Pink09 picture
Ms.Pink09
04/22/12
It certainly does start at home! Kids do what parents do!
cadere1 picture
cadere1
04/21/12
We are long time recyclers and have been doing it since it before it was cool or convenient. My husband and I were involved in recycling when were students at Cornell in the early 80's and would get up early in the morning to collect recyclables from the dorms to take to the local recycling center. We recycle more than we throw away and compost everything we can. We also carry our own bags to the grocery store and try to buy in bulk to eliminate extra packaging, and of course we use Seventh Generation products.