During the tragedy of last fall's Superstorm Sandy, Toyota and the Food Bank For New York City came together and used small changes to make a big impact for so many families impacted by this devastating disaster. Members from the Toyota Production System Support Center teamed up with the Food Bank For New York City staff in the "Meals Per Hour" with the goal of increasing the number of meals being given out per hour.
By making small changes in the production and delivery methods, emergency meal boxes distributed increased from 25 boxes per hour to an incredible 450 boxes per hour. There were 250,000 meals provided in this process.
Can you think of ways that you can do small changes that can make a big difference?
Last year, I was inspired to begin using reusable shopping bags after learning about some staggering statistics about plastic shopping bags so often used today. Thinking about these facts makes me understand why simply saving the use of one plastic bag during a small shopping trip contributes to making a big impact at improving the quality of our planet:
* The petroleum used to produce 14 plastic bags is enough to drive a car one mile.
* More than 10% of washed-up debris polluting the U.S. coastline is made up of plastic bags.
* Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose. If they are not recycled, they end up in landfills, the ocean, or some other place in the environment. There's actually a giant garbage heap made mostly of plastic floating in the ocean that's twice the size of the United States.
Facts like these make me realize that my small act of bringing a reusable shopping bag with me to use contributes in a big way to making a difference in lessening the damage done to our planet by plastic bags.
YOU have a chance to do a small gesture that can make a big impact right now. Supermarche' filmed this 6 minute documentary that gives you a glimpse into how these small changes made a huge difference in helping so many families impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
For every view the documentary receives, Toyota will donate one meal to the Food Bank For New York City, up to 1,000,000 meals by July 19. Click on play to fill a plate and help Toyota meet their 1,000,000 meal goal.
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