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Giveaway! Fantastic Non-Plastic

nonplasticbottle.gifIf you’ve been reading the news for the past couple years, you probably already know that research has proven that plastics are a problem, particularly when it comes to food/drink storage and cooking. Many companies are now starting to phase out certain chemicals in their plastic products that have been proven unsafe for humans and for especially children but, at the same time, many companies are doing business as usual and that’s a problem. Since we don’t always know what’s in the plastics we use or which companies are doing right by consumers, we’re of the opinion that it’s best to just avoid them whenever possible. Fortunately, there are companies like Noplastic.ca that have amassed all kinds of great products to fill many of your non-plastic needs and we’ve partnered with them to give away to one lucky randomly selected winner a 12 oz stainless steel bottle with a sippy adapter and Avent sippy spout.

Find It Here: Noplastic.ca

Win It: We’re giving away a 12 oz stainless steel bottle with a sippy adapter and Avent sippy spout. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter NPL5 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What are the six categories of non-plastic items carried by Noplastic.ca? Enter by 6/2/09. $19 value. Open to residents of US and Canada. Winner will be notified by email. Contest closed. Congrats to Monica!

Introducing The GGP Awards!

megaphoneblue.pngI read a lot of green blogs and I’m always so impressed with how much great writing is out there so I thought it would be cool if every month we could all give an award to the writer of a post that we really liked, found inspiring, learned something from etc—you know…really GREAT green posts! And so The Great Green Post Award was born. July’s recipients can be found here.

Here’s how it works:

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Weekly Green Round-Up

Investing in Quality by Enviromom — Buying stuff that lasts really is greener.

Even If It Didn’t Matter, Why Would Anyone Choose To Litter? by The Good Human

Summer Green Guide: Insect Repellents Buying Guide by The Green Guide — Got skeeters? This guide will help you choose the safest, most effective repellents.

The Dirt on Dryer Sheets by Mother Nature Network — Could something that smells so good really be bad for you?

Living Green Expo 2009 by Mindful Momma — A green mom’s take on the Living Green Expo 2009.

Homemade Yogurt (vegan yogurt too!) by Green Me — Did you know you can make yogurt in your crock pot?

Got Stuff?

SawptreeOf course you do. We all do—and if you’re like me, you don’t have a clue how so much of it got into your life but you know it has to go. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could exchange some of that stuff for stuff you actually want and never have to set foot in a store? That’s not wishful thinking, my friend. You can actually DO THAT on Swaptree! How it works is Swaptree creates trades by matching items that you have (books, music, movies and video games) with other people who want those items and vice-versa. Best of all? It’s FREE. And because there are a frillion people on Swaptree, there’s a ton of stuff available for trade which means there’s a very good chance you’ll score exactly what you want and that someone wants your stuff, too. Short of just not ever buying another book, video game, DVD or CD, SwapTree is one of the greenest options around so get busy and start writing up your wish list!

Find It Here: Swaptree

Bamboo in Mah Bed?

sheets.jpgUntil a few years ago, bamboo was, to me, something that grew like crazy in my neighbor’s backyard and occasionally turned up in my Chinese food. These days, however, bamboo is turning up in all kinds of places like flooring, clothing, towels and sheets. Yes, I said sheets. Super soft sheets, in fact, because it turns out that bamboo fibers are very silky and yet strong and durable. But bamboo isn’t just soft and silky and durable. It’s also highly sustainable and renewable, requires no pesticides to grow, is fast-drying, hypo-allergenic and has remarkable natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. I’m thinking bamboo sheets are the ones I’d want to sleep on and the ones we want you to sleep on, too, which is why we’re giving away a set of fabulous, luxurious, awesomelicious Karen Neuburger bamboo sheets to one lucky reader!

Find It Here: BonTon

Win It: We’re giving away a set of Karen Neuburger queen/king-sized bamboo sheets to one randomly selected winner. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter KN5 as the giveaway name and answer the question: Do you have any other bamboo products in your home? Enter by 5/27/09. $130 value. Open to US residents. Contest Closed. Congrats to Michelle!

Giveaway! Ecostore USA

us_group_cc-150x150.pngYou like green stuff, right? Yeah, we knew that about you guys (we haz powers!) and that’s why we’ve partnered with Ecostore USA to give away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky reader. Ecostore USA carries plant and mineral-based, non-toxic personal care stuff, baby stuff, household stuff and pet stuff and and it’s all “super concentrated” so that a little bit goes a long way and saves you some of that other kind of green.

Find It Here: Ecostore USA

Win It: We’re giving away a $25 gift certificate to Ecostore USA. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter ECO5 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is the Ecostore USA slogan? Enter by 5/21/09. $25 value. Open to US and Canadian residents. Contest closed. Congratulations to Beth!

Color Me Coolness

colormehouse.jpgI know…I’m, like, the LAST person on the internet to gush over the coolness of the Color Me Houses and Color Me Rockets but I don’t care because I think these playhouses made from recyclable cardboard are super awesometastic. Why? Well, mainly because you can play INSIDE them and we all know how much kids like stuff they can get inside. And? They can color, paint and marker them them any dang way they want to, as well. The word on the street is that kids TOTALLY DIG these award-winning, imagination-stimulating and creative play-inducing toys. As a parent, I dig that they take no batteries, use no electricity and contain zero plastic. The only thing that would up the DIG factor for me is if they were made of recycled cardboard and who knows, maybe someday they will. Nonetheless, I’m pretty sure a very special soon-to-be 4 year old will be getting the Color Me Rocket for his birthday next month. Don’t tell!

 Find It Here: Color Me House

Like a Book But Way Better

liveonless.jpgIf someone said they could tell you how to live on less money while still being green, I’m betting you’d stop and listen, right? I know I would, particularly after I’ve been grocery shopping, which always makes me wince. How about saving energy or growing your own food? Enter Mother Earth News and their quarterly bookazines. Each one is filled with a ton of useful information on a specific topic. I like to think of it as Mother Earth News’ way of saving me endless hours of research by giving me everything I need to know in one handy volume. They have bookazines on growing your own food, home energy savings, living on less and more. And? We like their bookazines SO MUCH that we’ve arranged for one lucky reader to win our favorite — the Mother Earth News Guide to Living on Less and Loving It!

Find It Here: Mother Earth News

Win It: We’re giving away one copy of the Mother Earth News Guide to Living on Less and Loving It. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter GLL5 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What are the names of the seven newsletters you can sign up for on motherearthnews.com? Enter by 5/21/09. $7 value. Contest Closed. Congrats to NFMGirl!

Weekly Green Round-Up

Here’s How You Can Afford to Spend 30% More on Organic Food by The Big Green Purse

10 Tips For Safe Meat Grilling (Cut Cancer Risks) by Whole Food and More – A wealth of health information about cooking meats—the good, the bad and the ugly. It will definitely make you think twice about a lot of things.

The Laptop Lunch Flickr Group – did you know there was a Flickr group filled with photos of waste-free “laptop lunches”? Me, neither. There are a few foods that I cannot identify but nonetheless, it’s pretty cool and might give you some ideas.

Make it a Green Mother’s Day by My Green Side – Yes, I know Mother’s Day has come and gone but these ideas and gift suggestions will work for many a gift giving holiday so I’m sharing it anyway.

Chicks and Garden Update by Nature Deva – This is someone who is very much walking the walk if her backyard is any indication. Also? Pix of adorable baby chicks!

Giveaway! Petit Fold Bamboo Diapers

dagnyspromise2.pngWe never get tired of all the types and varieties of cloth diapers that come our way and I only wish there had been so many choices in the natural and organic area when my daughter was in diapers.  It almost makes me want to have another baby—figuratively speaking! Anyway, our friends at Dagny’s Promise, a shop that carries many natural fiber items, showed us these cool Petit Fold snappable, pre-shrunk bamboo and organic cotton prefold diapers. Knowing how popular cloth diapering is with our readers, we’ve arranged for Dagny’s Promise to give away two Petit Fold diapers to one lucky reader!

Find it Here: Dagny’s Promise

Win It: We’re giving away two  Petit Fold diapers from Dagny’s Promise. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter DP5 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: Name one other item carried by Dagny’s Promise. Enter by 5/18/09. $14 value.

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