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Monday, May 17, 2010

Small Steps Toward A Greener Life

Lately, I've become appalled at the amount of paper products that we use around the house. Between wiping up constant toddler spills, blowing runny noses and cleaning dirty faces it really all adds up.

Marcal Small Steps sent me a a few of their recycled products to try - bath tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, the works! A good thing too, since we were out of toilet paper yet again. I had never tried recycled paper products before, but what a great idea! Using them made me feel a whole lot better. Plus, they're soft and get the job done. I would definitely use them again.

Marcal Small Steps' products are hypoallergenic, free from dyes and fragrances, whitened without chlorine bleaching and made from 100% recycled paper. There is also a handy tree calculator on their website that you can use to calculate how many trees you can save by using their products.

WANT TO WIN? One winner will receive a starter kit featuring an assortment of Marcal paper products. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Monday, May 24th at Midnight and tell me your best "green" tip! Please include your email address with your comment. Winner must provide a US mailing address.

* I received product samples for review purposes.

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54 comments :

  1. This isn't anything new, but we like to dry our clothes on the line in nice weather to save energy!

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  2. Cloth diapers are my best green tip. They rock, and they are good for the environment.

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  3. My best green tip is to start composting!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. cdziuba@aol.com My best green tip is to remove clothes from the dryer about 1/3 to halfway through the cycle, and hang clothes. Saves a lot of energy costs. I've been doing it for years.

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  5. I ride my bike to local destinations instead of driving. Not only am I reducing my carbon footprint but I am also doing something good for my body!

    blackbearpie@aol.com

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  6. Run the washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full.

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  7. Use cold water in the washer!

    frogz60@hotmail.com

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  8. The best tip is wash clothes in cold water. 90% of energy is heating up water.

    teenytig@sbcglobal.net

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  9. Make your own laundry detergent. It's easier and works better than you might think.
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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  10. HORTON111@AOL.COM

    WHEN POSSIBLE... I HANG MY LAUNDRY OUTSIDE TO DRY...CLOTHES SMELL GREAT AND SAVES ME MONEY ON ELECTRIC BILL

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  11. My best green tip is to garden organically. And make your compost from kitchen scraps/peelings, etc. and yard trimmings, leaves. Don't use toxic chemicals on your lawn or garden. But if you must, take off your shoes before you enter your home so that you don't track toxic chemicals from your yard into your home.
    hi_joan_elliott at hotmail dot com

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  12. Replace all your lightbulbs at home with those high-tech LED ones.
    brandon_ralston@hotmail.com

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  13. best "green" tip" is to shop at yardsales

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  14. Mine is to unplug appliances not in use.Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.ne

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  15. I would definitely suggest using cold water in laundry.

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  16. We recycle everything including things we no longer use.

    adr1001025[at]msn.com

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  17. Fill up your gas tank at night, it helps with emissions.

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  18. Definitely make a commitment to consume less-trade for what you need-shop at garage sales for what you want. Thanks!

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  19. My best green tip would be to catch rain water in a barrel to water your garden and flowers.
    Thank you!
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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  20. Tip: Grow your own vegetables. It's a lot healthier and saves you money. My son is quite the little gardener.


    charisscharity [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  21. Tip: wrap your water heater and put it on a timer. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  22. we like to dry our clothes on the clothesline in hot/warm weather to save energy

    covertpeace@gmail.com

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  23. Best green tip,hmmm, well we try to reuse as much packaging as possible. Letting the kids color on cardboard boxes, reusing food containers, and putting out the least amount of trash we can.
    firstrosegrrl@yahoo.com

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  24. Use paper towels sparingly, and use washable hand towels instead.

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  25. My best green tip is to compost your kitchen food wastes and use them to grow your own organic fruits and veggies.

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  27. My best green tip is to wash laundry in cold water and to dry cloths on the line.

    tderosa142(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Recycle and bring your own bags when shopping.

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  29. Buy packs of small washcloths at the dollar store and use them as cloth napkins. They clean kids up better anyway!
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

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  30. I use baking soda & vinegar to clean with. It works wonders :)

    motherabagail531 at yahoo dot com

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  31. Unplug your appliances when not in use

    brn2lisn at gmail dot com

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  32. Spend the money for a good bike. Your body will get the exercise it needs and your pocket will save on gas money.

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  33. think before you throw anything away. Most things can be reused and even make crafts for the kids

    sallstun
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  34. We grow our own vegetables, and we often plants trees in our yard.



    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

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  35. my green is to pass on items you no longer use rather than discard them

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  36. Conserving of water with less toilet flushes and shorter showers.

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  37. Grow your own garden. a couple of tomato and pepper plants don't take up much space and can even be grown on an apartment balcony. You'll save money every week and won't have to worry about harmful pesticides.
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  38. Well something simple that we can all do is take recyclable bags with us to the grocery store! So simple but saves all those carrier bags - if we all did it think how many we would save!

    hannahgoodneighbour at hotmail dot com

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  39. recycle, and don't buy bottled water, just use a filter from the tap.

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  40. My best green tip is to drive a hybrid. We save tons of money on gas, and it is better to not have as much fossil fuel emissions!

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  41. Recycle anything you possibly can.

    cgclynsg0 at gmail dot com

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  42. my best green tip is to reuse as much as possible and recycle!

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  43. My best green tip is to use a water bottle rather than buying bottled water

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  44. My son tells me all the time to reuse what we already have.

    eddingsfamily@prodigy.net

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  45. My best green tip is to use cloth products whenever possible, instead of paper.

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  46. Thanks for the giveaway...since we only use the dishwasher when we have a houseful of dinner guests we stick to washing dishes by hand, and we use the "rinsewater / greywater" to water our vegetable & flower garden and the landscape plantings around the house.

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  47. Invest in stainless steel water bottles and you'll save hundreds of dollars a lot of plastic by not purchasing bottled water.

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  48. I grow my own fruit, veggies and herbs.

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  49. i reuse as many things as I can & buy recycled products.

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  50. Inflate your Tires! If your tires are inflated at all times your car will run more miles on less gas

    CharlieGurl57@aol.com

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  51. My "green" tip is to compost your kitchen scraps.

    lilyk@mail2world.com

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