Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Green Your Scene *Giveaway!*

We are all aware of the ill effects that so many of the daily activities we do have on mother Earth, no? It seems like everything is out to get us some how. We are constantly reminded to go green, reduce, reuse, recycle, everything organic & local, plant yourself a garden, avoid harsh chemicals, energy efficiency! Panic!

The bad news is they are right. The state of our Earth is deteriorating quickly. Landfills are filling at an alarming rate, global warming is getting worse by the hour and causing bigger and bigger catastrophes, and the harsh products are making us sick.

The good news is that there are a ton of really simple, non intrusive ways we can all do to help out. Once a week, for the next four weeks, I am going to share some of those you all. Easy peasy. I will tackle your house, your car, your yard and finally getting your kids involved in going green.  Plus, thanks to TheMotherhood and Scott Naturals, I will also be having a super sweet giveaway each week! More on that later..

So, what are some of the simplest ways to go green in your house? Starting basic, with the way you clean. Go grab a cleaner out from under your kitchen sink.No, throw it away. No really. Not only are commercial cleaners expensive and horribly toxic, they almost always leave a nasty buildup that just keeps thing dirty. The best thing you can use to clean your house? White vinegar. One container will take care of laundry, kitchen cleaning, even bugs and weeds.

Keep a spray bottle of white vinegar in each room. Spray your hard surfaces , wipe and your done. Everything is shiney, stain free and clean. Worried about the smell? It disappears when the vinegar dries. No worries. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you are looking for a lasting smell. The best part? Its cheap, cheap, cheap.

Now, I hear you. You are getting all "but I need something that will disinfect" on me. Did you know undiluted distilled white vinegar (5% solution) - the kind you can buy in the supermarket - kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses)? It does. If you are looking for something a little more powerful, follow up with a quick spray of hydrogen peroxide from a spray bottle.

Now for the fun part. Our family has been asked to participate in the Scott Naturals 4-Week Test Drive.  In honor of Earth Month, the Scott Naturals brand is challenging Americans to take an easy green step by testing out its line of hybrid paper products: bath tissue, paper towels, flush-able wipes and napkins. If everyone that visited Google today took the 4-Week Test Drive there’d be 4,414,400 trees saved. As part of this project, Scott Naturals will be making a donation to the National Wildlife Federation. For every unique click-thru to THIS LINK, Scott Naturals will donate $1 (up to $25,000 total) to the National Wildlife Federation.Sweet, right? All you have to do is click!

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I also have four huge prize packs to give away (one a week) to a lucky RMM reader! This prize pack includes a full size package of napkins, toilet paper, paper towels and moist, flush-able wipes. Don't tell me those are things you would rather pay for when you can win them.
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How to enter:

1. You must follow Render Me Mama via GFC and leave a comment saying you do. (Mandatory) *1 entry

2. Visit Scott Naturals and take the 4 week test drive pledge (all you have to do is click and you even get some sweet coupons just for doing that. Plus, you just donated a dollar to the NWF!). Leave a comment saying you did so. *1 entry

3. Share your favorite green tip in a comment and get one entry for each tip! Be sure and leave each tip in a separate comment. *1 entry each.

4. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Leave a comment with a link to your tweet. *1 entry

I will draw the winning number via Random.org next Monday. Don't dispare if you don't win this week though, come back next week for more going green wisdom and another chance to win an awesome prize pack! Good luck!

*I was given the opportunity to review the Scott Naturals line and compensated for my time as part of this post. All opinions and tips are mine.

62 comments:

  1. Awesome post! I think I'm going to try the vinegar thing!!

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  2. I scrub my filthy kitchen sink with Baking Soda and then I pour in vinegar and my kids watch it "erupt"

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  3. Oh and I took the pledge!! Thanks for letting me know about this great prize!

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  4. I took the pledge...hoping to win some great products to help me out :)!!!

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  5. I always ask for paper bags at the grocery store and then save the bags, re-using by wrapping packages with the bags.

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  6. I use Vinegar on windows - especially car windows - to get a streak free clean window.

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  7. I use felted wool dryer balls to help reduce dry-time in the dryer... and to NOT use those icky dryer sheets!

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  8. um... hi... I use cloth diapers!

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  9. Breastfeeding is green, right?? ;)

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  10. I already follow you on twitter, and tweeted about your giveaway... but, uh... I don't know how to link to a specific tweet...

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  11. Following you via GFC!
    aprile.mazey(at)gmail.com

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  12. I follow you on GFC
    bettimoe@gmail.com

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  13. I Visited Scott Naturals and took the 4 week test drive pledge

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  14. I don't use plastic or paper bags... I use my reusable bag to go shopping

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  15. I print coupons on both sides of the paper so I am not wasteful.

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  16. We carry around water bottles instead of buying the prepackaged ones. We have saved so much money also :)

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  17. We’ve replaced all our standard light bulbs with CFLs

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  18. Last summer, I was pretty much the only one on my block who didn’t water their lawn. Just ask my neighbors :)

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  19. Use only cloth napkins instead of paper

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  20. Use a reusable lunch box instead of using a paper or plastic bag

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  21. I'm a gfc follower.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  22. I took the pledge.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  23. Turn off the lights when you leave the room.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  24. Carpool!!

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  25. I took the 4 week test drive pledge.

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  26. I just became a GFC Follower as Charity. Please enter me in this giveaway:) Thanks!

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  27. I joined you on gfc
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  28. I took the Pledge!
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  29. Green Tip: Stop buying bottled water. Invest in several good reusable bottles and keep them filled in the refrigerator ready to grab and go.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  30. Green Tip: Use reusable shopping bags. I've begun to see them more and more at the grocery store, but how about other stores? I take mine everywhere--drug store, liquor store, Kohl's...everywhere. After unloading the bags, I hang them on the door knob, so that I will remember to take them with me next time I go.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  31. Green Tip: Buying and owning lots of "stuff" is not green even if the stuff you own are "green products." Stick to what you really need.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  32. I follow with gfc (pennywatcher)

    gmail.com, user pennywatcher

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  33. took the pledge

    gmail.com as user pennywatcher

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  34. follow and tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/hcwpw/status/58686037194584064

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  35. we switched out all our lightbulbs with the swirly ones.

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  36. we don't buy bottled water anymore, instead use stainless steel water canteens.

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  37. since living in Las Vegas we've got the whole conserve-water-since-we're-in-a-drought thing down. Get toothbrush wet, turn off faucet. brushbrushbrush, spit. Turn on faucet, rinse toothbrush and mouth. done.

    Also, super fast showers.

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  38. we buy materials that are sustainable as much as possible. (hemp diaper inserts, bamboo sheets)

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  39. I'm the annoying lady at the store with 45 of my own, reusable, shopping bags.

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  40. I tweeted http://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/59122519738826752

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  41. gfc follower kolpin
    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

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  42. Visited Scott Naturals and took the 4 week test drive pledge
    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

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  43. i bring my own mug to starbucks

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  44. Took the 4-week test drive pledge

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  45. I use a lot of flannel wipes to clean up my kiddos instead of wipes!

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  46. I use vinegar to clean a lot of my household surfaces!

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  47. I use re-usable grocery bags!

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  48. I brew my own coffee and take it with me when I go out of the house!! This saves me miles and fuel on my truck, saves my money and saves on disposable cups since I use my own!

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  49. i follow you via GFC (OF COURSE!)

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  50. Klean Kanteens!! They are awesome! The whole family loves them.

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