Fun Giveaway: Marcal Small Steps Home Starter Kit

As a person of a frugal, one of the first things I did to save money was to invest on a lot of towel rags for use in the kitchen.  However, I must admit that my home is not 100% free of paper towels.  As a person of a somewhat green mind, one thing I have done to “green” my use of paper towels is to use paper towels made from recycled paper not trees.

Marcal Small Steps products are made from the recycled paper collected in residential neighborhoods, office buildings, etc.  Marcal Small Steps takes something that may otherwise end up in landfill and turn it into something needed and useful to many.

Get it for Less, Possibly Free

The first time I tried Marcal Small Steps Products was back in late summer when I got them for free during a Kmart double Coupon event.  And well, it’s very easy to get them free since Marcal Small Steps often puts out coupons that make the single rolls free at many stores.  You too can get the single rolls for free by using the coupon that was in the Sunday newspaper from January 3rd, 2010.  If you did not get these coupons then maybe last week you printed the coupon for $1.25 off one pack of napkins that was available on Smartsource.  That should make the packs less than a dollar with a sale.  The coupon is not available now but hopefully they will release more coupons again soon.  If you are wondering what store near you carries Marcal Small Steps make sure to use the Store Locator tool on their website.

Win It!

Marcal Small Steps wants to give one of my readers the chance to give their products a try and has sponsored the giveaway of a Home Starter Pack.  The Winner of this giveaway will get one of each of the following Marcal Small Steps Products:

Dinner Napkins
180ct Napkin Drawstring Bag
Upright-80ct Facial Tissues
144ct Facial Tissues
Single Roll Giant Towel
1,000ct Bath Tissue
4 ct Bath Tissue 1000 ct
3 roll Regular towel

As you can see, the winner will get to try a wide array of Marcal Products.  How do you enter this giveaway?

1)  Leave a comment sharing  the small steps you have taken to become a “greener” person in your life.

2)  Follow me on Twitter and tweet the following:  “just entered to win a Marcal Small Steps Home Starter Kit via @commnsensemoney”

3) Become a Facebook Fan of Common Sense with Money and share this with your own Facebook Friends  “I just entered to win a Marcal Small Steps Home Starter Kit”

4)  Share about this giveaway with your own blog readers.  Remember to leave me a separate comment sharing the link to your post.

This way you can earn up to four entries. Just please remember to come back and leave me a separate comment for each additional action you have taken (leave comment, share on Twitter, share on Facebook, etc).

If you are reading this entry via email updates or via RSS reader please CLICK HERE to visit my blog to enter. Emailing me is not a valid entry for this giveaway. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. Please enter only if you are 18 years or older.  This giveaway ends on 1/16/2010 at 11AM CST.  At that time I will close the giveaway and select two winners randomly.

Marcal provided me with a home start kit  for myself as well as another kit to giveaway  for my participation in this promotion.

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  • Brianne

    I try to leave all the lights off and unplug electronics unless they are needed.

  • Heather G.

    This year I made a conscience effort to use re-useable bags at the grocery store and we recycled more in 2009 than any other year. The re-useable bags was easier than I thought, especially when I started getting pretty ones. 🙂

  • Colleen

    This year I have made a conscious effort to use reusable bags when I shop!

  • Lauren

    I try to take as many steps as possible: combining errands into one trip, turning off lights all the time, fixing drafts, keeping the heat low and the AC high, etc. Saves money and the environment! Oh, and of course, recycling 🙂

  • Lauren

    I follow you on Twitter @dopeymouse05 and just tweeted your giveaway.

  • sara t

    This year i started to walk to work. Then i bought a bike and was riding to work when it was warm out.I wanted to save money and gas and the environment. I will again next year

  • Lina

    I have started recycling =)

  • Beth

    We always recycle. Turning off lights and making sure to turn off the water while brushing our teeth. Bringing milk to work in a coffee cup with a lid and not buying the little cartons.

  • cara martin

    I recycle everything I can, and I also try and use reusable bags when I shop!

  • Terrae D.

    This year I want to continue my efforts to be as green as possible: reusable bags, recycle, CFLs, buy recycled products, green cleaning products, etc.

  • Andrea


  • Laura J.

    We recycle everything we possibly can. We don’t have curbside pick up of our recyclables, so we have to take them about 6 miles away to recycle…but we are dedicated. And we buy CFLs only…especially with all the great deals on them lately.

  • brea

    We save cans to recycle.

  • Terri L

    For Christmas I bought my boys refillable water bottles. They take these to school now instead of bottled water. I also reuse gift bags.

  • Maria R

    I have recycling. Also a tip i heard on tv about dryer sheets. You can save them and the next time you smear your clothes of deororant(i hate that!!) you can use the used drier sheets to take it of. I just started doing this.

  • Kim

    I made cloth napkins and placemats to cut down on paper napkin usage. I recycled Christmas cards into gift tags for next year. I’d love to try these products.

  • kara

    we recycle everything we can + i always use re-useable bags when i shop! if i forget my reuseable bags i make myself (+ 9 year old daughter, if she’s with me) carry everything out without a bag!!! i haven’t been willing to give up paper towels, tissues or paper napkins ~ though i’d love to try a greener version of all the above!!! 🙂

  • Sandy

    We recycle EVERYTHING! This kids know the drill now. Even if it’s a tiny piece of paper, they know to put in the recycling bin.

  • Lee Ann

    I jogged with a girl friend that on garbage day would go through and sort people’s garbage to their recycle bin. I have since learned alot thru her. I now am taking shorter showers, have taught my 4 children to recycle in our blue bin and bring my own bag to the grocery store. Little by little, WE can do it!!

  • Kristy

    We’ve become huge recyclers and also try to unplug electronics when not in use.

  • Sara

    I save my junk mail and use the reply envelopes for grocery lists and then once I’m done shopping I recycle the envelope.

  • elena

    Reusable bags and recycling almost everythin possible!!

  • Summer

    I don’t use paper towels.

  • Selena

    I use reusable bags for our grocery shopping, and use washcloths instead of paper towels whenever possible. We always unplug appliances and lower the heat when we’re not around, in addition to recycling. It’s great that being green is a conscious thought now!

  • Kara

    I use (almost exclusively) cloth bags at the grocery store, Wags, etc. I have also cut back on napkins and other paper products used in our house.

  • gwen marshall

    my small steps that i take are purchasing green totes from cvs and other places that I shop and using those instead of plastic bags. Or i encourage cashiers to put more items in fewer bags while bagging up groceries.

  • Suzie

    We recycle everything and have cut our garbage in half.

  • Jackie Griebel

    I have quit using paper towels for my cleaning. I use washcloths that I throw in the washer.

  • shortsorceress

    I have quit using commercial cleaning products and found natural recipes that work pretty well. I use vinegar to clean the windows combine 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar, and up to 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap or detergent in a spray bottle. I also use reusable grocery bags or old plastic bags I have laying around the house.

  • Amy Cocheo

    Stopped buying 24 pack of water in bottles. Purchased one good water bottle at Target and keep refilling it.

  • Nancy B

    I’m trying to use reusable bags at the grocery store etc. That can add up to a lot of bags! Also I figure at $.05 a bag using 5 bags a week can save $50.00 in a year! My husband thinks I’m crazy.

  • Eunice B

    we use cold water for our laundry and hang it outside on nice days to dry or inside on drying racks

  • I use paper till it is full…use the back of printed paper to print coupons on and use as a notepad.

  • Shawna P/

    We recycle!

  • Eunice B

    i tweeted :-)

  • Kelly Perry

    cloth napkins

  • Courtney

    I do not buy bottle water but instead fill a aluminin bottle with water to take to work. I also take my own bags shopping.

    Thanks for the offer!

  • I’ve been using reusable bags, and I also bought several water bottles which I use rather than buying bottled water. This saves money and plastic.

  • I use every spare inch of my paper!

  • I’m a fb fan.

  • I use my own bags and we recycle everything

  • Rachel

    Reuse my water bottles instead of throwing them away after one use.

  • Carrie

    i’m switching to more organic products

  • julia

    We’ve just started using cloth diapers!

  • 2000-2010 we have really been making a conscious effort to recycle and to cut down on the use of energy. we now do laundry in cold water, we recycle cans, paper, bottle,cardboard etc, we’ve also begun using rain water to was our hair

  • jaime

    recycle EVERYTHING!

  • Samantha

    We recycle and I try to find people that want things we want to get rid of so they are reused instead of in the landfill.

  • Josefina

    I’m going to try to use less bottled water.

  • Robin

    I recycle as much as possible, use reusable bags for shopping, use as few paper plates and paper towels as possible, use recycled paper in my printer, don’t buy bottled water.

  • Christy

    I recycle what I can. This year I’m much better about remembering to recycle paper. What a great giveaway!

  • pheobie

    Our neighborhood does not offer a recycling program; however, we have started taking our paper items to fundraising bins located at nearby churches and schools. We are supporting our community AND helping the planet.

  • staceyk

    we compost our produce scraps

  • Melissa

    Using green bags at the grocery store!

  • jaime


  • Caroline K

    I’ve committed to using my reusable grocery bags this year even if it means leaving my cart in the store for a few minutes while I run to my car to get them

  • Christy

    I’m a facebook fan and I shared! Thanks!

  • Marianne Morris

    I follow you on Twitter and Facebook. Love this site and the giveaways. Thanks so much for all you do!!

  • Pauline

    I have done soooo much,I use all reusable bags when shopping(keep in car so I don’t forget), have been recycling for years, turn off electronics at the powercord when not in use, use less paper towels(old wash clothes for all cleaning) compost, all paper down to envelopes and fold cereal boxes to recycle. There’s more but Iwill stop and hope I win his.THANKS

  • Maureen

    I have always wanted to try Marcal and always see the coupons for a free roll–but I’ve searched their website for a store within 120 miles (which would include both Louisville and Cincinnati) and they say there are none. Where do you typically find single rolls?

  • jaime


  • K

    We recycle and repurpose absolutely everything we can…

  • Joy

    Love those reusable bags!! (especially the ones w/ extra incentives ~ like CVS) As long as I can remember to get them out of the car before shopping, I come home w/o any extra, unnessary plastic!
    Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!
    ~ Joy 🙂

  • Erin

    I recycle as much as possible. However, I have a long way to go!

  • Joy

    I follow on Twitter.

  • chelpa

    we quit buying bottled water, started recycling and only make 1 shopping trip per week to cut down on gas……

  • Joy

    (oops…) and I just tweeted your giveaway!! This is the 2nd 1/2 of my “i follow on twitter comment” ~ pressed submit comment too soon.
    🙂 🙂

  • Ann

    I try and use as many natural products as I can.

  • Joy

    I’m a fan on Facebook and I shared your giveaway w/ all my FB friends!!

  • Norka Torres

    I am a recycling monster! I recycle everything, I even get my husband and toddlers into it. I also have a large stash of reusable bags for shopping!

  • Ann

    I twitted about this giveaway.

  • Yanira

    I have been using more kitchen towels to clean up. And using cloth napkins as well, sometimes none at all.

  • Sarah B.

    I try to only get out about twice a week. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Yanira

    I just posted in Facebook!

  • Divya

    I recycle, use cloth bags, use my junk mail as one sided paper

  • I started using reusable shopping bags at the store.

  • neljo mullins

    I recycle and use cloth bags at most stores.

  • Joy
  • We recycle everything and I try very hard to remember to use my own bags at the store… I still sometimes forget to take them in with me but keeping them in the car has been really helpful..

  • Cristina G

    i wash and reuse my plastic baggies.

  • MaryCatherine

    I use earth friendly cleaning products that I make myself 🙂

  • neljo mullins

    i shared giveaway on Twitter

  • Jennifer H

    I have to say I’ve always tried to be green since I was somewhere in my teens. My parents always recycled and when my hubby and I purchased our 1st home-I called up the city and asked for recycling bins. I even recycle for family members that do not have pick up recycling offered in their area. I have also been faithfully using the grocery store cloth bags for some time now.

  • neljo mullins

    i shared giveaway on Facebook

  • Jennifer H

    Fb fan of yours

  • kristi

    my husband uses plastic containers for his lunch instead of using baggies…=)

  • Melanie B.

    I, too, recycle as much as possible, especially the plastic shopping bags. I try to use re-usable bags whenever possible.

  • We recycle all we can, have a compost pile, and use reusable bags.

  • Jennifer H
  • Kristina L.

    This year I have tried to unplug electronics that are not in use. I already use reusable bags.

  • We recycle as much as we can reuse as much as we can. I use old jars and containers for food storage and other storage around the house. I also have been more diligent about taking my reusable bags to the grocery store.

  • Becky

    use cloth bags for grocery shopping

  • Olga

    Recycle and Reuse. Before anything gets thrown away, we look to see if there is any value to it…we donate items, we share them with neighbors, we think of creative new uses. a big one has been using reusable bags…they are always in the car ready for the store. even when i forget to bring them in, i ask the cashier not to bag my items, and i place them in the bags when i get to the car.

  • Rhonda

    We use cloth bags for grocery shopping, and we use washable containers rather than plastic baggies as much as possible.

  • Jen

    I try to use washable towels to clean up the counters with instead of paper towels and I reuse my plastic bags from the grocery store for garbage. I’m a good recycler, too!

  • Angela G

    Recycling bottles and cans

  • nil

    I use reusable bags to my shopping, and I am recycling.

  • Courtney

    We use reuseable shopping bags for our groceries and try to buy recycled paper/plastic products when possible.

  • D

    I would love to win!!!!!

  • I use green bags at the grocery store!

  • D

    I’m a FB fan but I’m fairly new so I don’t have any friends…. So if this comment doesn’t count then go ahead and delete it 🙂

  • Diane G

    Using cloth bags while grocery shopping, shorter showers, fewer paper towels, hanging clothes out to dry in the summer.

  • Julie Nguy

    I don’t use paper towels. I use a wash cloth to wipe down my counters and tables.

  • Stephen

    We use reusable bags for our grocery shopping, use cloth diapers with our new baby, and shop as much as possible at the local farmers market.

  • We have begun composting rather than throwing away kitchen scraps. Now we are helping our environment and my garden.

  • Sarah H

    We have tried to reduce the amout of paper towels we use, and use rags and hand towels instead. We also started taking stuff to the recycling bin as we don’t have a recycling program that will come pick our stuff up.

  • I am a Twitter follower.

  • I am a Facebook friend

  • Maria Perez

    I have started leaving my grocery bags in the car so I don’t get to the store and forgot them. I also am bery good about turning off all the lights.

  • I take my newspapers to the local recycle bin.

  • theresa g

    recycle, cloth grocery bags, reusable snack bags for the kids, water pitcher for the fridge instead of bottle water and I use mostly smart steps for my paper products. Love them!

  • Tina

    I rewash plastic spoons & forks.

  • I’ve Tweeted about the giveaway. I am @proverbswife on Twitter. I haven’t figured out how to retrieve a direct link to my tweets yet.

  • Jen F

    I love this brand of napkins and paper towels! I myself have been trying to cut down on the amount of paper towels we use and have had some success. Using this brand is another way to help my going green attempt!!

  • Barbara

    I became a fan on Facebook.

  • Megan

    We moved to a new City which doesn’t offer recycling for apartment complexes. My husband and I have been collecting our recyclables in large tubs and going every few months when we can to drop them off at centers or recycling events hosted by the City. We also use exclusively reusable bags, I have a small one that fits in my purse for times when I’m out and have forgotten all of them. Also, if it’s a single item and they start to bag it I will just tell them I don’t need one and carry stuff out to the car. We had one car only until November but I generally carpool or bus to and from work. When we have kids we are going to use cloth diapers. I am committed to doing the little things because together they can make a big difference. Next I’m going to transition to “greener” cleaners – vinegar is great I’ve heard.

    • Barbara

      Go to and check out their cloth diapers. I have been giving them as gifts at baby showers!

  • Vickie JOnes

    Love that the Military Commissary carries this brand…I’m not using plastic bags for lunch and chips etc, a small investment in tupperware and rubbermade took care of that

    CFLs in the house

    Ride sharing whenever possible

    I’m really working hard on remembering to take my bags into a store to utilze those instead of plastic, but alas I need more work on that

  • Lea

    I garden, compost, hang out my clothes during the warmer months (dry many in the basement during the cold months), try to find a reusable option for anything disposable, and track my kilowatt and therm usage to name a few. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Barbara

    I switched to glass straws. I have them at home and in a toothbrush holder in my car. Less plastic in the landfills! Yeah!
    I found those plus my organic detergent and dryer balls on I wonderful website for all your Green needs!

  • alh1203

    Pour extra liquids on the plants/yard instead of putting them down the drain

  • alh1203
  • Fran K

    Last year I stopped using my clothes dryer. I hang all wash outside or on a line in my basement. I also stopped buying most paper products except for toilet paper! I make my own greeting cards and wrap all presents by recycling junk mail and packaging material that I receive.

  • Tammi

    I reuse foaming soap containers for dish soap and hand soap. When they get empty I just fill them back up with water mixed in with 2 tablespoons of soap and it’s worked just fine!

  • Jenn

    Hi! Thanks for this great opportunity. My family and I recycle religiously and are very conscious of what we use. We try and keeps the lights off as much as possible, take shorter showers, and buy as many “green” products as possible.


  • Bonnie

    We take our own bags to the store.

  • Robin D

    use reusable bags when I shop!

  • Ashley B

    We recycle, we shut the lights off when not in use and replaced bulbs to CFLs, don’t use the dryer in the summer, we also have our own garden and can our own veges and fruits.

  • Kathleen

    Like you, I use cloth rags, but I still keep paper towels around. Keeping them less accessible really cuts down on my use. I took down my paper towel holder, and now I keep them under the sink, on the shelf, so I’m more likely to grab a dishtowel or a rag for a spill now, as I make sure they are handier.

  • Pam B.

    I have been trying to go a little “greener” by using the recyclable bags, and watching our water and energy usage around the house. I am going to eventually set up a system to start separating out plastics, etc.

  • Jaime S.

    I actually use some of the Small Steps products already, we have all CFL bulbs in our home , recycle, turn down the heat when we aren’t home, also have our own garden, always use reusable bags to shop and are trying to (slowly, but trying) to switch over our applicances to better energy star rated applicances.

  • Diana

    I hung a clothes line in my back yard this summer and hung almost all my clothes on it.

  • Pam B.

    I have become a fan on facebook!

  • j

    We hang our clothes to dry whenever possible!

  • Robin D

    I follow you on Twitter @BogoBandit and just tweeted your giveaway

  • Shawn

    I am recycling everything possible

  • Ellie

    we have been focusing on using home made cleaning products (vinegar, water, baking soda) instead of buying prepared cleaners.

  • Sol

    I don’t ever buy trash bags, and instead use the plastic bags I get when grocery shopping

  • KellyH

    We have started (oh a year ago now I guess) recycling paper, plastics, cardboard, etc. We live in the country, but there is a recycle container in town. So we save it and haul it in once a week or so. I figure we save at least between 1/2 and 1 garbage can every two weeks, and usually more. It’s amazing how the stuff piles up.


  • KellyH

    I am a facebook fan! That’s where I read about the contest!


  • I use cloth bags and have just about quit using paper towels.

  • I am a FB fan

  • Robin D
  • lisa

    we recycle anything we can!

  • Grateful Guest

    I made a challenge to my family to go green at Christmas. I made reusable gift sacks from fabric. They were really nice. My daughter has a black and red living room, so I made black sacks with black and white polka dot top bands. I closed the top with a rubber band, which made a flower out of the polka dot material and then tied my cute sacks with a reusable ribbon. The sacks took about a day to make. The grand kids return them to Grammi for more loot.

    I would love to try these products. I have been going green big time.

  • Adrienne

    Many things…using reusable bags at the stores, switched to energy efficent bulbs, making my own cleaners and recycling every piece of paper and mixed recyclables we can!

  • valina

    I have been wanting to try these. I often have the coupons but can never find a store that carries them near me. 🙁

  • Kristi

    I use reusable bags about 90% of the time when I shop, I made my own “swiffer duster”, I make my own homemade cleaners and we try to recycle a lot more than we ever have.

  • Kathleen

    started doing many for being green, canvas grocery bags, more efficient applicances, work from home, recylce so much they actually dropped off another bin at my house!!!!

  • Jarae

    I too am trying to cut back on the paper towels. I try using hand towels more in the kitchen. Not only does this make things greener, but paper towels get to be expensive.

  • Cassie

    I recycle everything our recycling center accepts. I even take my coworkers recyclable home with me to drop off at the recycling center. I use reusable bags at the grocery store. I unplug appliances when I am not using them. I use brita filters and bpa free, stainless steel water bottles instead of bottled water. I also use “Blackle” instead of Google.

  • Randi

    I requested an extra recycle bin (and received it!) from the city. We are conscious to fill them up!

  • Lisa

    doing errands on the same day, and I have started cooking more than one meal at a time!

  • Joan

    Have never tried this product. Would be very inerested to see the quality.

  • Randi

    I’m a Facebook fan and just shared your link with my friends.

  • Amy Wildman

    Our family recycles anything our local garbage center will take. I also buy lunch meats in the plastic reusable Zip loc or Glad containers. Thanks

  • rachel

    i keep the heat down to 61 in the day, 59 at night. use only cold water to wash clothes. am diligent about recycling, and we have re-usable napkins in the kitchen.

  • rachel

    i subscribe via facebook.

  • Kevin

    I have been using reusable bags at grocery stores to reduce plastic bag usage.

  • Cheryl

    We recycle, take short showers, turn off the water while brushing teeth, and use cloth shopping bags. Thanks!

  • Sonya

    We recycle all of our paper and try to use reusable shopping bags as much as possible.

  • Susan Laura

    I have been bringing my reusable bags to stores, we recycle far more than we throw away and I try to keep our furnace set at no more than 65 in the winter.

  • i have tried to recycle my waste more and to reduce my use of paper products in my home … and when i do have to buy them, to buy recycled products instead

  • Wendi P

    I use reusable bags each time I shop and I have been making an effort to use small reusable bags for my kids snacks and sandwiches in their lunch boxes.

  • Lana

    We haven’t done a whole lot yet. But I use reusable totes when I shop, and those times where we do get plastic bags, I reuse those as garbage bags. We try not to use paper towels, and we recycle EVERYTHING we can!

  • i tweeted (aprilemery)

  • Wendi P

    I follow you on twitter (WendiP) and tweeted:

  • Kari

    I try to buy as much organic food as I can afford to, and we always use Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent. We recycle, and only make shopping trips once a week to cut down on the extra “errand” trips.

  • Bear

    I started using reusable bags.

    • Bear

      I subscribe via RSS.

  • Samantha

    I use reusable bags for shopping and for our lunches.I also recycle.

  • pamela

    never use plastic bags at the grocery store…always bring my own!

  • Jill

    My mother in law has taught me how much I can truly toss in the recycling bin, so I’m being more ruthless with the things I recycle this year.

  • Cherie

    We’re composting, and will be using the results to grow as much of our own veg as we can this year! 🙂

  • lis piquette

    i wash almost everything in cold,we use reusable towls when we can and cloth napkins

  • James

    Using more reusable bags.
    Installing better light bulbs.
    Washing clothes on cold setting.

  • Mia

    I recycle almost everything, from the inside of the paper towel rolls to toilet paper rolls.

  • Oksana

    In our family we try to be green as much as we can – recycling, carpooling, reusing… Reusable bags are great, but sometimes if I get plastic – if I don’t have enough reusable, well… it happens to me sametimes – I use it as trashbag in small bins,like in the bathrooms.

  • Morgan

    We do our best to recycle all our paper products… i even send out my exipired coupons to the military families!!

  • caroline

    i recycle cans and bottles and bring bags to all my grocery stores and drugstores! every little action counts 🙂

  • Heather

    we bought a new house.. and now recycle

  • Catherine

    I use cloth and net bags when shopping, and we take advantage of our city’s excellent curbside recycling program.

  • Renee S.

    We reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever possible. I use reusable bags and recycle cans, bottles, plastic. We have curbside recycling that we use for newspapers & cardboard, & the kids & I take in the other recyclables for money.

  • sarah

    Follow you on twitter. Just tweeted about the giveaway.

  • Sarah

    The most recent thing I have done to become greener is to put recycle cans all over our house, so I don’t have an excuse to throw something away that is recyclable. We have cans in the kitchen, office, master bathroom. I keep them right next to the trash can, so it is just as easy to recycle as to throw away. I have also FINALLY gotten my husband to start recycling consistently. Woo hoo!

  • Tassie Montgomery

    We have made packing our lunches greener. We use all reusable items. No more plastic sandwich bags. This has cut our cost and our foot print 🙂

  • Stacy

    Our family recycles almost everything our city will pick up and we reuse all those plastic bags we get from stores and use reusable bags when we can. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • We recycle everything we can, and use lots of cfl bulbs, thanks

  • Miranda S.

    Recycle, wash laundry in cold water, reusable shopping bags.

  • Amanda

    The small steps I have taken to lead a greener life are as follows:

    I found a route to work each day that is a lot of downhill (and very little traffic) to preserve gas/emissions.
    I plant a vegetable garden every spring – this food is VERY local!
    I have become a vegan to cut back on overall meat consumption.
    I use reusable grocery bags.
    I recycle my newspapers every week.
    I use an aluminum water bottle.
    I buy the majority of our clothes at a secondhand store (instead of new)
    I put an egg timer in my bathroom to cut down on shower time.

    These are only a few examples of the many steps I have taken to lead a greener life. Thanks for the green giveaway!!

  • Joyce

    I use newspapers to wash windows, cut up old towels for cleaning rags, and still use cloth diapers to clean eyeglasses and delicate items.

    We recycle diligently but still use some paper products.

  • Kris

    No more plastic water bottles. We bought a 5 gallon container and refill it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • shared on facebook:


  • Kris

    I follow via email!

  • Melissa

    I have taken many steps to a “greener” life. Here are a few examples: plant a garden and can all my extra produce, use old towels/washcloths for cleaning rags, buy most clothing from tag sales/thrift stores or consignment, handmade gifts, make my own green cleaners, use the solar dryer most of the time.

  • Linda Kish

    We always recycle. I am trying to get the other household members to shut off lights when they are done in the room.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  • Alex Houston

    we recycle as much as possible – newspapers, cans, plastic bottles & we use cloth bags for our groceries.

  • Jan

    We do recycle newspapers at a collection site. Have made purchases of the Marcal products.

  • Lisa Thornton

    In the past year we have become much greener. We now recycle, use cloth napkins, dry clothes outside during warmer weather, and use power strips to eliminate vampire energy.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • carrie

    I use reusable grocery bags, air-dry most of our clothes, turn off lights when not in use, and recycle as much as possible. This past christmas I purchased some toys for the kids that were made from recycled material.

  • Dan S.

    I started recycying at work.

  • Monica

    I try to be as “green” as possible. I recyle, use reusable bags when I go shopping, and use CFL light bulbs.

  • pennyscents

    I started using old t-shirts to clean windows. I used to go through 1-2 rolls of paper towel every time I cleaned. Now I go through very little. Saves money, and the environment!

  • pennyscents

    I posted on Facebook!

  • Sarah A.

    I try to use reusable bags when I shop and I try to use paper towels sparingly using a rag instead.

  • Diana

    We take extremely short showers to conserve water.

  • Susan

    We recycle everything we can, and always take bags to the grocery store. Now I’m working on getting my DH to also take bags when he goes.
    I learned frugality from my parents and grandparents, who came of age in the Great Depression and World War II eras.

  • Vanessa

    We turn all of our cardboard cereal/cracker boxes inside out and let our toddlers use them to finger paint on before we recycle them!

  • Laura

    I hid my paper towels, and try to use only cloth for cleaning, etc.

  • Anne Marie

    My big project is to end the use of paper towels – such a waste – and cloth is so much better.

  • Katherine

    We make sure to turn lights and appliances off when not in use, and we recycle what we can.

  • Cricket

    the latest green effort has been collecting all the water that was run while waiting on the hot water to make it to the tap. I haven’t started my laundry day without a washer full of water in several months.

  • We just bought some great stainless steel water bottles to use instead of plastic. They are awesome.

  • Donna Graham

    Here at my house we recycle every week (curbside) and return bottles and cans to the grocery store. We use green bags for groceries. I also make sure the heat is turned down when I leave for work.

  • Kristen

    I use green bags for everything. I keep them in my trunk and take them in the store all the time to get rid of those plastic bags!

  • Cindy G.

    Our family recycles our plastic, newspapers, cardboard, and several other items at a local school. The school gets the proceeds from the collected items.

  • Leticia

    At work I have placed several boxes around the office for every one to recycle paper instead of throwing it in the trash. Every couple of months I call this person I met through freecycle and she picks it up for her daughter that is a school teacher. The kids in the class use this paper for coloring, projects, drawings etc and when they are done with it they recycle it also.

  • Candace

    I have some reusable shopping bags that I TRY to remember to take in with me to the grocery store. I also put in a vegetable garden this year.

    Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  • Sarah G

    I started cloth diapering my daughter to be a little “greener.” 🙂

  • Sarah G

    I’m following you on Twitter and tweeted:

  • Lori S

    I recycle every bit of paper around the house. I have even taken my neighbors boxes and put with my recycling since they do not recycle.


  • Darcy

    I bring reusable bags with me whenever I shop and try to recycle everything I can.

  • I’ve been recycling and composting – even started composting with worms to eat all our food and paper trash. Then it goes on the garden. Great fruit this year!

  • Darcy

    I’m a Facebook fan, too!

  • Does being a fan on Faacebook get me another chance? Yes, I’m a facebook fan also.

  • Diana

    I try to avoid using plastic and we recycle everything we can.

  • I use fabric bags for shopping and recycle tons. I actually ordered an additional recycle bin from the town I live in as one was not enough:) I’d love to try out the Marcal paper products. I have not seen them at the stores I shop at.

  • Instead of buying bottled water, I bought a water pitcher with a filter.

  • Melody Carpenter

    I recycle of course! I also use old papers and junk mail that I get and print my coupons on the back! I also use fabric bags for all my shopping needs!

  • Anita

    I purchased a Brita water pitcher so I can refill empty water bottles.

  • Melody Carpenter

    I’m a facebook fan!

  • bberg

    we recyle everything we can! Including composting, fabric bags plus recyling at home.

  • Talia

    I am recylcling more and not using as many paper towels as well.

  • scottsgal

    We try to use as many green cleaning products as possible

  • joan

    just doing our part to keep reusables out of the landfill

  • Pat

    We recycle our newspapers, paper bags, plastic bags, aluminum cans, use aluminum drinking bottles, and use reusable shopping bags

    wirefox1 at cox dot net

  • Melanie

    I use resuable grocery bags, I don’t buy water bottles, I refill my own.

  • Jennifer

    I use reusable bags wherever I go. We recycle everything possible.

  • Latifa

    I’ve started collecting all of my lids to take to whole foods for recycling and trying to make an effort to not forget my totes for groceries.

  • bucksaver

    I recycle everything that I can. It really adds up in a week’s time. I also use reusable fabric bags when shopping.

  • Jessie C.

    To name just one,-We always use our own shopping totes!

  • Jessie C.

    @tcarolinep twitter follower and tweet.

  • Jessie C.

    FB fan@tcarolinep JessieKatie S. and shared.

  • Jessie C.
  • wendy

    We reuse bags at grocery stores. We also garden, make most of our own cleaning supplies, and reuse & recycle. I recently tried a Marcall product and liked it. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  • i tweeted and follow you on twitter. @kelcoled

  • Anna D.

    I use the shopping bags I get from the stores as my own trash can liners.

  • Kimberly

    I carry my reusuable shopping bags with me.
    We don’t use plastic water bottles anymore.
    Cut down on the use of gift wrap. Use reusable fabric instead.
    Use energy saving bulbs and unplug items when not in use.

  • Lisa

    I use reusable grocery bags.

  • Anna D.

    I tweeted!


  • i use reuseable bags and recycle everything i can

  • Michelle

    I started a recycling center at my school where I teach.

  • Maura

    We have only fluorescent bulbs, we use reusable bags for groceries, etc and we are an essentially paper-free home (although I’d love to win this giveaway!).

  • April Taylor

    I would love to win this. We use cfls, no paper towels, reecycled toilet paper, biodegradable trash bags, and cloth diapers when possible.

  • I’ve started using reusable bags when shopping and recycling more. I also have a clothes line ready to be put up … just waiting for spring thaw 🙂

  • Amy

    I’ve been using a lot of reusable bags and I’ve been stocking up on towels and trying to use them instead of paper towels.

  • Sue D

    I recycle, compost, and use reusable shopping bags.

  • Jennifer B

    use wash rags instead of paper towels, recycle-curbside, turning lights off when not in room

  • haely

    We recycle and use cfl bulbs and turn them off when not in use

  • Laura

    I reuse everything before I recycle it: printer paper, Ziploc bags, you name it, if it’s reusable then it’s saved! I can’t tell you how much money I’ve saved just by printing coupons on the back side of scrap paper and other things.


    I joined and posted the link to get more people involved. Wish we could find this in our area! Maybe soon.

  • Laura
  • Stephanie Kirk

    I use the back of old papers from my kid’s homework to print coupons on the back of them. I sell my old books and magzines to a book store to get a trade in for more books to read.

  • Stephanie Kirk

    I am a fb fan!

  • Aimee

    I use reusable bags and do a lot of cleaning with microfiber cloths instead of chemicals.

  • Allison M.

    We use Shaklee products, recycle, I use green bags whenever I shop and I try to reuse anything I can think of…my son’s leftover water from his lunch box goes into the dogs’ bowl etc. THANKS!

  • I use my reusable bags pretty regularly, unless I need paper/plastic bags to re-use (e.g., that’s how I pack my donations). I also try to use reusable plastic containers instead of zip top bags, since I don’t wash those.

  • I also tweeted the giveaway . Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Stacey

    I have started using reusable grocery bags when I go grocery shopping!

  • TracyZ

    we’ve been doing a lot of little things for a long time. years ago I switched to buying only energy efficient light bulbs. When they were still very expensive. I love my reusable shopping bags and the stores are great for giving you 5 cents to use them. I’m always telling the kids to turn off the water while they brush their teeth. Maybe somedays they will actually think about it without me reminding them. I take all our old clothes to friends or goodwill because even the oldest most discusting things get reused as rags in factory that I work. I try not to use plastic bottles of water and sodas but on the rare occation that I do I am sure to use it at least 3 times before I recycle it. Then recycling all the aluminum, paper, glass, plastic and metals whenever possible. We have been recycling more than we throw away for a long time. even with (at one point 3 children in disposable diapers). I’m just not committed enough or financially able to go to a diaper service at this point in my life and i am NOT going to do that at home. I’d rather be home with the kids than working for diapers. Sorry for the diapers in the landfills. but I digress. we’ve been trying for many years and these reused towels are a great Idea. This week our drier died and I’m looking around for an energy efficient one. All these little things make such a big difference in the long run.

  • Lindsay

    I’ve really started making a huge effort to recycle. I find myself shouting “NO!” Whenever I see someone starting to throw a can in the garbage. We’ve sort of made it into a game at my house! I also joined recycle bank & will be looking for more ways to “go green” in this new year!

  • Mila

    going green by the 3-R principle: reduce, reuse & recycle.

  • JMark

    We are buying less, and when we do buy, we try to get it used first to minimize waste. We also are trying to buy food from the bulk section to reduce all of the packaging waste!

  • erika h.

    I always try to make my own reusable bags to the grocery store so I don’t have to use their plastic bags!

  • Kathryn

    we use the reusable shopping bags all the time as well as trying to limit how often we use paper products in our kitchen. We are not paperless but we are trying.

  • Ysenia Ramirez

    I buy only green products and I have been using reusable tote bags for grocery shopping.

  • Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}

    We make our life greener by regularly recycling everything possible. We also use CFLs, Energy Star appliances, and reusable shopping bags. We combine driving trips to save mileage — and turn things like lights off when not in use. *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  • Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}

    Following on Twitter and Tweeted

  • Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}

    Facebook fan and shared on Facebook

  • Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}


  • Ale Oliver

    Recycle when we can-paper, envelopes, magazines; donate;

  • Ale Oliver

    FB fan

  • I’m trying to can my own soups as much as I can (reuse jars instead of lots of cans ending up in landfills…healthier for you too).

    I use reusable shopping bags

    I try to stay home as much as possible, being a stay at home mom, which cuts down gas consumption.

    I am trying to use less paper towels and instead use more regular towels.

    I use cloth diapers (although in all honesty that was more for the total savings and comfort for my children then worrying about being more green).

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I’m also a Facebook fan. Erika Buswell.

  • Ale Oliver
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  • Lori

    I try to use reusable bags every chance I get.

  • Danielle Spence

    I do the norms like recycle, use my reuseable bags. I keep the thermostat waaaay down to 62-65, got my lite bulbs.

    What I am most proud of, I have made my own napkins we use instead of paper and I now making my own ziploc storage bags. Frugal and enviromental!

  • We recycle, dry clothes on the clothesline and use CFLs.

  • Rebecca

    We have begun using cloth diapers and just paying attention to the types of toys we buy.

  • We reuse, recycle, and do not waste energy (or money!).

  • I tweeted:


  • Virginia

    I use cloth bags for shopping, switched to energy efficient light bulbs, cut down on driving, hang out clothes when possible. Recycle.
    Use plastic on windows and floor guard on door to save on heating. Pull plugs on items not in use to save on electric.

  • Sarah Thompson

    We use cloth diapers.

  • Sarah Thompson

    Facebook fan!

  • Sarah Thompson

    I tweeted!

  • sherry p

    I have really opened my eyes about going green. no plastic for me. less shower time. more candles, less electricity. more reuseable towels. lot more.

  • Kristin

    This year I started using resusable bags when I shop.

  • julie b

    The only time I get a paper bag is when school start and we need to cover books or to recycle the newspaper. Plastic bags the only good thing is to get the kids feet out of the boots. Otherwise i carry my own bags.

  • Martha

    I am pretty good about using reusable shopping bags, we keep our thermostat set on 65 degrees in the winter and 80 degrees in the summer, we recycle aluminum and paper, we are careful to minimize our electricity usage, we combine trips to minimize gasoline usage.


    I hang my laundry instead of using the dryer

  • I have been reusing the plastic bags from the supermarkets and I also purchased some reusable bags


  • I became a friend on facebook and shared the contest

  • some of the ways we have become “greener” are: we use our own bags when we shop, try to turn out the lights in the rooms we don’t need them in, keep our heat turned down in the cold wisconsin winter

  • We recycle everything!

  • Became fan on Facebook & changed my status.

  • Tweeted!

  • Laura

    We have recycling bins set up in our kitchen pantry

  • I would like to try the products. I have only been able to find the paper towels. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kerry Bolender

    we recycle, turn off our lights, make sure the computers are shut off after each use,