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Speak Up: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - FitSugar Tote Bag Giveaway

Please note - the winner has been selected. Details to follow. Thanks to everyone who participated.

I am always looking for ways to help out Mother Earth - you know the mantra Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. So in celebration of Earth Day which is coming up on the 22nd (that is this Sunday) I want to know what you do to cut down on the amount of waste you make. We are all trying to be environmentally friendly and I am sure we can all learn from each other. Awwww....

Comment below and you might win this great FitSugar tote bag to use when you go to the grocery store instead of plastic bags (that never break down) or paper bags (poor trees).

To enter the contest for the giveaway all you need to do is leave a comment below about how you reduce, reuse or recycle. I will randomly select the winner by Friday, April 20th by 2pm PST.

Good luck!!!! I can't wait to hear what you have to say.

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Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
cdanzer23....I just started a compost, too. I love it. I even save my tea bags at work to take home...and coffee grounds...and newspaper. I got a tip from Ideal Bite not too long ago about cat litter. I had no idea regular litter was so bad for the earth. Haha...I bring that up, because one organic brand suggested you could compost it. Yes...the litter maybe, but not the 'additives'! Ew.
Keri1 Keri1 10 years
I am a Kindergarten Teacher and I always tell my students that, when they have snack, to eat their healthy snacks, becasue it makes their brains grow bigger. Also, they make rafts out of everything that they can find in the classroom. From scraps on the floor, to the saryn wrap that their snack has been wrapped in. I just thought that I would share these ways that I am "molding" the minds of tommorow. :) Keri
intel intel 10 years
I... -reuse plastic grocery bags for trash bags, lunch sacks, library books -reuse paper bags for book covers -use flourescent lightbulbs -turn down the heat during the winter and bundle up instead -take the bus most days of the week -reuse gift bags -reuse old giftwrap for scrapbooking
cdanzer23 cdanzer23 10 years
This past weekend I attended a free composting workshop through our recycling program and bought a composting bin. My parents have been recycling and composting since the 60s, so now that I have a house, I'm following their example. Fruit peels, vegetables, egg shells, etc all go into the compost now instead of the garbage. Since I recycle so many things, I'm wondering if the only thing in my garbage now will be kitty litter.
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
Yay we saved 100 000 plastic bags on Wednesday in Singapore and cut down 60% on plastic bags! Woooooo.
GirlC GirlC 10 years
This bag would be great for not only the grocery store but for me to tote my lunch in. Or my running shoes for the gym. Or my bathing suit for the pool!
smarler smarler 10 years
I don't recycle as much as I should, I'll admit. I do recycle all the cardboard and paper that comes into my house (junk mail, soda cases, etc) and I do recycle the bags from the grocery store. Winning this bag would give me a nice start to not using the grocery store bags at all!
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
My boyfriend and I are kind of obsessed with trying to make our home as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible! We recycle every product that our local recycler will pick up curbside (paper/plastic/cans/etc), we compost our food waste. Our yardwaste is either used for our flowerbeds (leaves) or taken to the local compost yard to be turned into mulch. We only put out one bag of garbage a week between the two of us and all of our pets! We re-use all plastic bags, & send clothes we no longer wear to the Good Will store. All lightbulbs in our home were replaced with CFLs the week we moved into our house. We use all natural (chemical free) cleaning agents, soaps & shampoos. We do not use any fertilizers or chemical pesticides or herbicides on our yard. This summer we plan on having to buy less veggies at the grocery store because we are planting our own organic garden in the backyard :)
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
I recycle all my paper, bottles and platsics. I use a tote bag for grocery shopping. I never use plastic cups, utensils, etc or paper napkins because of the waste (yay for thermoses!), I unplug my electronics before I leave for work so I don't use extra energy. I hand wash all my dishes, even though I have a dishwasher. I belong to a local organic farming co-op to support local agriculture. Wild Oats is my favorite store to shop at (which will soon close because Whole Foods bought it out *sob*) I eat vegetarian almost everyday of the week (except when i have fish for dinner) to save on energy wasted on growing meat. I turn off any lights that aren't in use. Air dry my clothes as opposed to the dryer. I try and bike to places I need t ogo but it's hard to do often since I live on the east coast. I know this may be a little gross, but I flush the toilet only when necessary. If you drink your recommended amount of water a day, you shoudn't be making much of a mess anyways. ;)
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Harris Teeter's veggie bags are biodegradable-not sure about their plastic shopping bags. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
sailing-chick sailing-chick 10 years
I am always trying to use recycleable bags when I go shopping, whether it be at the supermarket/grocery or anywhere else. These bags are great in that you can generally hold more stuff in them without the worry that the handle might break of the bottom fall out of them! Where i live me must clean up after our dogs, so I re-use my small plastic bags by doing this when we're at the park.
littlered littlered 10 years
yay i want one!
3vil1 3vil1 10 years
My one and a half year old walk every where after work. We also pick up trash along the way. He carries a little bag on his buggie and yells out trash mom, trash. We recycle everything we can at home and never leave the lights or tv on for no reason and changed to enery saver light bulbs.
Fitmari Fitmari 10 years
I use my lunch bags over, I bike a lot, I recycle my cans and bottles and we heat the house with wood.
joyofadventure joyofadventure 10 years
well, my roommate and i always recycle our plastics and glass, unfortunately there is no place to recycle paper in our dorm... and i don't know if this counts but when i go home in the summers i ride my bike to and from work everyday (exactly 3 miles both ways) instead of driving. its good for the environment and me! we also use the a/c as sparingly as possible to save energy both in my dorm room and at home.
rheagancicada rheagancicada 10 years
I carry an aluminum hot/cold beverage bottle with me to and from work and use it for my morning coffee purchases as well as to stay hydrated throughout the workday and at the gym. Many coffee shops offer a discount for providing your own mug, and this set-up saves hundreds of paper or styrofoam cups and sleeves, as well as plastic bottles. Brunton and Nalgene both sell durable bottles (under $15) that can be attached to bags and clothing with carabiners or other clips, and they come in hundreds of cute colors!
reeveske reeveske 10 years
I make my roommates and i recycle EVERYTHING. i know they think I'm a little neurotic about it, but I just can't help it, every time I see them throw away a can in the trash or even just paper i cringe. lol
xxbrittney xxbrittney 10 years
I work for the Horticulture Department on my campus so my job is pretty much making sure the campus is clean and environmentally friendly. Part of my job duties are picking up trash, and taking care of recycling. Also, in the dorm, my roommate and I re-use any grocery bags we have as trash bags and we recycle purchased water bottles and fill them back up with water or Cristal Light so we can take them to the gym!
ButterflyTiff ButterflyTiff 10 years
Wow! How great! I hate getting all those plastic bags from the supermarket - and most of the time they tear and you can't even reuse them!
suzanne suzanne 10 years
I use tote bags daily... I could really use a new one ;)
kendallina kendallina 10 years
I recycle everything: glass, plastic, aluminum, paper, etc. I reuse plastic bags. I don't use paper plates or other disposable utensils. Instead of dumping leftover coffee down the sink I water my plants with it. I do not eat at fast food restaurants that use styrofoam (like Sonic Drive-In). I changed all of the light bulbs in my house to LED (Light Emitting Diodes, read: low energy) light bulbs. I keep my car tuned up to avoid air pollution. I plug most of my appliances into a power strip and I turn the strip off when I am not using said appliances or when I leave the house. And, I plan to purchase a hybrid (probably the Toyota Prius) when I'm ready to get a new car.
lorioz lorioz 10 years
I live in Turkey, and we are definitely starting to see the effects that the enviroment is having on use, this winter we had almost no rain or snow, and they are saying the in a few years Turkey could be completely covered in a desert. Being from Canada, a country with lots of water, this makes me scared. My husband and I are trying to do our part to save the environment in our area. If I had a bag like this I could take it to our local store and farmers market and show the 'locals' something that they can do to.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Wow...I can't even read all these comments right now. I've been wanting a tote like this, so if I don't win, I'm going to suck it up and spend the money. I do recycle my plastic bags at my grocery store (ASK THEM to get one if they dont' already have one! I bet they'll do it) but I know it's better to not use them at all. Also due to time, here's a link to my Green Challenges on my own blog. I try to do anything I can fit into my lifestyle. Slowly, everything starts to fit. Just start small. Like Laurie David says, "It's not about doing EVERYTHING, just about doing SOMETHING." Then the big things become easier.
Kyko Kyko 10 years
I re-use grocery bags for kitty litter/etc. I re-use Zip-lock bags as well! I save cans and make weekly-trips to the recycling station I don't buy bottled water. Period. I eat mostly produce, so I don't buy packaged foods very often AT ALL. GO GREEN! <3
iieee_grrl iieee_grrl 10 years
We just try to buy things with less waste. Used toys, used clothes, and things like that don't come "super wrapped" in so much plastic. And once a week, my 20 month old son and I have bottle filling parties. We make juice from concentrate, and pour it into our "old" juice (water) bottles to make them "NEW" juice! We even printed our own juice labels so my son thinks it's his very own brand! Simple and basic, I know, but I just want him growing up knowing that not everything has to be brand new and wrapped in plastic!
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