Ecofriendly chic

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May I brag about my town for just a bit?
Now I know there are blogs out there that preach about green living like they invented it, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a more "green living" town than mine. Having lived here for almost a decade, it's not uncommon on any given day to yield to a "herd" of bicyclists or see a home that was built using primarily green materials. Pick any given month and renewable energy projects are cropping up a plenty. Roam a neighborhood on trash pick-up day and you'll spot recycle and compost bins keeping the trash bins company (provided by the city for our convenience) in front of people's homes. Throw in an environmental geologist husband in my case and suffice it to say, eco-friendly living and products have become second nature to us!

Well guess how stoked I was when I recently stumbled upon
Bright and Bold, a chic online boutique with fantastic ecofriendly eye candy. Why hello there ecofriendly chic! You all know my heart positively pitter-patters at the sight of eye-catching designs.

I lingered longingly over their versatile Envirosax selection. I actually already own a few (they're like a chic handbag or black heels; you can never have too many, right?) and have been using them for over a year now for quick grocery trips, for work, as a beach bag, hauling clothes to drop off at donation centers, you name it. Once, I kept track of every occasion where I used a reusable Envirosax instead of a disposable plastic or paper bag and the would-be final tally would have made Mother Earth punish me. Seriously, she would have grounded me for weeks.




Another item that sent my heart into overdrive are these
ecofriendly water bottles. I could seriously snap up one of these for each day of the week, just to stare at their fun graphic prints. Be still my heart! They're reusable, resilient (I've held one in real life and they are so lightweight), and fully functional when you need to quench your thirst on the go (includes a strong carabiner clip and additional free #5 polypropylene sports cap). The only thing better than the whimsical designs is that they are all BPA free--score! Plastic bottles marinating in landfills for eternity are so last year.

Guess what? The friendly folks over at Bright and Bold would like to spread the ecofriendly love! They generously offered to sponsor a giveaway of one of their Green Bottle brand stainless reusable bottles to a lucky reader (winner's choice of design). Quenching your thirst never looked more chic. Mother Earth would totally approve.

Additionally, they are also offering all of you lovely readers a 15% exclusive coupon that can be used toward your entire order from their website, and all orders enjoy free same day shipping with no minimum purchase requirements! Valid through July 31; coupon code: FRECKLES .

To enter:
1. Simply leave a comment telling me how you live green and what is your favorite item from Bright and Bold's ecofriendly boutique. ------------->
Edit: Please be respectful of each other's opinions. Also, please keep an open mind and do not use this post to push your own beliefs. Thank you.
2. One entry per reader please. Please enter by Wednesday, July 29, 5 pm MST.
3. I will select the winner by using a random number generating site. The winner's name will be posted on Thursday, July 30.

74 comments:

  1. Love the environsax and the water bottles - so pretty! We've been going through the summer without A/C - using less energy, enjoying more birdsong. My hair may be frizzier, but its for a good cause!

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  2. I love the water bottles. We try to be "green" by using our reuseable shopping bags, cloth napkins, and we don't buy plastic water bottles - we use filtered water.

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  3. We have market totes that we use for grocery shopping and everything else. My favorite item is the Relish Insulated Lunch Bag Micro Dot. Too cute.

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  4. I love all of the water bottles they are all so unique and different. We try to stay green by recycling everything we can.

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  5. I love the Envirosax bags - I've been wanting one! This summer I'm trying to ride my bike more and drive less...so far it's working!

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  6. I'd love my little boy to start preschool this fall with the adorable wingnut lunch sack! I always bring my reusable bags to the grocery store but I'd love to add some of the Botanica sacks to the mix!

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  7. What an awesome opportunity! I love love the sacks... Mine are so ugly, it's sad. I may have just the push I need to buy them with your special FRECKLES coupon code. Aren't you fancy?

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  8. And, clearly - I didn't follow your instructions for the contest.

    We try to be green in a lot of ways, but it's still a struggle for us. We grow some of our own food, shop locally and try to conserve water with a rain barrel and garden. Still lots of work to do.

    I like the bags... the sets of them that match. So cute.

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  9. I love those waterbottles the best - the designs are so pretty.

    I know we aren't the greenest kids on the block, but we do fill our recycling bin to overflowing every week!

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  10. Hi! I love the Envirosax and actually purchased a set a couple of months ago - love them! They are so durable and cute! Would love one of their fantastic water bottles though. I'm still sporting the Nalgene bottles, while reuseable they are not BPA free :(

    Favorite item on Bright and bold (right now) is the wall decal. If I had a little one, that would have to be mine!

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  11. They have so many cute items! My favorite thing are the insulated lunch bags.

    I live green by recycling at home, recycling my paper at work, washing and reusing my plastic lunch forks. I have a recycled plastic purse, which I get so many compliments on. I turn off the water heater when I'm not at home and turn down the thermostat. I also bring my own mug to Starbucks.

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  12. I love the envirosax!! Thanks for the coupon code.... I think I'm going to get one!!

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  13. Oh fun! I love the SnackTAXI Reusable Bags- they're so cute and so versatile.

    We're really trying to live GREEN, we recycle, use Green Saks for grocery shopping and we stopped using plastic water bottles! At least it's something!!

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  14. Love it! We recycle, use reusable grocery bags, and no more bottled water in our house.

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  15. I live green by reusing my bags for groceries.

    Favorite item is the French Bull Vine Gourmet Getaway Insulated Lunch Bag!

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  16. We recycle everything we can, compost food scraps and yard waste, use planet-friendly cleaning products and have switched all of our lightbulbs to CFLs. We started trying to live a greener lifestyle when my son was born by using cloth diapers, making homemade baby food, and using as many all-natural products as we could.

    I am going to get a set of Nellies PVC-Free Dryer Balls. I'm also considering picking up an Eco Cup for my husband to use. Thanks for introducing us to this site!

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  17. Also love the envirosax- especially the Botanica collection! We live green by recycling water bottles and trying to use only one a day and refilling it instead of just grabbing them out the fridge like crazy!

    vballgrl121@aol.com

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  18. Us PacNW Peeps are pretty "green" too :) Our household recycles like crazy, and I take public transit to work everyday. Of course, we also use re-useable bags for everything...but I am in desperate need of new ones! Mine all have holes!

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  19. We live green in our house by recycling, using minimal amounts of water, using green products when we can and always using reusable bags. I also use reusable containers for my lunch. I love the envirosax! They are my favorite item on the site. I've been meaning to order some. The Green Bottle brand stainless reusable bottles are great also! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  20. I looove my Envirosax! I have the "Candy" set. I also love my stainless steal water bottle. Mine is very similar to the purple one on the bottom right, but the pattern goes all over the bottle. I scored mine at Target for $12.

    We are trying to go green by not using our air conditioning this summer. We also use reusable lunch bags for work- and we have special containers to put our sandwhiches in.

    I would also like to take this time out to ask people NOT to use self-check out lines at your local supermarkets, Targets, Walmarts, what have you. In a time when unemployment is at 10% and rising we don't need to be handing jobs over to computers. Help America and have a human scan you purchases!!!

    LB

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  21. I live green by "upcycling". I take old home decor items and refresh them so they are both stylish and functional.

    I love the Bright and Bold Envirosax and water bottles. I am adamant about decreasing my use of plastic products.

    - Danielle

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  22. We try to live a bit more green by composting, pureeing our rinds, eggshells, coffee grounds, etc into a super-soup for our garden. Our herbs and veggies thrive!!

    I love just about all the kiddo supplies from Bright and Bold, but I especially like the reusable sandwich bags - the patterns are great!

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  23. Oooh, I really need to get one of these bottles! Too cute! I live green by coming up with creative ways of using things in our home. Whether it's a new recipe, turning an old polo that got a hole in it into something else, or using dishes in an unexpected way to avoid waste.

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  24. OMG dying laughing over here. Love you. But that's already been made clear.

    I fear I'm not eligible for this giveaway because I threw away my coke can last night. Karma. But if I am eligible, I like the chartreuse green swiss water bottle. I really am going to try composting, but my in-laws are from Boulder and I kind of like causing drama by not partaking in their earth nuttiness. Totally ineligible, but had to comment anyway.

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  25. I love the lunch bags they have! I bring my lunch to work everyday in a old lunch bag my mom got me from LL Bean. It would be awesome to upgrade it to some of the amazing designs they have.

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  26. Mary in st. louisThu Jul 23, 11:14:00 AM

    I live green by making my own laundry detergent out of biodegradable laundry bar-soap shavings, borax and washing soda (equal amounts of all). For some reason, clogging up our waterways and oceans with phosphates bothers the 'earth-mother' in me more than anything else.
    I own some envirosax, so I guess that's my favorite thing from their site, but I've had my eye on their water bottles for a while now!
    Thanks for the great promotion!

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  27. While I do all the normal "green" things (recycle, carry canvas bags to the store, conserve water and electricity, shop as local as possible), I feel that the decision I made that has had the most positive impact on my footprint has been to buy my 780 square foot condo.

    There are much larger condos in my complex (within walking distance to work and shopping) and less expensive ones further outside of town, but living small has meant less consumption. There are times when I wish I had a guest bedroom or an office, but I console myself with the fact that I live in a comfortable, convenient place...for now.

    :)

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  28. Oooh, I love both the bags and water bottles! My favorite water bottle design is bottom row, second in from the left. love it!

    I drive a fuel efficient car, joined a CSA and try and buy local and in season food. Also recycle and repurpose as much as I can. I use my own bags at the store too, but they are no where near as cute as the Bright and Bold ones!

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  29. I love all of the water bottles! We are "working" on trying to be green! I do not buy bottled water and I try to bring re-usable cloth bags to the grocery store...when I remember! :)

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  30. yeah there's not a big push in our 'hood to be green...yet. But we try anyway with the usual re-usable shopping bags, recycling and one I'm trying to work on is combining my daily trips to Target with other errands.

    I'm all about the re-usable sandwich bags though, totally need those!

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  32. I love those water bottles! So cute!

    My husband and I only use fluorescent bulbs, we compost, frequent the local farmers market, and we try to carry all our groceries in cloth bags. Whenever we end up with plastic ones, we re-use them as trash bags and dog poo clean-up bags. Recently we also have been rehabbing old used furniture instead of going out and buying something new!

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  33. i recycle, and try to buy reuseable products as much as possible! thanks for the great giveaway!

    and having a college education doesn't ensure you a job these days. lots of people with BAs are unemployed too. there's something to be said about going through a line with a person.

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  34. I love the Envirosax Animal Planet bags. They butterfly one is especially cut.

    As for living green, I try to take mass transit as much as possible. I take the city bus and light rail here in Baltimore whenever possible.

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  35. I am not the "greenist" person at all but I try to do the little things that matter...using tap water instead of water bottles, green chemicals to clean my home, echo friendly light bulb and save your plastic bags I reuse my bags! I already have the ecofriendly bags in black and white and theya re awesome!!!! so if I won I would donate the bags to another reader but I would enjoy the water bottle :)

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  36. We live green by recycling and using reusable tote bags when we go shopping My favorite products are the ecofriendly water bottles...especially the one with the Cherry Blossom designs (my wedding theme!).

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  37. Ooooh, I love those bags and water bottles. So pretty!

    I live green by always using a waterbottle. It used to be a Sigg, very pretty and bright teal in color. Yes, I used it daily. Hourly! Which I know sounds weird but I use mine daily due to the Sjogren's and always feeling like I'm stranded in the middle of the hottest desert on the face of this earth with no water.

    But then one day at work some jerk STOLE IT, leaving me to stand in the middle of the office wailing about how it's like someone stole my FREAKING OXYGEN TANK, I NEEEEEED IT, that's how important my Sigg was to me...and my boss told me to pipe down and get back to work. >:(

    So I am still without a Sigg and I've been painfully sipping out of a bright pink plastic cup I bought from home. I would totally put one of those Bright and Bold waterbottles to heavy use. Heck, if I don't win I MIGHT JUST HAVE TO GO GET ONE MYSELF.

    Oh, and we have a fluorescent lightbulb in this house. Somewhere. I think. *looks around*

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  38. I love the totes.
    I live green in so many ways, one way is by using cloth napkins.

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  39. Cool stuff. My favorite, although hard to pick a favorite, is the "I'm not a paper cup" thermal mug. We recycle everything we can. And we went solar. Totally recommend going solar. Especially in a place where the summers are hot (last weekend it was 112!).

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  41. I changed all my light bulbs to the energy efficient compact flourescent. Too bad I picked "daylight" for my window-less master bathroom and now I need to wear sunglasses when I get ready. And the darn things will never burn out, so I should probably just replace them. I went with the "soft-white" everywhere else...much better :)

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  42. Fun! We never use plastic grocery bags and take our own grocery bags to the store AND we recycle like crazy! Love the cherry blossom water bottle! Cute!

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  43. We take our reusable bags to stores to use instead of getting bags. We also recycle as much as we can. I love the green Swiss Sigg bottle!

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  44. Cool site, my fave is the 20 oz SIGG Bottle Wheels of Karma.

    We just try to do small things to live green like taking advantage of our city's curbside recycling program, drinking filtered water instead of bottled water, and using re-useable totes at the grocery store. Every little bit helps!

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  45. Blue bottle with green blossoms is soo cute. Love the color. I just bought my husband one of these about a month ago because he was telling me about plastic being toxic! so much cheaper being that the fridge has a water filter anyway...I am trying to live green with my light bulbs as well. they cost more but so worth it.

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  46. Love the apple blossoms one! I thought your post was about Portland at first, but we can share. :)

    My favorite way to live green is growing my own food.

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  47. I think the biggest impact I have on the environment is living car-free. My husband and I sold our car 2.5 years ago and haven't looked back. Sure, it is inconvenient at times, but I know that we used to make so many car trips that were unnecessary - it's so easy to do when you own a car.

    My favorite bottle design is The Birds! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  48. being green has been slowly growing on me...i still have a lot of areas that need improvement but some things i do are buy organic produce, stay away from the a/c, conserve, and keep things digital rather than on paper...i'm currently using a plastic reusable water bottle i got from a convention but definitely am on the look out for an alternative which doesn't contain BPA...i love the sigg bottles from this site! so pretty and stylish and so much healthier than what i am using right now!

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  49. Going greener...joined an organic CSA so I am making less trips to the grocery store and supporting healthier agriculture and family farms. I also have started recycling all paperboard cartons. My fav item in your store is the reusable snack bags. I'm a big fan of these. I have a few, but unfortunately my dog likes them too (rip to shreds), so I could use a few more. We reuse bread bags and chip bags and almost any other "bag" that comes through the house. Thankss

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  50. The Snack Taxi Sandwich Bag is great! I take my lunch every day so this is a great idea to stop using baggies. We go green by taking reusable bags to the grocery store, and as we finish up household cleaners, I'm replacing them with greener versions that don't have chemicals and aren't tested on animals.

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  51. I try to live green by recycling and using reusable grocery bags. I also try to live green by using my fireplace/stove as a source of heat in the winter. My favorite item is the dark purple sigg bottle.

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  52. Kathrine, I totally agree. A degree does not guarantee anything these days. Plus, not everyone has the money for college, and some people are just not cut out for college. In all honesty, I'm sure our computer scientists and engineers have better things to work on then self checkout lines.

    Jill,I think you are being a little extreme, but you did hit a sensitive spot. My father came from a job that relied heavily on paper. No one uses paper anymore so the company cut back and he was layed off. I'm not anti-computer, I'm just anti-useless-computers.

    FC, I too, apologize for hijacking your post. I just felt like the last response was so ridiculous, I needed to say my peace.

    LB.

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  53. Wow- lots of giveaways today, I'm having one too!

    I LOVE the environsax and actually have been meaning to get some of my own because im sick of the plastic bags. I try to be green at home, and recycle everything that comes in my house- if that means taking off the paper part of a container just to recycle that part I do. I use all green products and am pretty good about that. That being said there are areas that I need to get much better at, but I'm working on it :)

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  55. My favorite are their sandwich bags the ones with flowers. So cute!

    Me and my family recycle :)


    lc_intocable[a]yahoo[d]com

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  56. Yay! What a great giveaway... I've been meaning to get my hands on one of those adorable bottles for some time now... (I also LOVE the envirosax and the lunchbags on their site).

    We recycle, try to limit our driving, and we're going to try composting soon. We're also cutting back on the harsh chemicals that we used to use for cleaning and don't run air conditioning. Yay for green-ness that also saves $$! :)

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  57. I live green by refusing to buy plastic water bottles. Instead I use Sigg bottles, and that's why I was so excited to see all the cool bottles at Bright and Bold!!!! The Earthlust Poppy bottle is my fav!

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  58. One way we live green in our household is by drying our laundry in the CA sunshine. Used the dryer 4x in the past 2 months...my favorite product is the earthlust bottle in parsley.

    K

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  59. I try to be green by using vinegar in a spray bottle for cleaning my kitchen. My fav product at bright and bold is the enviro sax :)

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  60. we live green as much as possible by;
    1.making compost with decomposable waste
    2.switching to CFL bulbs
    3.re-using bags
    4.recycling paper etc

    my favorite items from Bright and Bold are;
    Expandable Bamboo Tray
    Bamboo Kitchen Utensils Set
    Small Bamboo Cutting Board Set

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  61. I have been looking all over for a cute lunch bag and so the Gourmet Getaway Insulated Lunch Bag French Bull Vine is my favorite!

    I my plight to be less wasteful I have stopped buying and using disposable items such as napkins and plastic silverware.

    I love your blog!

    Thanks,

    Christina L.
    savincoupons@hotmail.com

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  62. I wanted to enter, but I thought "Ah, I'm not so green... what would I say." Once I actually stopped and thought about it, I've actually done quite a bit to be friendlier to the planet. We recycle even though it's not endorsed by our municipality (nor do they make it easy to do). We use florescent bulbs. We bring our own bags with us to the stores. When all the other kids bring their lunches in ziploc, our son is toting Tupperware back and forth. We buy Energy Star appliances that have gone into our new Energy Star home. We have a programmable thermostat. I've always brought my own reusable water bottle with me, and, lastly, I just had a baby 6 weeks ago, and he's sporting the most adorable cloth diapers you ever did see.

    Love your blog and love those reusable water bottles you posted.

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  63. Love the envirosax!...they are so much cuter than my Safeway cloth bags! My husband and I decided that we only needed one car, so now i either car pool with him or walk to the train. it works out great! thanks for the contest and the coupon code!

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  64. Love the envirosax!...they are so much cuter than my Safeway cloth bags! My husband and I decided that we only needed one car, so now i either car pool with him or walk to the train. it works out great! thanks for the contest and the coupon code!

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  65. Elizabeth in AtlantaSun Jul 26, 03:47:00 PM

    I really like the Envirosax and though, not a necessary item, the funny luggage tags are great. As a former "road warrior" getting home at midnight after flight delays, I cant tell you how true the sentiment on some of those tags are (Dont make me chase you! Ha!)

    How are we green? We are trying to do more though we dont live in a place that makes it very easy. Sadly cars are necessary for almost everything here (Atlanta northern burbs). we do simple things like recycling plastics, cans and paper; trying to cut out as many plastics and cans as possible; trying to use green cleaning products; still use the A/C but switched to a one room model for the one room upstairs that gets hot (we are in GA - its 90 with massive humidity!); Little things for now.

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  66. I love the Envirosax Animal Planet pattern. We use all natural cleaning stuff, make our own laundry detergent. We try to pre-cycle, by buying less and less packaging

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  67. I love the Envirosax Botanica bags. We recycle everything that we can in our household. We also got rid of our gas lawnmower and got a push reel one.

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  68. Okay, so my fav is the light blue water bottle. I do have some of the Target reusable bags. I would say my green things are having energy saving appliances and using the eco light bulbs. I have decided however that I won't be using the reusable sanitary napkins for the sake of " being green". LOL

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  69. Wow, I'm a little late joining the party. But I really like the Stainless Steel Compost Pail, I've been meaning to start but I keep forgetting. I try to use my reusable bags when shopping, but like you I often forget. I've also switched many of my cleaning supplies.

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  70. I am living green by using re-usable grocery bags and I car-pool to work each day!

    My favourite item from the boutique is the snackTAXI Sandwich Bags! They are so cute! I've never seen anything like them before.

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  71. I live green by recycling as much as I possibly can. I also bring my own reusable water bottle to work every day so I don't have to use paper cups or buy plastic bottles!

    Love the Envirosaxs!

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  72. We use a collection of reusable sacks picked up for free from different places. I've started keeping them in the car so I don't forget so often!

    I love that blue wave/swirl water bottle!

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  73. I love the envirosax. So, so pretty! I feel like the husband and I can do more to be green than we do. We recycle almost everything we can, but I would really like to start composting. Since we've now moved out of a condo and into a house, I really don't have any excuses now, do I?

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  74. I love the envirosax bags. I already have one but definately need some more.

    I am going green by switching my cleaning products, recycling, slowly changing my appliances to Energy Star ones, and by using a rain barrel.

    Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

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