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Earth Day Freebies + 24-Hour Green Giveaway

by Tara Kuczykowski on April 22, 2009 · 217 comments

Earth Day Freebies
I've rounded up the hottest freebies for Earth Day, plus I've got one special quick giveaway!

  • Disney Store – Take 3 plastic water bottles into any Disney Store and receive a FREE reusable water bottle!
    (Thanks, A Thrifty Mom!)
  • PBS Kids Go! – Check out PBS Kids Go! for special Earth Day and Earth Month programming and eco-focused online content. What a great way to get the kids involved too!
  • Aveeno – Be one of the first 1,000 to register and receive a limited edition Aveeno Envirosax reusable organic cotton bags and a sample of the new Aveeno Nourish+ Hair Care Collection shampoo and conditioner!
    (Thanks, Saving With Shellie!)
  • Reynolds Wrap – Don't forget to print your rebate for a FREE Reynolds Wrap recycled aluminum foil!
  • Kroger – Design your own reusable shopping tote and get a credit on your Kroger store loyalty card to pick up a FREE reusable shopping bag on your next trip!
  • Walgreens – Present this coupon to your cashier to get 15% off eligible store items and 20% off Walgreens brand items plus a FREE reusable shopping tote!
    (Thanks, Cincinnati Cents!)

brita-water-pitcherAnd now for a quick green giveaway! Up for grabs is one 3-Quart Brita Water Pitcher (ARV $30) courtesy of Walmart.

Just leave a comment with your best green tip for Earth Day. For a bonus entry, tweet your tip on Twitter using hashtag #11MOMSGREEN, and then come back and leave a second comment letting me know you did so!

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This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. PST on Wednesday, April 22nd. I’ll use to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Good luck!


1 ladybughugs April 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm

I carpool with two coworkers, keep my canvas shopping bags in my van so I always have them with me, pack my son's lunch for school and daughter's drinks for daycare in reusable containers, and use a water filter system at home instead of buying bottled water. We also switched to pellet fuel to reduce our dependency on home heating oil.

ladybughugs´s last blog post..It’s All About McD’s

2 April E. April 22, 2009 at 2:42 pm

i would love the pitcher. mine is weirding out on me

3 April E. April 22, 2009 at 2:45 pm

here are some of my favorites

use mixture of 3-1 water and vinegar to clean counter, windows, mirrors, and even produce!

cut a lid in the top of a formula can the size of the top of a jar of baby food and VOILA! an instant money bank for your wee one. my little girl loved playing with this more than any of her toys.

newspaper spread under mulch controls weeds

paprika sprinkled around the foundation of your home can help with ants!

4 Suzette April 22, 2009 at 2:49 pm

I like to shop at thrift stores as much as possible. I also donate all of my used clothing. I can't always afford to give money to charities, but I can afford to pass on my used clothing. There are several items that thrift stores cannot take (like my son's old toddler bed and ceiling fan) and I listed them in the free section of craigs list.

5 Lindy April 22, 2009 at 3:39 pm

We turn the lights off more often and use less water. Also teaching the kids to recycle

6 Denise Wolynetz April 22, 2009 at 3:51 pm

We have buckets around our yard and under our downspouts to collect rainwater which we in turn use to water the plants in our garden.

7 Carolyn G April 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Now that the weather is better, I am drying some of my clothes outside instead of using the dryer! Saves water and energy and the clothes smells fresh.

Carolyn G´s last blog post..Caress Skinwear Collection Body Wash Giveaway

8 Carolyn G April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm

No that the weather is nicer I am trying to dry more clothes and linens outside. It saves water & energy and the clothes smells fresh.

Carolyn G´s last blog post..I will be MIA for a few days

9 B. Bishop April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm

My tip is to us to really analyze how your lifestyle is impacting the earth and make make goals on how to change it. Carbon rally makes it really easy and fun plus you can encourage your friends to also sign up and have fun competitions and challenges while doing your part to save the earth!

10 Carolyn G April 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm
11 Carolyn G April 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm
12 Tammy C. April 22, 2009 at 4:57 pm

My children and I have challenged ourselves to lower our power bill by $10 this month...small, I know, but so are they 8-). Some ideas we had were not turning on lights during the day...instead we open the curtains (our lot is shaded), not watching tv and playing games inside/outside, opening the refrigerator less by putting a food list on the outside so we can decide what we want without standing there with the door wide open, create less laundry to be washed by re-wearing clothes (jeans for a two or so days, Sunday dress clothes that are worn for a few hours, etc.), turning the water off while soaping up in the shower and hang dry the towels to be used more than once are some of the ideas we came up with.

13 Susanne April 22, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Consider having more than one trash type bin in your kitchen
to easily separate and sort mixed contaners, from the trash.
When something is right at hand, it's not so much of a fuss to do it.

14 Lauren April 22, 2009 at 5:04 pm

We purchased energy efficient appliances to help reduce our water consumption as well as the amount of electricity that we use. We've already seen a difference in our utility bills!

15 Whitney April 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm

It's pretty simple, but refilling a reusable water bottle instead of buying case after case of plastic. My family is guilty of this and I'm trying to get everyone on board with reusable bottles!

Whitney´s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

16 Tracey April 22, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Don't let the water run while you are brushing your teeth.

17 Lauren April 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I tweeted (Lauren0205)

18 Lisa April 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I line dry small loads of clothes and have switched to CFC bulbs. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, take shorter showers and install a water miser shower head. Easy tips that have saved us some money!

19 cathy mckinnon April 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I always carry extra bags with me when I walk to pick up trash. I have a bag for cans, paper, plastic and one for things that can't be recycled. I look like something from the movies with all the bags tied around me. Thanks for the giveaway.

20 Tracy Parral April 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm

husband Seperates cans and bottles from reg. trash we try to use reusable bags, use cold water when washing set heat to 65 and many other small things that make a BIG diff.

21 E Simpson April 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Reuse your used dryer sheets for dusting (you can also get away with tearing your dryer sheets in half and it's just as effective). Thanks!

22 Angela Leaird April 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm

If you add a small water bottle to the tank on your toliet it uses less water to fill the tank.

23 beth shepherd April 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm

My best tip is to leave buckets/barrels outside to collect rainwater to reuse in your garden or flowers. Also keep your freezer full with milk jugs with water - freezers run more effecient on full. Thank you
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24 JFK April 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Cool, I'd love to win this, my best green tip is to stop using paper towels, something our household recently did. My hubby was a huge paper towel user (abuser) , so it was a challenge, but we've done it!

25 Jessie Lynn April 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm


Before tossing it out, see if you can find another use for it! Have a craft day, use it for storage, or pass it on to a friend. :D

26 Jessie Lynn April 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm
27 Petra April 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm

I re-use whatever i can, and recycle the rest.... it becomes 2nd nature after a while, so its NOT hard work like some people

28 Pat April 22, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Use a pump dispenser for dish detergent to use less detergent.

Clean your dryer lint filter after every use and your dryer vent regularly to be more energy efficient.

29 Rebecca C April 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm

We don't use paper towels, we use regular towels, its cheaper and we aren't throwing them away :D

Rebecca C´s last blog post..Huge Giveaway!

30 Lori Z. April 22, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Doing crafts? Use what you've got. So much stuff comes in the mail, magazines, ads, solicitations, and you can use those for collages, flowers, making recycled paper, weaving, etc.

Lori Z.´s last blog post..Happy Earth Day

31 Lori Z. April 22, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Hang your clothes out to dry.

Lori Z.´s last blog post..Happy Earth Day

32 Lissa April 22, 2009 at 6:02 pm

We use anything and everything around the house for art projects. My 2-year-old loves it and it's a great way to teach about recycling!

33 Amber April 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm

I keep an old gallon pitcher in the kitchen by the sink. When the girls come home from school with a mostly full water bottle (or a water glass from dinner didn't get finished, etc), I empty the water into the pitcher. When it's time to water houseplants, the water is ready to go in a container with a pour spout.

34 Emily April 22, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I make sure to leave magazines I've read at dr's offices or at my work to be used in art projects (I'm a teacher.) I re-use clean frosting containers to hold borders for my bulletin boards at work.

35 Brittney April 22, 2009 at 6:43 pm

My green tip..... hmmmm..... I use as little shampoo in the shower as possible to still get a lather but make the bottle last much longer.

36 Melissa April 22, 2009 at 6:46 pm

I make sure to unplug appliances when I am done using them, so they're not sucking up energy while they're not in use.

37 Ann April 22, 2009 at 7:05 pm

We reuse plastic shopping bags for trash can liners.
Recycle soda cans, run dishwasher at night only, wash clothes in cold water only, unplug appliances when not in use, don't let water run while brushing your teeth, turns lights more frequently. We don't use paper plates.

38 Denise April 22, 2009 at 7:08 pm

I man, I would love that pitcher. I live in an old home and would love to be able to drink the tap water, but worry about not filtering it first! Thanks for the great Earth Day giveaway.

39 Courtney April 22, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I wash all my clothes in cold water.

Thanks for a great giveaway!

Courtney´s last blog post..My baby is growing!

40 Branda April 22, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Publix allows you to recycle plastic grocery bags at their store!

Branda´s last blog post..This just in!!!! Possible Double & Triple Coupons @ Kmart in certain stores!!!

41 Corysmurf April 22, 2009 at 7:29 pm

I love shopping at the Goodwill! Great prices on reusable stuff, and it's like a treasure hunt - you never know what you'll find.

42 Adina April 22, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I use a reusable water bottle now!

43 Margaret Lauinger April 22, 2009 at 7:37 pm

I have a couple: I like to make envelopes out of cute, colorful magazine pages-they can be themed(xmas, cute baby ones from gap, ralph lauren, etc.) -I sent out all of my home made xmas cards this year out of "xmas" pages that I've saved over the years-(I use a template, glue stick, and address labels); I like to go through junk mail and save the "reply envelopes" and use them for my personal use crossing out any writing already printed on them; I reuse my junk mail, kids schoolwork, any paper that has a clean side on it for my COUPONs that I get on DEAL SEEKing MOM, and other printouts-Yeah!, and then my last green tip is saving "old" water from glasses from family members that was left after a meal, etc. for my house plants. I pour the water into a pitcher that I set aside and then when it's watering day-TA DA-I have water and I didn't get it from the faucet then. Thanks for listening...Margaret

44 Lori B April 22, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I belong to a site called freecycle. They have them all over the U.S. but anyways its for free give aways of household items that you no longer need but is still useable. It helps keep things out of the landfill. Please check it out i have gave away many good items & gotten a few goodies to. Here is the site..

45 Ann C. April 22, 2009 at 7:42 pm

We (DH & I) recycle/reuse everything possible, even lint from dryer , cotton found in vitamin bottles, and shredder paper for starter for fireplace. LOVE the free cloth bags we have received(hate all the plastic bags that we accumulate).

46 Kim S. April 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm

we donate all our shopping bags to the local food bank, so people using the food bank have something to carry their food home in

47 Mellisa W. April 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Turn off the lights.
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48 Heather H April 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm

freecycle as it saves you money and keeps the landfill from getting perfectly good stuff. Use reusable bags; many stores will give you $.05 to $.10 for each bag you bring.

49 marybeth i April 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm

check your local recycling station to see what recyclables they accept. You can reduce your waste

50 marybeth i April 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm

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