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April 13, 2011

Catch Yourself in the Act and Win a Plastic-Free Bamboo Reflect Klean Kanteen from Greenfeet

klean kanteen 01 Klean Kanteen introduces new Reflect plastic free bamboo stainless steel water bottle

(03/04/2012 Update: Sadly, Greenfeet closed its doors this year.  Please support the online green retailer They ship products using only reused or plastic-free packaging and paper packing tape. And a portion of the proceeds go to support

Valerie Reddemann from Greenfeet wants to give one of you Klean Kanteen’s new Reflect stainless steel plastic-free water bottle. It’s the one with the bamboo top that I reviewed in January.

In fact, with Earth Day approaching, lots of vendors have contacted me asking to give away products to My Plastic-free Life readers. Even a company selling bacon-flavored air in a plastic can. (Actually, that one might have been for April Fools Day.) But I’m picky. I won’t host just anyone’s giveaway. I mean, come on. This blog is about reducing consumption, not acquiring more stuff, right?

True, but supporting sustainable businesses is the other side of the environmental coin.  We vote with our coins — making a statement by both what we refuse and what we choose to buy.  I like to promote companies that offer good, durable, plastic-free alternatives to the disposable plastic junk out there. And Valerie Reddemann’s online company is one of them. Long time readers of this blog might recall that I bought my plastic-free porcelain coffee maker through Greenfeet back in 2008 and that I was very impressed with how the product was shipped. No plastic packaging.

So I told Valerie she could give away a beautiful Reflect Klean Kanteen here on My Plastic-free Life. But she had to make you work for it. It’s not enough to leave a comment on the blog saying why you want it or what green changes you plan to make in the future. I want to catch you in action!

To enter the drawing, take a picture of yourself doing something green — something that is relatively new for you. It could be anything… picking up trash from the street, bringing your own water bottle or reusable utensils or containers with you to a restaurant, hanging clothes on a clothesline, composting, riding your bike, catching gray water in the shower, bringing a reusable bag to the grocery store, filling up your reusable bags or containers from bulk bins, or whatever. There are a million things you could do. Choose something that’s a little challenging for you that you’d like to get better at this year.

Then, post your photo to GreenFeet’s Facebook Page. Before you can post a photo, you will first have to click the “Like” button at the top of the page. Include a description of your green action, and tag “My Plastic-Free Life” in your post so Valerie and I both know you are entering the contest. (If you don’t know how to tag a wall post or upload a photo, leave a comment below and I can walk you through it.  You do have to “Like” a page before it will show up in the list to tag.)

It would also be nice if you came back here and left a comment letting us know what you did — and linking to your Facebook post, if you know how to do that.  (Hint: the link for any one Facebook post is on the date/time of the post.  For example the part that says, “2 minutes ago,” “Yesterday at 6:06am,” “Apr 5 at 10am,” etc.)

If you don’t have a Facebook account and have no intention of joining, you can still play. Email your photo to beth [at] myplasticfreelife [dot] com, and cc val [at] greenfeet [dot] com. And let us know if it’s okay for us to post your photo on the Greenfeet Facebook wall for you. The idea is to inspire other people to action. Let your light shine. You might think keeping your good work to yourself is extra virtuous. It’s not.

The contest runs through Sunday, April 24, so get moving!  I’ve got other giveaways coming up this month.  Start now and enter them all.

Any questions? Leave a comment here.

19 Responses to “Catch Yourself in the Act and Win a Plastic-Free Bamboo Reflect Klean Kanteen from Greenfeet”

  1. Hey Beth — here’s a photo of the beach cleanup my husband and I participated in today. Well, here’s the group of us. It was too rainy to take pictures while we were collecting garbage. I have a fantastic photo of the pile of garbage too!

  2. Tom says:

    I am switching to rechargeable batteries at home. We go through tons of batteries at work (a theatre) for wireless microphones so I’m hoping we can make the switch there too.

  3. Mike says:

    Just posted a picture of my dual purpose (really) long walk a weekend ago.

  4. Jerami says:

    Just posted a picture of my little brother and I trying to tend to our crazy compost bin. It’s definitely a work in progress. Haha.

  5. Kacie Scanlon says:

    I made cinnamon cayenne cough drops for my husband when he had a cold instead of buying them individually wrapped (at 1:05 am apparently). The trick was to think of cough drops before he did so that I could make them before he got the chance to go out and buy them and sabotage my plastic-free goals :) I’m trying to make even more things at home without driving myself crazy.

  6. Sarah says:

    I posted my idea over on facebook but here’s a link to my homemade produce bags!

    Added by Beth: Here is your post on GreenFeet’s Facebook page too:

  7. alice says:

    My photo is bagels being made from local, sustainably grown whole wheat flour that was ground at a water-powered mill. The flour comes from the farmers market in a 25-pound paper bag. I love, love, love making all sorts of bread! :)

  8. Rachel says:

    I just posted about being green at work by eliminating disposables and trying to convince the rest of the office too as well!

  9. Sharon says:

    Here’s my breakfast at work…

    I’ve been trying to concentrate on carrying the awesome utensils I got at Goodwill with me so I can refuse plastic ones in take-out type places. The case obviously isn’t plastic free, but I’m using what I have! :)

  10. Beth Terry says:

    Francisco posted:

    “Me washing dishes with a DIY biodegradable 100% organic dish washing sponge made of luffa”

  11. Beth Terry says:

    Jessie McCourt collected litter for the Earth Day event in Loomis, California on the 23rd of April. She emailed her entry, saying:

    “I am an entrepreneur and have started a business with my partner called The Green Toolbelt. We decided to “go big” this year with Operation Clean-up: Loomis Earth Day and collect/sort 30 days worth of compiled litter [at least one hour each day] and bring it with us to our booth. I created a blog at the beginning of the project to raise awareness that large quantities of litter can still exist in a small community. At our event, we’ll be including educational materials about earth-minded purchasing and recycling.

    It’s been a very eye-opening experience that I plan to continue, even after my 30 days are up. We’ve collected 234 gallons of littered waste so far!

    Here’s the link to my blog and a full photo gallery:

    You can view the photo on Greenfeet’s Facebook page here:

  12. Karly says:

    Not quite plastic free in this picture, but I’m making reusable cloth menstrual pads in this picture:

    Thanks for having this giveaway!

  13. Beth Terry says:

    More contest entries are coming in!

    Tracey TieF gets creative with insulation:

    And reused paint:

    Amanda brings a reusable cup to get her coffee:

    Lisa is making orange oil to use for household cleaning:

    Heat is hang drying clothes:

    Thanks for all you guys do!

  14. Erin says:

    I just posted a photo of my son drinking a green smoothie with a glass straw. He needs the kleen Kanteen for when we are out of the house!

  15. Twyla says:

    Thanks for the offer, but … I just swapped out a glass olive oil bottle for my water bottle at work, in the car, etc. I’d like to say I made a crochet top hanger thinger on it, but I’m lazy and wouldn’t have anything to hang it from and find it just as nice to carry as is.

  16. Tracey says:

    I just installed rocksul (mineral batting) sound and fire insulation using strips of the plastic bag it came in, string from the garbage and staples. We did other insulating using my endless supply of jute string, but it went missing, so I got creative! I’ll post a photo if I can manage. it.

    Love & RRRevolution, Tracey