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