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July 25, 2014

BALM! Baby’s Plastic FREE July Challenge + Giveaway

Balm-Baby-Plastic-FREE-July-Challenge-450It’s the final week of Plastic Free July, and BALM! Baby, a company that packages the majority of its personal care products without plastic, wants to reward everyone who participated by giving away crazy numbers of prizes.  I’ll throw in a copy of my book, Plastic-Free, as well.  Here’s all you have to do:

Challenge Details:

  • Challenge ends July 31, 2014. Form must be filled out & filled out HERE (it’s short)
  • Switch one thing either within your household or your place of business within the month of July that helps to reduce plastic use. Then post a picture to BALM! Baby’s FB page. (
  • Make sure you ALSO enter the GIVEAWAY via Rafflecopter.
  • Prizes include: $100 Gift Card to be used at their online shop ( * Glass Dharma $25 Gift Card * Pura $50 Gift Pack * SmartBottoms AIO Cloth Diaper (One Size ORGANIC) * Irresistibly Green $25 Gift Card * Life Without Plastic Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold set * Best Bottoms Shell & Inserts * Planet Wise Snack Pack Set * Brinware Plate Set * Imagine One Size Pocket Diaper 2 Pack * Rescued Rumps BreastFeeding Tshirt * Kissed by the Moon Tea Collection item + BALM! Baby SUN! * Little Flock of Horrors “The Boss Bodysuit” (Merino Wool!)  * PLUS Stay tuned for MORE!

WHY Take the Challenge?

Most people are unaware that plastic is a huge issue, not just to our planet, but our health.
Our Planet: Plastic will NEVER break down. 2oz. of plastic will ALWAYS be 2oz. of plastic & can only be down-cycled / up-cycled so many times.

Our Health: When plastic is used for food or skin care containers, there are health concerns because plastic can leech, especially when warmed up,making even natural products become full of toxic chemicals, and therfore, no longer natural.

Get Informed! Be Part of the solution!

 Switch Ideas:

* Switch items with plastic material to more sustainable materials (glass, stainless steel, wood, clay, fabric, aluminum, etc.)
* Buy some re-usable stainless steel or glass water bottles instead of plastic ones.
* Buy some re-usuable stainless steel or glass food containers.
* Buy in BULK, taking your re-usable containers in to fill up.  I LOVE this bc I don’t have to transfer my bulk items to containers after I get home..I just unload from the car straight into the pantry…reduces time!

Feel free to switch as MANY things as you’d like (just don’t overwhelm yourselves!).

7 Responses to “BALM! Baby’s Plastic FREE July Challenge + Giveaway”

  1. BethTerry says:

    Hi yuki1.  Malena says you don’t have to post your pic to Facebook to enter the giveaway.  You can just fill out the form and enter the Rafflecopter.  (Links above.)

  2. Sarah S says:

    Wow, what a nice bunch of prizes! I’m going to redouble my efforts not to forget my bulk jar.s

  3. sanielj says:

    I reuse glass jars and with school starting soon I found a bento box metal for .my son to take for lunch. Thanks great giveaway

  4. Emily says:

    To keep the environment plastic free, I make my own laundry soap from ingredients sourced in cardboard boxes, and put the soap in a reusable container. :)

  5. yuki1 says:

    BethTerry yuki1 But why I didn’t think of that! It’s a wonderful idea! I just have to label them and find a place to store them. Thanks a lot! 

    There is no worries with my liquid soap, I buy it in bulk but I finally made the switch because I found soap bars without any perfume or essential oils. I also hope it will help my husband’s dry skin.

  6. BethTerry says:

    yuki1 Hi Yuki.  I can ask Malena from BALM! Baby if there is a way for people without Facebook accounts to participate.  I know several other people who are not on Facebook.

    At the bulk store, there are several things you could do.  First, of course, is to talk to the manager and explain why you want to use your own container and encourage them to change their policy.  But second, in the meantime, you could just keep reusing the same plastic bags.  Empty the contents into glass or metal as soon as you get home, and bring the bags back to the store to reuse. They never have to know.  :-)

    One one more thing… if you really like liquid soap, Taylor House (the parent company of BALM! Baby) sells liquid soap in glass bottles.  Check it out:

  7. yuki1 says:

    I don’t think I will be participating, I don’t have facebook and I really don’t see what I could do more. But I just wanted to say that I’m really jealous of you people with bulk stores. A new bulk store has open where I live but they don’t accept that we use our own containers. They have these HUGE plastic bags, even for the spices!

    I will do something more though, just not before the end of the month. I will switch from liquid soap to bar soaps! Finally! I know I’m late. I already bought them but they won’t arrive until August. I can’t wait to try them. Also, if someone has an idea where I can buy a soap holder that has not any plastic in it, I welcome ideas. I found a magnetic soap holder on Amazon but it has some plastic. The metal ones won’t fit in my shower.