Would you like to advertise on My Plastic-free Life? Please read the following:
My Plastic-free Life is not a general green blog. While I sometimes veer outside my usual topic area, the main focus is plastic. Plastic pollution. Plastic toxicity. Plastic litter and waste and recycling. Ways to reduce our dependence on plastic and find plastic-free alternatives.
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My Plastic-free Life accepts advertising from companies and organizations that are in alignment with the values of this blog and its writer. Organizations and campaigns can be related to environmental issues, social justice, animal welfare, or other humanitarian causes.
Products and services advertised must either be plastic-free or help us to reduce our plastic consumption in some way. For example, I would not run an ad for a natural skincare cream if the product is packaged in a plastic jar. I might, however, advertise a durable plastic item if its use will significantly reduce the consumption and waste of many disposable plastic items. I will never run an ad for a food product packaged in plastic.
Additionally, I insist on full disclosure of ingredients in any products advertised. Non-specific ingredients like “fragrance,” “dye,” “preservatives,” etc. are not acceptable. If we don’t know what’s in the product, we can’t be sure it’s safe.
Product advertisers must also be commited to sustainable shipping. Please see below for my packaging policy.
There are several ways to place an ad:
- BlogAds: This program allows you to run an ad for a fixed price each week, regardless of the number of hits or sales generated through the ad. BlogAds appear at the very top of the advertising sidebar on each page. Follow this link to create your ad on My Plastic-free Life.
- Share-a-Sale, ClixGalore, and Rakuten Affiliate Network are all companies that provide Affiliate advertising for bloggers. You can create ads that pay for clicks or for sales generated. If you already have an account with one of these companies and feel your ad would be appropriate for My Plastic-free Life, please contact me and let me know about it. If not, you will need to sign up with one of them to get started.
- Your own affiliate program: If you have an affiliate program through another network, please contact me and let me know about it.
2016 Update: Pursuant to my Buy Nothing New Challenge this year, I’m not currently accepting products for review unless they are unique and important solutions to the plastic problem. “Unique” means that something similar has never been reviewed on this site. “Important” means that the product will help eliminate a significant amount of plastic consumption or plastic waste. In general, I encourage readers to reduce their plastic and carbon footprint by buying less of everything, not by shopping their way to a solution.
When shipping products to me, please try not to use any plastic packaging. This includes styrofoam peanuts, plastic wrap, plastic bubble wrap, plastic tape, Tyvek and other plastic envelopes, plastic bubble envelopes. There are plenty of plastic-free alternatives. My favorites are made from recycled paper. Here are just a few options, but there are plenty more. If you use a different sustainable packing material, I’d love to hear about it.
- Yesterday’s News padded mailers made from recyled newpaper fiber
- Jiffy padded mailers (the kind with paper pulp padding rather than plastic bubble padding)
- Paper packing tape
- Molded paper pulp
- EcoCradle molded packing material made from mushrooms
- Geami protective wrap
I disclose my material relationships, policies and business practices. My readers will know the difference between editorial, advertorial, and advertising, should I choose to have it. If I do sponsored or paid posts, they are clearly marked.
When posting a review, I fully disclose any free samples I receive from companies within the body of the post. I do not accept money for writing reviews. I do participate in some affiliate programs (all of which are shown in the Ads Section of each page) and when there are affiliate links within the body of the post, I will also disclose them within that post.
My words and opinions are my own. I do not feel beholden to advertisers, PR reps, merchants, or others who wish to gain from a relationship with this blog. I select relationships carefully because not only is my personal reputation on the line, but the whole purpose of My Plastic-free Life, which is to help create a better world through learning to live with less plastic.
People have asked me if I live off of the income generated through My Plastic-free Life. The answer is a resounding no. The high standards I set for advertising are such that I make only enough to support My Plastic-free Life. I can travel to blogging conferences, for example, or take field trips to learn about plastic recycling. In order to keep a roof over my head and food in my belly, I work as an accountant for a local Bay Area company. But thanks for asking!