Thursday, September 24, 2009

great greenies & a giveaway! with kootsac

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greening.... i find it exciting and hopeful that while there sure are lots of terrible things going on to pollute & harm our planet, there are so many wonderful folks doing fabulous things to help make the world a greener, healthier place! so, the rikrak studio is happy to feature great green-ies : snapshots of amazing, inspiring. eco-forward-thinking folks & groups from all sorts of fields and paths in the greening movement. some inspire by greening at home, or in their business; in their art or the larger world, or on many levels at once! i've asked each green-ie to suggest an easy eco-idea or tip we might all be able to add to our daily lives. today i'm honoured to present the next in this series! and yay... read on to find out how to win a superfun eco.friendly prize pack!

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i love great ideas.
and i love eco. forward folk.

and when great ideas and eco.forward folk meet, great things happen!

enter kootsac (aka inkyspider).
i just love this bright & brilliant shop! kootsac makes gorgeous reusable bulk food bags, filling our need for an alternative to plastic while we shop! she handcrafts bulk food bags, produce bags, totes and more. i met kootsac thru her inspiring work both the EcoEtsy Team and the TransCanadaEtsy Team, and i've long been inspired by her fabulous ideas, her genuine commitment to greening and eco-forward living, and her leadership in the handmade movement.




and here's kootsac's eco.tip:
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"I believe that the simple act of growing a garden leads not only to the nourishment of our bodies and souls but also to a deep love and gratitude for the earth. This is the perfect 'groundwork' towards healing our precious planet.

I love this quote from Dylan Thomas: "The force that through the green fuse drives the flower, drives my green age."

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thanks so much, kootsac!
and goodbye plastic... hello kootsac bags!
and now... a set can be yours!

that's right... the lovely kootsac is offering one lucky rikrak studio reader a chance to
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WIN a set of 3 reusable produce bags, made of natural silk
in this week's giveaway!
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here's how to enter the giveaway!
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1. go visit the lovely kootsac shop.
... take a look around ... come back here and leave a comment in this post about your favourite goodie from her shop & why.= 1 entry

2.
share with us YOUR FAVE easy eco.tip that you USE in your own home/business!

... = 1 entry

3. visit the whatdoesthegoldenmean blog (the kootsac & inkyspider blog) and follow it!
... then come back here and tell us about it. = 1 entry.

4. tweet on twitter
about this giveaway and leave us a link to it in a separate comment here. please include @therikrakshop so i can see it, too! :) = 1 more possible entry.


5. blog about
this giveaway and leave us a link to it in a separate comment here.= 1 more possible entry

6. follow or subscribe to the rikrak studio blog
and leave me a comment here telling us that you do! = 1 more possible entry.

7. do a facebook update about this giveaway
and tell us here. = 1 more entry.

8. :: PLEASE NOTE: each entry must be it's own comment.. thanks! ::

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:: RULES ::
a) it is possible to have a maximum of 7 entries total per person.
b) please make sure to leave each entry as it's own comment. thanks!
c) using random.org, 1 winner will be chosen via random.org on
wednesday september 30th @ 9pm EST.
d) please be sure to leave me an email where i can reach you if your account doesn't link to one. thanks.

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119 comments:

  1. Cool giveaway!
    I tweeted about it this morning. http://twitter.com/susansgreetings

    Susan Schrock
    www.susanschrock.blogspot.com

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  2. I am also already a follower of your lovely blog.

    Susan

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  3. My favorite item is definitely the Juliet set. I'm an Etsy jewelry junkie and I love it when sellers make matching sets. Purple is my favorite color.

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30881621

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  4. I love gardening and I try my best to be a responsible citizen so one of the things I do is spread coffee grounds, egg shells and raw veggies scraps in my flowerbeds instead of putting them in the trash. It's doubly good for the earth!

    I also recycle my paper scraps from all of my card making projects.

    Susan

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  5. Morning!

    Love Morgens shop, and I especially love the natural silk food storage bags!
    Wonderful feature and giveaway!

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  6. I too am a follower of your blog!

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  7. I just posted your blog link on my facebook page!

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  8. I am already following Morgens blog, very cool post about drying red beans!

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  9. I just tweeted about this fabulous feature and giveaway on twitter!

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  10. I'm a big fan of the Reusable produce bags - Kootsak's set of two natural cotton are nice, the silk ones are gorgeous! I have four reuseable produce bags already that I always take to the store... I get so many comments from shoppers and cashiers on them! And I don't feel like a jerk for using plastic bags anymore :) I can always use more, being vegetarian you can imagine we go through a lot of produce!

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  11. I think my fave eco-tip would be to re-use. I know it's old news but it makes a big difference to the amount that goes out in the garbage, and saves money too!
    We do a lot of preserves, re-using the jars rather than buying and recycling cans, which has a lot of processing and chemicals involved. And if we do buy canned food we reuse the cans for potting up seedlings, pencil holders, painting, etc.
    Most things can have a second life when their first is over, you just need to think about it and repurpose things.

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  12. I blogged here:
    http://emilyisland.blogspot.com/2009/09/two-more-days.html

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  13. i like this mixed set of spice bags- gorgeous colors!!!
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31176822

    i've worked with kootsac on a few team projects- she is just a delight!!

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  14. my fave eco tip at the moment is saving old t-shirts & fabrics and cutting them up into wonderfully absorbent rags!

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  15. I am a follower of what the golden means blog!

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  16. Love Kootsac!!!!

    My favorite item would be the medium bags.
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31176807

    These would be perfect for my little one to take to school :)

    Rikkianne

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  17. Hi there,
    First of all, I love your blog; always so happy & I think it's wonderful how you promote other artisans!
    I had a look around Morgen's shop - how fabulous & what a fantastic idea.
    I'm going to forward her link to both my daughter & step-daughter who are both eco conscious!
    My husband & I make a point of looking at how we can become more eco "aware" everyday; no more plastic bottles or bags & more recycling. I also always make sure I use all of my paper scraps when making my cards - nothing goes to waste!
    Thanks & have a super day!
    Sue

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  18. I love the nylon produce bags (in green).
    Samantha
    simietah@msn.com

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  19. I'm now following whatdoesthegoldenmean blog...I never knew that kidney beans had red pods...
    Samantha
    simietah@msn.com

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  20. Love this one: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31176822 set of 4 medium bags. Perfect for snacks on the go for the kiddos! And the different colors mean I color code things for the 9-month old and the 3-year-old!

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  21. I'm now following the rikrak studio. I make purses and yoga bags out of jeans.

    JeansAndASweater.etsy.com
    simietah@msn.com
    Samantha

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  22. Favorite eco tip? We dilute Dr. Bronner's peppermint castille soap and re-use Method foam pump soap dispensers. Half water and half soap - or even less! -- foams up incredibly well! We're using less than half the soap we used to, castille soap is no-impact for the environment, and the scent is awesome!

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  23. just tweeted:

    cool giveaway on @therikrakshop at http://bit.ly/akFRe bags by kootsac

    I'm @jandasweater on twitter.
    simietah@msn.com
    Samantha

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  24. Following http://whatdoesthegoldenmean.blogspot.com/

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  25. And last but not least, Twittered! ( http://www.twitter.com/jpoundstone ) Whew!

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  26. Great contest rikrak!

    Just did a facebook entry about it:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Lazare-QC/Paisley-Baby/96257663450

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  27. I would love this set of produce bags:

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29324646

    But really, all the bags are great!

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  28. Easy eco tip:

    Use both sides of the paper! I keep all paper that only has writing on one side for my kids to use or to print things on for my own use.

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  29. I am now following kootsac's blog.

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  30. Just twittered about the contest - twice because I have automatic updates from my facebook page.

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  31. I'm following what the golden blog means.

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  32. I TWEETED about your Giveaway
    "GIVEAWAY extravaganza!!!! Go to RIKRAK @therikrakshop and enter!!!! Up to 7 chances to enter....quick!
    2 minutes ago from web "

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  33. I love the natural silk set
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28308577
    What a great idea!
    Char

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  34. AND I am already an avid follower oof your blog!

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  35. I love the reusable produce bags, such a great idea.

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  36. awesome! such a great shop [love that it's canadian, too!] my faves are the produce bags, because while i always use my large shopping bags, it feels awful to still use the plastic produce ones, even when i recycle mine. these would be perfect!

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  37. i tweeted it too :) http://twitter.com/smidgeboxdesign/status/4347977567

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  38. What a great shop!

    I like the reusable produce bags

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  39. I'm already a follower of your blog :)

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  40. i love the red bags- because i would love to stop using plastic produce bags.

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  41. I like the Large reusable food bag - turquoise because I buy fruits and veggies every week at the grocery store and this is so much better than using those plastic throw-away bags the store gives me.

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  42. I Like the Reusable food bags - set of three yellow - I love the colour and the size - perfect for the bulk food store!

    crabapple3@gmail.com

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  43. My green efforts include using natural laundry soap and household cleaners, recycling, and using reusable menstrual products.


    crabapple3@gmail.com

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  44. My favorite item is the set of three natural colored silk bags.

    abigail.lee {at} gmail.com

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  45. My eco tip:
    I just started my fall garden. So exciting! I've also recently convinced my boyfriend that recycling is not "hippie" and is cool and a good decision. ^_^

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  46. Very nice. I could use some of these! I also like the set of three medium Reusable food bags. We've been trying to buy bulk foods more often from our local health food store sot these would come in handy. Thanks

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  47. I like the Medium reusable food bag - purple. It's such a pretty color!

    lesjoujou AT gmail DOT com

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  48. I like the natural cotton produce bags, because they are pretty and made of natural fiber and I'm still using plastic for veggies.

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  49. My favorite eco-tip of the year is: toilet cloth! Instead of toilet paper, I use organic hemp or cotton cloth squares and pieces cut out of my old underwear, storing them in a basket on the counter and a metal composting bin next to the toilet in one bathroom, and in a wet/dry diaper bag in the second bathroom. I also carry them in a mini wet/dry bag in my purse. It's better for my health, it's cheaper than toilet paper in the long run, and it's less wasteful. It's also kind of fun to choose the fabric, and it's definitely more comfortable.

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  50. wonderful giveaway-thanks! My favorite items in kootsac's shop are the natural silk food bags.

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  51. i really like the Large reusable food bag - red!

    fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

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  52. i have a backyard composter where we toss in all our food and biodegradable waste. that's less junk going to the landfill and it's great for gardening!

    fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

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  53. I like the Reusable produce bags - set of two natural cotton because they would be perfect to take to the grocery store and use instead of the plastic bags.
    kkondek at gmail.com

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  54. Tweet! http://twitter.com/ktkatherine/status/4372941914
    kkondek at gmail.com

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  55. I love the purple bulk food bags! Purple is my favorite color!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  56. I like the reusable food bags of ripstop nylon, especially the mixed spice set.

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  57. Like the Reusable food bags - set of three purple, useful and in a great color
    copperllama at yahoo dot com

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  58. We have "kitchen" wash cloths that we use for napkins and paper towel replacements, green for napkins and blue for paper towel
    copperllama at yahoo dot com

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  59. I follow blog
    copperllama at yahoo dot com

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  60. I love the reusable produce bags! They're awesome! :)

    An eco tip that I have is to re-use packaging materials - old flyers and magazines work great! I also re-use envelopes and cardboard boxes!

    I also followed this blog! :) Thanks so much!

    lostmittenetsy at gmail dot com

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  61. I like the Mixed Spice set of four. Great stuff!

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  62. One eco thing we do is cloth diaper.

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  63. I love the idea of using these for produce. I buy a lot of nuts and rice in bulk, so these would be perfect. I really like the sets of three, especially in turquoise.

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  64. I started composting. It's a really easy way to cut down on kitchen and lawn/garden garbage while improving soil for growing veggies at home!

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  65. following kootsac/inkyspider's blog

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  66. tweeted: http://twitter.com/jsoldham/status/4386766017

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  67. My favorite items would have to be the natural silk and natural cotton bags :)

    Priscilla(at)MySwaddleBabies(dot)com

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  68. I reuse packaging material from local businesses and my own orders when shipping my Swaddle Babies. I also carry reusable water bottles and shopping bags wherever I go :)

    Priscilla(at)MySwaddleBabies(dot)com

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  69. Following What Does the Golden Mean? blog. The photos from the garment show are so much fun :)

    Priscilla(at)MySwaddleBabies(dot)com

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  70. Tweeted giveaway

    http://twitter.com/SwaddleBabies/status/4387473081

    Twitter, Etsy ID: SwaddleBabies
    Priscilla(at)MySwaddleBabies(dot)com

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  71. Following the Rikrak Studio :)

    Priscilla(at)MySwaddleBabies(dot)com

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  72. My favorite item-
    The Green Bag - reusable produce bag - set of two

    I have been wanting to try these for some time now.

    ashley

    jepeuxetsy @ yahoo .com

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  73. Eco Tip-

    change printed bills to emailed bills.
    turn off comupter,wii,tv,lights off when not in use.

    ashley
    jepeuxetsy @ yahoo .com

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  74. follower of ric rac

    ashley
    jepeuxetsy @ yahoo .com

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  75. I love these:
    Medium reusable food bag - purple
    Because i like so much the color!

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  76. I am a follower Morgens blog!

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  77. I like the Large reusable food bag - red. I love the color and we buy rice in bulk this would be perfect

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  78. I gave a Facebook update here:
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Susans-Greetings/130835467979?ref=ts

    Susan

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  79. I like the Reusable food bags - natural silk - set of three

    the_eternal_voyageur at rediffmail dot com

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  80. I really like the green bulk nylon bags - they are perfect for storing my bulk grains like bulgur and rice. YAY!!! The best part is that they are easily stackable unlike plastic tubs, so much space is wasted when the tub is only half full.

    XO
    Rachael (aka Roscata on Etsy)
    www.roscata.com

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  81. My favorite eco tip is that I keep a recycle bag (usually a paper bag from a shopping trip) under my desk at work and during the day, I put all my recyclables in there. My work place doesn't recycle anything except white paper so I bring that home every night and sort it when I get home.

    XO
    Rachael (aka Roscata on Etsy)
    www.roscata.com

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  82. I follow the What Does the Golden Mean blog!

    XO
    Rachael (aka Roscata on Etsy)
    www.roscata.com

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  83. Tweet! Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/roscatastuff/status/4403254326

    XO
    Rachael (aka Roscata on Etsy)
    www.roscata.com

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  84. Blogged!
    http://roscata.com/blog/?p=726

    XO
    Rachael (aka Roscata on Etsy)
    www.roscata.com

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  85. I follow your blog and subscribe to the RSS feed via Google Reader. Yay!

    XO
    Rachael (aka Roscata on Etsy)
    www.roscata.com

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  86. My favourite are actually the ones featured here already, the Reusable food bags - natural silk - set of three. I prefer the plain, white muted colours of these. Would be awesome though if she also offered a hemp/organic cotton option too.:)

    hello@balancedcrafts.com

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  87. Thanks for the opportunity to win! My fave item is the LARGE reusable food bag in purple. I could use a bag like this for my flax seeds that I buy in bulk!
    Zoe0825@verizon.net

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  88. I'm a new follower of "whatdoesthegoldenmean" blog!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Zoe0825@verizon.net

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  89. I love the natural cotton reusable produce bags - we buy veggies for ourselves AND our bunny every week and I think that buying the produce bags would be our final step toward an eco-friendly shop!

    krherning at yahoo dot com

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  90. My favorite office tip is quite simple, actually. Phoenix is terrible about recycling...as far as making it available. Very few apartment complexes have bins for recycling, and the hospital I work at has very few recycling bins that are not very accessible. I decided to collect our bottles/cans in a bag in the office and take them home for recycling! People will usually choose to recycle something rather than throw it away if recycling is as accessible as trash :)

    krherning at yahoo dot com

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  91. I like the large natural silk reusable food bag because it would be a great way to buy things like flour without using plastic bags (I've seen a lot of alternatives that are suitable for produce, grains, and pulses, but very few that would work for powders).

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  92. This is my favorite item: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31200901

    I like this set of bags because the color is great, and there are three different sizes. Since I like to buy a lot of my food in bulk, but find it really hard to reuse the thin plastic bags, this set would be the most helpful to me.

    ALMaddux at gmail dot com

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  93. My favorite eco tip is to use reusable plastic containers instead of plastic bags whenever possible. I save things like butter containers so I can reuse them a few times, and then recycle them when they start looking gross from the dishwasher.

    ALMaddux at gmail dot com

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  94. i love the Reusable food bags - set of three turquoise.
    nice color!

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  95. i follow what does golden mean?

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  96. subscribed via google reader!

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  97. So cool! I love any of the produce bags because I hate having to use them at the supermarket.

    june[at] juneshin.com

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  98. I recently bought Skoy Cloths to help cut down on our paper towel use. We use it to wipe down pretty much everything. They're reusable and washable, and dry quickly so they don't grow bacteria like sponges do.

    Thanks!
    June

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  99. I am now following your blog. :)

    June

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  100. i like the juliet set in purple
    deefna at gmail dot com

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  101. I like the natural cotton produce bags! They're somewhat see through so you can tell what's in them, and that the ties are included!

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  102. I tweeted about it! http://twitter.com/etsywinkydinks

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  103. Great giveaway — thanks! And great products. I like the Mixed Spice set of four reusable bags... I'd colour-code my stuff :)

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29251707

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  104. My eco-thing:
    I compost. It means that I only throw out a bag of garbage (and a small one at that) every 4 or 5 weeks!

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  105. And I tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/mchenwears/status/4507728054

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  106. I love the reusable green bags. They would be perfect for all my market needs.

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  107. I love love cloth napkins. We use them all the time at home. Not only are they pretty...but they are cheaper then paper ones.

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  108. I like the Reusable food bags - set of three purple - great color.
    jswandrn @ gmail.com

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    thanks lovlies!
    the contest is now closed!
    tune in for the winner!
    thanks!

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thanks so much for your comments, nicies!
it's a joy to read what everyone writes here.
thank you!