“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February Giveaway: To Go Ware & Waldorf Doll

Congrats to everyone who has made an eco friendly change this month!  Hopefully by now the change is in place and has become a habit in your every day life.  We still have a few days left in the month, but it's time to start brainstorming ideas for March!  Now for the giveaway! 

This month we have 2 prizes to be awarded to 2 winners.  Here they are:

1.  Waldorf Cuddle Doll handmade by Demilunes.  Aux Demilunes is a nature friendly shop,  full of handmade items by a young stay-at-home mom. Their family believes that every toy and plaything should be beautiful and earth based, and so this is what they want to sell to the other children. Most toys are original design, with prototypes that have been quality tested by children.  Most of the materials used are recycled, upcycled, bought in thrift stores, or found in local shops. 

2.  To Go Ware Bamboo Utensils:  Donated by Hip Mountain Mama...These are great for eating out, taking lunch to work, picnics, pot lucks, or camping.  Each set comes with a bamboo spoon, fork, knife, and chopsticks in a carrying case made of recycled plastic bottles. 
To Enter:
Leave a comment here and let us know what your February change was and if it was a success or not.  We will announce the 2 winners on Saturday Feb. 26th
Good luck!

Congratulations to the following winners:

To Go Ware Utensils donated by Hip Mountain Mama:

Waldorf Cuddle Doll
The Domestic Diva


  1. Those bamboo utensils look really great!

    Our change was to avoid using the tubler dryer. It begun very well, but the last two weeks have been tough as we've had the flu AND catched a cold, everything going from one person to another. We've tried our best and I think we did hang at least 50% of the laundry to dry, but for the rest we use the dryer. However, between fever and throwing up I think we are forgiven ;-) We will contine this next month as well, hoping for better results.

  2. We have switched over about 8 of our toxic cleaners to Shaklee. Gave the old stuff away on freecycle and aren't looking back!

    Also turned the heat down 5 degrees at night (why hadn't we done this before!) and my husband started going into the office but using reusable containers for his lunches...all on his own great guy!

  3. Our change was cutting out the little paper here and there. We already cut the junk mail, re-use pieces of paper, use both sides and recycle. But I wanted to cut the little paper that seems to come home with us from errands and such. I would say we are on the right path. The trick is to stop people before they print things out, ask them to fax as much as possible, and read things there and then hand them back the paper. :)

    Wonderful giveaway -- love bamboo and the doll is too cute!

  4. we went with lowering meat consumption to 1 chicken, 1 lb of beef, and 1/2 lb of fish a week.

    done pretty well..... still have a bit more meat in the fridge. lots if beans, quinoa, eggs and brown rice.
    it has been hard- with minimal veggies available locally- but also fun pulling dinners together.

  5. What a great giveaway! Our change of getting back in the habit of vermicomposting is going great! Happy worms.

  6. Our February change has been to walk to school instead of driving - it takes about 20 minutes to walk each way. Our dog Magoo is loving the walks too - and the kids especially love showing their dog off when they arrive at school - and they are so happy to see him at the end of the day for the walk home!

  7. My change has been eating less and being conscious of my unnecessary consumption. It's been a big challenge for me because I am an emotional eater, but that is not good for my body or our resources and our environment. It is very wasteful. It's been a good thing to be conscious of this month, but will continue to be a challenge for me.

  8. Our change has been switching over household cleaners to vinegar. At first everyone was skeptical but one floor scrubbing later and the results were hard to deny! It smells like Easter in here but it's clean and safe!

  9. We started bringing glass jars to the market to fill with bulk goods (instead of using plastic bags). It works well when I remember, and when there isn't a huge line to get a tare weight established prior to shopping (it takes two trips through the register to do this at our market).

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. My big February change was to bake a loaf of no-knead bread — mainly to see if it's something I can fit in as a regular part of my weekly routine. It's 2/24, and that loaf is not yet baked! *sigh* We were sick most of the first half of the month, and my son's school has been closed all week, so ... I guess it'll have to be baked this weekend!

  11. Our February change was to reduce the number of loads of laundry per week. We have been trying to wear our clothes more than once (although with little ones who are not that great at spoon to mouth coordination!, it becomes difficult!). We have been moderately successful, but i feel as though we still have a few more loads to eliminate.

  12. My change has been to stop using disposable teabags, and it has been wonderfully successful. My new cloth teabags are not only more environmentally friendly, they're more functional and lots prettier, too!

    (Great giveaway - I've been meaning to pick up a set of bamboo utensils!)

  13. I have been eyeing the to go ware for some time now. Thanks for the chance to win.

    For February, I started using baking soda and lemons to clean my kitchen sink. The results have been great and I am no longer using the store bought sink cleaner.

    onepinkfish @ yahoo dot com

  14. For February, we switched to cloth napkins and love it! Used paper napkins every meal and threw away almost cleans ones every time. Now we reuse the napkins until they are really dirty, using a different fold for each person to keep track whose is whose. Hardly notice a change in laundry, wash them once a week with the towels. Only use about 8 or 9 a week for a family of four. Thanks for the idea!

  15. We are actually doing great in our "changes." they have become our habits these past several months. We have switched to all cleaning products to vinegar and baking soda recently and am loving it! We'll see what next month will challenge us on our quest! :)

  16. We made several changes this month. We did an overhaul on our recycling system making it easier for the kids to sort & take what we can to the kids school for the paper retriever. We also started making homemade laundry soap. Just posted a blog about it today. We love it!

  17. This February we have been using our woodstove for not only heat but for much of our cooking, mostly bringing pots to boil, or letting a soup simmer all day long on it...also laying our woolens out on towels alongside the stove to dry. It is such a pleasure. What a lovely give-away you have here.

  18. Love the To Go Ware!

    February brought much change:

    *Began buying organic/veggie & grass-fed (eggs, milk, produce).
    *I made all-purpose scrub (and store it in a reused cheese shaker bottle) and all-purpose spray cleaner (which I store in a reused eCover bottle).
    *We reduced our use of plastic storage containers/freezer bags--and now use glass Pyrex and/or biodegradable wax bags.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  19. This February my small change was to try and eliminate plastic bags from my shopping life and it has gone very well!

    The biggest challenge I found was dealing with small fruit I buy in multiples (apples, peaches, grapes, etc.) but I was given some gorgeous, light, smaller fruit and veggie bags that solved that difficulty no problem!

    The only time this month when I've had to accept plastic bags is at our local fish markets; I love supporting them, but I'm still wondering how I can get around having to accept them putting fish into their plastic bags (especially when you throw ice into the equation as well) It will require more thought!

    All in all I'm considering this month to be a success, I love my little strawberry fold-away bag I carry with me everywhere now for impulse purchases, it does such a good job!

  20. We purchased and have started eating 1/8th of a locally raised, grass fed cow! The meat tastes so much better!