This is the first of a four-week series of posts brought to you by Scott Naturals and TheMotherhood about going green, just in time for Earth Day. Since I am passionate about going green, I am really excited about this series. In addition to some great “green”‘ topics, I also get to giveaway four prize packs and tell you about how you could win a $100 Amazon gift card or a Ford Hybrid. Plus with a single click, we all have the opportunity to help the National Wildlife Federation because for each click through my special link (below) Scott will donate $1!
Since this is the first of the series and there is so much info to share, I am going to keep this week’s post pretty simple.
“Going green” means a lot of things to a lot of people. To some, it sounds like a cliché fad. Others find the whole idea daunting. Still others worry about giving up things they love and becoming too “granola.” And finally others believe that it is our responsibility as enlightened adults. So who is right?
The funny thing is that at some point in my life, I have felt going green was each of these things (and more). When I was young, I was super into saving the planet and was an early adopter of recycling. When I first got married, I felt as though all of the things we are “supposed” to do were just too much, and I didn’t want to give up my way of life. Later, I became jaded as “green” became a cool thing to do. And today, I believe it is not only our responsibility to do what we can, but my responsibility to encourage others to see past our own personal limitations to try one step toward being more green – just one step.
To me going green isn’t about changing your way of life today. It is about taking one step at a time, toward doing something that is better for the world around you. I have mentioned in previous posts my own amazement how these steps that seem so huge at first can slowly become a natural habit until you forget how green you have become. (For example, My Green Bag Story.)
In conjunction with Scott Naturals’ 4-week test drive challenge, I challenge you to take a step. Any step, toward doing something for the world around you. At the end of a month or two, think about how the step has become part of your life. Once that step becomes habit, consider taking another step. Like learning to walk, you too can learn to be green. (If after 20 years of working on my father, he now automatically recycles his Coke cans… you too can make a step a life habit. True story!)
So what is this 4-week test drive? Scott Naturals products are made with recycled fibers and sustainable materials instead of 100% virgin fibers, and the 4-week test drive is a challenge for people to swap their current brand of paper products made of virgin fibers (paper towels, napkins, toilet paper and flushable wipes) for those made from recycled and sustainable fibers. According to Scott, if we all swapped our current products for Scott Naturals for four weeks we would save 2 million trees.
My family is taking the test drive, and if you are up to the challenge, you can visit Scott Brand’s website to take the challenge and snag coupons to save money on the Scott Naturals products. Additionally, just for clicking on the link to check out the challenge, Scott will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to the National Wildlife Federation. (Yes, all you have to do is click and $1 is donated on your behalf.
After taking the challenge, be sure to enter to win a Ford Fusion Hybrid! (How cool would it be if a TheSuburbanMom reader won the car!) AND if you head over to the Scott Naturals Facebook page, you can enter daily to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card.
WIN it – Finally, to help one reader take the 4-week test drive challenge, I am giving away a Scott Naturals prize pack that includes paper towels, napkins, toilet paper and flushable wipes. (See how easy I want to make it to help you take a step?!)
This giveaway is now closed, HOWEVER, you there will be 3 more giveaways for the same prize pack over the next 3 weeks.
Contest ends April 18, 2011 at 11:59 PM – There will be 3 more giveaways with the last ending May 9. Open to U.S. residents in the continental U.S. only. Winning comment will be chosen at random by Random.org and contacted for shipping information. Winner will have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Disclosure – This post is sponsored by Scott Naturals and TheMotherhood, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.