Vote for a Home Renovation!

September 7, 2010 · Filed Under Contests, Environment, Guest Posts, News

Now you may heard of Habitat for Humanity, where volunteers and staff alike go in and help construct a home for someone in need. But have you heard of Rebuilding Together? This organization focuses on a similar segment of the population, but specifically does home renovations. An important part of green renovations is working within the current constraints of the home, so they are truly making a large impact.

EconoLodge and Rodeway have teamed up to help sponsor a home renovation and you get to vote to see who the most deserving participant is! The big renovation will kick off October 28th, so read the four finalists’ stories and vote to support one of their dream renovations.

You can read the official Press Release here.
Or check out the competition and learn about the rules here!

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Win an Eco-Tourism Trip for Two!

August 6, 2010 · Filed Under Contests, Environment, Guest Posts, News

How does soaking up rays in Costa Rica (the eco way of course) with a special someone sound? Well then read up on Neenah Paper’s work in the sustainability field, sign up to win the contest, take the quiz and wait on baited breathe for them to announce your name!

Environment Paper made by Neenah Paper offers a wide variety of FSC-certified and eco-friendly paper options manufactured using 100% renewable energy. The paper industry used to be known as one of the dirtiest industries in business due to the toxins and leeching that was commonplace. So this commitment to sustainable paper both from a sourcing and a manufacturing perspective is refreshing.

Sign up to win here!

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Winner!

May 6, 2010 · Filed Under Contests
Naturally It's Green

The winner of the Naturally It’s Clean cleaning products is Susan. Susan will get their six top cleaning products kindly donated by Denny and Mike.  Even if you didn’t win, be sure to check out all of Naturally It’s Clean products.

Thanks to everybody that participated in this contest.  If you haven’t already, please sign up for my Email and RSS Subscription service to get all the latest articles, contests and news on my blog.

Spring Cleaning Give Away! – CLOSED

April 21, 2010 · Filed Under Contests, Environment, Green, Health, Products

Spring is in the air, and what better way to welcome the birds, bees, and sun than non-toxic cleaning products? Over the next few weeks, I will review different types of cleaners claiming to be ‘natural’ or ‘non-toxic’ but I would like to start the cleaning season with a special Earth Day Giveaway! Naturally It’s Clean is a line of enzyme-based household cleaners that is safe for children, pets, and our ecological system that has been donated to help one household ‘clean’ up their act.

With mainstream cleaning products increasingly being linked to cancer, acute health risks, and severe and irreparable ecological harm, your cleaning cabinet may need a good clean it self!

What is an Enzyme Cleaner?

Enzymes work on a biological level. According to Naturally It’s Clean’s Mike Wallrich, “Enzymes bind to the target material catalyzing it into harmless basic elements.” Basically, it latches on to whatever dirt, grime, or yuck that you are cleaning and breaks it down slowly into elements or compounds that can biodegrade.

Similar to conventional cleaning products, enzymes perform the same function of breaking down alkalines and acids. The difference is that by using a natural enzyme that can biodegrade which greatly reduces the ecological impact and health concerns. Chemical-based cleaners fight with stronger acids and alkalines and produce a toxic by-product.

Benefits:

  • Attack a specific type of bacteria
  • Removes odor
  • Continue to clean after you have sprayed it (since they are ‘alive’)
  • Use the same types of enzymes as hospitals, meaning they are safe and effective.
  • No fumes, vapors, phosphates, chlorine, or petroleum surfactants.
  • Non-corrosive
  • Non-caustic

Cons:

  • Enzymes do not last forever. Since it is an ‘active’ cleaner, don’t let it sit for several years before using it.
  • Extreme heat or cold could reduce the effectiveness of the enzymes

Health

From a human health perspective, cleaning products are one of the most commonly inhaled substances indoors by adults, children, and pets. The enzyme-cleaning agents in Naturally It’s Clean products are:

  • Free of off-gasing
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-toxic
  • Free of side effects
  • Safe for humans, animals, and children.

Ecology

From an ecological perspective, cleaning products can severely impact water, air, and soil quality. With products running down the drain, outside, lingering in your house, and leeching into the ground. These products are safe for our ecological system due to:

Natural binding properties that allow them to biodegrade the enzyme and the ‘yuck’ that the enzyme binds with

  • No petroleum-based ingredients
  • Type of surfactant
  • Natural colorant for the Floor and Toilet products

Is it better than my home remedy?

Impossible to say! Whether you are a cleaning product guru, like my Grandmother or not, it is hard to truly compare these products to home remedies for several reasons. First, everyone has a different home remedy. Second, everyone has different standards of ‘clean’.

What I can tell you is that the Mildew cleaner, the Floor cleaner, and their Tub and Tile cleaners all clean equally as well as their extremely toxic mainstream counterparts. As a whole, I have used these products for a couple of years now, and have never been disappointed. An individual used to cleaning with conventional products including Clorox, Ajax, and other similar brands will find them to hold up to their cleanliness standards. (Minus of course that burning sensation you feel when you inhale mainstream harsh cleaning products)

The ‘Run Down’ on Naturally It’s Clean Products

The most important thing that I learned about these products is this:

They work, naturally.

Something that I don’t take for granted with all ‘natural’ or ‘non-toxic’ labeled cleaning products. There is a significant amount of false labeling in the cleaning industry, with various standards, eco-labels, and third party certifications that can make products difficult to navigate. The two men who run this company Denny and Mike, are extremely helpful, gracious, and genuinely proud of their products. They have also gone through the certification process to sell these cleaning agents in Europe. Which compared to the loose standards in the United States, the EU’s certification process is intensive, attesting to their dedication and confidence in the safety and performance of their products.

So what are you waiting for? Enter to win their six top cleaning products kindly donated by Denny and Mike of Naturally It’s Clean and kick the chemical habitat of toxic cleaners!

Naturally It's Clean

The line of products that could be yours include:

  • Floors
  • Carpet
  • Tub & Tile
  • Kitchen
  • Mildew
  • Glass

How to Win

There are many opportunities to win this contest. You must leave a separate comment for each entry. Here’s all the ways to increase your chances to win:

  • Comment ( 1 entry ): Visit Naturally It’s Clean and tell us which of their products you like the most.
  • Subscribe to my email subscription ( up to 2 entries ): Follow Pays to Live Green’s daily articles by simply subscribing to to my email subscription service and/or RSS feed. This will give you a great chance to win and give you all the latest updates to my blog. A win-win situation. You get 1 entry for each subscription.
  • Spread the Word ( 2 entries ): You can get a better advantage by publicizing this giveaway on your blog. All you have to do is give a brief description of this contest and a link to it. Be sure to include a link to the post in a comment.
  • Twitter ( 1 entry ): Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this contest including a brief description of this contest and a link to it. Include a link to your Twitter account in the comment.
  • StumbleUpon ( 1 entry )Stumble this contest or one of my popular tools and leave a review.

When is it over?

This giveaway will end on May 5th, 2010 at 11:59 pm. We will randomly select a winner from the list of all entries and announce the winner the following day. This contest is only to U.S. residents 18 years or older.

Good luck to everybody and Happy Spring!

DoSomething.org Presents ‘Increase Your Green’

February 23, 2010 · Filed Under Contests

Do you or your kids want to make a difference in schools?  Well, here is your chance.  HP and DoSomething.org are teaming up to bring to you a national campaign called Increase Your Green.  This program is urging all students, parents, teachers to take action and reduce the environmental impact of their schools. In the process, your school could win $5,000 and some HP laptops that have green technologies. Nick Cannon is the spokesperson for this campaign.  Lets here what he has to say about Increase Your Green:

Though I am  not a huge fan of Nick Cannon, it’s really great to see these organizations trying to connect with our kids to get the word out about going green. Their site provides some great idea sin which schools can go green, ranging from greening up events to saving energy in our schools.  A few I mention here on my site are saving computer energy and using natural cleaners

How to Submit a Project?

To enter this contest:

  1. Setup a project around a school.
  2. Submit a proposal to the site I mentioned above.
  3. Submit more details about the final project by April 22nd.

I think regardless of who wins this contest, all schools need to take measure to make sure they are going green.  It’s important to get our kids involved learning about ways they can not only make their schools more green, but also in their daily lives.

GreenSmart Giveaway Winner

December 16, 2009 · Filed Under Contests

The winner of the GreenSmart NeoGreene lunch tote and wine carrier set is Sarah. Sarah will choose from one of their great lunch totes and wine carriers in one of 4 of their colors.  Even if you didn’t win, be sure to check out all of GreenSmart products ranging NeoGreen products to a great selection of quality bags.

Thanks to everybody that participated in this contest.  If you haven’t already, please sign up for my Email and RSS Subscription service to get all the latest articles, contests and news on my blog.

GreenSmart Neogreene Giveaway

December 4, 2009 · Filed Under Contests

It’s time to ditch Neoprene and get a more environmentally friendly product like GreenSmart’s Neogreene. This new product provides the same great stretchy material that neoprene provides, without all the dangerous chemicals. What’s even better is that GreenSmart is offering a set of their products to one of my readers.

GreenSmart

GreenSmart’s primary goal with all of their products and materials is to use what they call eco-process, striving to be as close to eco-friendly as possible.  It started with the use of their rPET material, a plastic that is constructed of recycled PET plastic.  The introduction of Neogreene came just earlier this year in hopes to replace the not so environmentally friendly neoprene.  Instead of using adhesives that contain dangerous chemicals, their product uses water based solvents.  Not only is 25% less energy and petroleum need to product neogreene, but it also contains no VOCs.  It doesn’t stop there though, EcoSmart also donates 10% of their profits to several environmental organizations including the World Wildlife Fund.

Contest

GreenSmart started this past summer by making laptop and water bottle sleeves using neogreene. They haven’t stopped there.  They just released their line of food and beverage neogreene products it makes it easy to carry your lunch or those ever so fragile wine bottles.  Now it’s your chance to win your choice of a a neogreene wine carrier and lunch bag valued at approximately $50.  Both come in 4 great colors: Licorice, Blue Ice, Tangerine and Eggplant.

Lunch Bags

The winner will get a choice of one of their 3 lunch bags:

Neogreene Lunch Bags

Wine Carrier

The winner will also get one of their wine carriers in one of their four great colors:

Neogreene Wine Carrier

How to Win

There are many opportunities to win this contest. You must leave a separate comment for each entry. Here’s all the ways to increase your chances to win:

  • Comment ( 1 entry ): Visit GreenSmart and tell us which of their products you like the most whether it be in rPET or neogreene or include which lunch bag and color you like the most.
  • Subscribe to my subscription services ( up to 2 entries ): Follow my daily articles by simply subscribing to to my email subscription service and/or RSS feed. This will give you a great chance to win and give you all the latest updates to my blog. A win-win situation. You get 1 entry for each subscription.
  • Spread the Word ( 2 entries ): You can get a better advantage by publicizing this giveaway on your blog. All you have to do is give a brief description of this contest and a link to it. Be sure to include a link to the post in a comment.
  • Twitter ( 1 entry ): Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this contest including a brief description of this contest and a link to it. Include a link to your Twitter account in the comment.
  • StumbleUpon ( 1 entry ): Stumble this contest or one of my popular tools and leave a review.

When is it over?

This giveaway will end December 15th, 2009 at 11:59pm. I will randomly select an winner from the list of all entries and announce the winner the following day. This contest is only to U.S. residents 18 years or older.

Good luck to everybody!

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