Thursday, August 13, 2009

GreenSmart Neogreene Review & Giveaway

In April I featured a giveaway from GreenSmart for a laptop jacket. What is so great about them is that all of their bags are made from recycled plastic PET bottles. I just love that they turn trash into cool products! Well now they have come out with an eco-friendly version of neoprene called Neogreene!

Hold on a minute. What is the problem with traditional neoprene you ask?

"Few people are aware that neoprene (polychloroprene) is a synthetic rubber, which uses 1930s technology to form a material that is almost impervious to other chemicals. Neoprene requires multiple manufacturing steps, including ulcanization, which makes neoprene wonderful for industrial applications like gaskets where strength and durability are critical. For consumer product application, gluing fabrics to the neoprene requires aggressive solvent adhesives which can form a bond with the neoprene. These adhesives can contain a wide variety of potentially harmful chemicals depending on the supplier; from toluene to formaldehyde, which can be easily noticed by the distinctive “chemical smell” of neoprene, the VOCs."
Neogreene looks and feels like traditional neoprene (stretchy and cushioned) but with none of the toxins. It also uses 25% less petroleum and 25% less energy to manufacture. There is so much more to being a green product than simply materials used - so I love that production of Neogreene is more efficient. At the moment, GreenSmart has laptop sleeves and bottle totes available in Neogreene and should be branching out to include even more products in 2010. They were generous enough to not only send me both a laptop sleeve and bottle tote to test out, but even a stainless steel water bottle.

First I was sent a 160z Innate stainless steel water bottle along with the short Neogreene bottle tote. I have to say that this water bottle is my favorite of any others I have tried, and I have a few. My favorite thing about it is the little pop-up top. I've used others with pop-ups that it was a struggle to get the water out of. Not the case here, the water flows effortlessly. My biggest gripe with stainless steel bottles is that since they aren't insulated, the water warms rather quickly and then you are also left with condensation all over the outside. I brought my bottle and tote with me to pick up W at preschool on a hot day. After about 1.5 hours the ice was all melted but the water was still nice and cold. I would say it kept it at a nice cool drinking temperature for a good 2 hours or so. Without the tote, I'd be lucky to get 30 minutes (in my past experiences). And while the bottle did still sweat and had condensation, the tote served as a barrier so there wasn't a puddle of water in my car. Oh and it will also help keep warm beverages warm - it is just too hot for that here right now though. I also love the carabineer clip because you can hook it on just about anything - like a stroller!




I was also sent a Neogreene laptop sleeve, that fits 13.3in. to 15.4in, to test out. I was so excited about this as I previously had nothing to protect my best friend laptop. This sleeve is super soft and squishy (I love the squishiness) and is waterproof. Such a plus in a house with 3 kids. The walls are 4mm thick for protection and the cool green mesh interior also serves as an insulator to help cool down your laptop. It is available in a variety of sizes so it is important that you measure your laptop!


Overall i am so very happy with my Neogreene products. I actually want to get myself the larger Innate bottle with the larger bottle tote because I chug water like crazy and W has been eyeballing my small one. Little stinker. I look forward to seeing what other Neogreene products are offered in the future.

Shop
You can order all Neogreen products from the GreenSmartDirect.com online store. They may also be purchased at various online retailers. Currently, GreenHome is having a sale of 20% Neogreene laptop sleeves - this week only.

***Giveaway Closed***

Win
GreenSmart will send one lucky winner the small Innate water bottle along with the short Neogreene bottle sleeve!

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This giveaway is open to US Residents 18+ only and will end on Thursday, August 27th at 11:59pm EST. One winner will be chosen at random using Random.org. Winner has 48 hours to claim his/her prize otherwise a new winner will be picked. You must leave your e-mail address in all of your comment(s) so I can contact you. I will not share your e-mail address with anyone, it will strictly be used to notify you if you win. Good luck!

This review is based solely on my opinion and experience with these products. You may have a different experience than myself.

136 comments:

  1. I learned that they started using green practices and making better decisions in 2006.

    I like the messenger bag!

    Stef
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  2. They converted their supply chain to green processes, green materials, and greener thinking in 30 months.

    And I love their messenger bag.

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  3. I'm a follower

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  4. I'm a subscriber

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  6. You are a favorite on technorati- craftysweetpea

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  7. I'm a fan of yours and greensmart on facebook

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  8. What I learned is that Plastic bottles (PET #1) are one of the biggest environmental disasters today. In the United States alone, 230 bottles per person go to landfill per year. That is enough crushed bottles to fill the Rose Bowl Stadium in California every two weeks. That is just so crazy to me! I love how this company addresses the plastic bottle issue as it is a big one.
    I really like the laptop jacket and so does my husband as I just showed him:)

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  10. the messenger bag is nice mverno@roadrunner.com

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  11. I thought this was cool: "Each yard of finished fabric has consumed approximately 18, 16 oz. bottles and saved 10,000 Btus from manufacturing; enough power to light a 17 watt compact fluorescent light for 15 hours." Also, I really love the Messenger Bags!

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  12. I'm a subscriber!

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  13. I learned that each yard of finished fabric uses approximately eighteen 16 oz. bottles. Wow!

    I like the messenger bags.

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  14. Their neogreene uses 25% less electricity and 25% less petroleum. I like the Commuter Black #21311 brief.

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  15. The company started to convert to green practices in 2006 and took 30 months to complete the conversion.

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  16. I subscribe via email.

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  17. I learned that their primary objective with every product and material they make or use is eco-progress. I like their "Horizontal Messenger" product.

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  18. I received some products for review also and I really love them!

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  19. I learned that they only make green products. Neogreene is a great idea. Their story is amazing and you should all watch it.

    I like the Vertical messenger bag


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  20. email subscriber

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  21. I learned that 230 bottles per person go to landfill per year. Wow!
    My favorite item is the Messenger bag.
    Thanks so much.

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  22. I like the messenger and they have no toxins.
    jswandrn @ gmail.com

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  23. The company only makes "green" products. My favorite item has to be the horizontal messenger.

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  24. I learned that in the United States, 230 bottles per person go to landfill per year and they believe that the cumulative effect of small efforts can have a significant effect on the planet.
    I like their vertical messenger bag in olive.
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  25. follower.
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  26. email subscriber.
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  27. follow on twitter and tweet 8/14.http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/3309060253
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  28. tweet 8/15. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/3327456809
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  29. 8/16 tweet. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/3344546221
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  30. I learned that each yard of finished fabric uses approximately eighteen 16 oz. bottles!

    I love the messenger bag!

    thanks
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  31. I follow your blog!
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  32. I subscribe via email
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  33. your button is on my blog
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  34. following both on twitter and tweeted
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  35. fan of both on facebook as shelly leatham
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  37. tweet 8/17. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/3360080471
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  38. I learned how a bottle is made into a bag and I love the messenger bags!
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  39. I learned that they've been around since 1995. And I think the messenger bags are great!

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  40. i like that they have a GreenSmart Supplier Code of Conduct doctrine which all of their suppliers must adhere to, and i think the Horizontal Messenger bag is cute -- thank you!!

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  42. i'm an email subscriber!

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  43. i commented on your "my celebrity twin?" post -- thanks again!(c:}

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  44. I've never heard of Neogreen . . . For the last few years, I've been trying to find a stainless steel water bottle that my kids and I love -- from your review, this one sounds really good. I like that the water flows and the insulated holder sounds like a real plus as well.

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  46. This company is creating an awareness for a healthy living by going green and using nontoxic products made out of recycled products. I like the laptop bag!
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  47. Woah...I learned that per person in the us, 230 bottles go to the landfill a year. That's crazy! Even though I use recyclable bottles, though, I can almost imagine I go through that many at other events, or on days I forget my own bottle.

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  48. You know, I really need something like the carry cruiser. I live in a city and I don't have a car, so I have to carry things a long distance from the grocery store. But I just can't bring myself to use one of those old lady carts. This could be my compromise...

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  49. tweet 8/18. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/3380677810
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  50. The statistic about the bottles in the landfill was staggering. I had no idea it was that high.

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  51. I learned that one of their core goals is to make products out of green materials. I love the Vertical messenger bag.

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  52. tweet: http://twitter.com/speech_hero/status/3399627754

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  53. I faved on Technorati: neonfish

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  54. I commented here: http://www.greenmamaspad.com/2009/08/wordless-wednesday-think-cool-thoughts.html

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  55. tweet 8/19. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/3403633577
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  56. I learned how plastic bottles become bags!

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  57. They kept 500,000 bottles out of landfills the first year.

    I like the messenger bag.

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  58. tweet 8/20. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/3425909920
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  59. tweet 8/21. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/3447984188
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  60. They've got horizontal and vertical messenger bags, like the stone color best.

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  61. tweet 8/22. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/3470725042
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  62. tweet 8/23. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/3494048545
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  63. I learned that they advocate both big and small steps to diminish their impact on the earth.

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  64. I follow both on twitter and I tweeted: http://twitter.com/qwills2cats/status/3501013065

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  65. tweet 8/24. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/3510957565
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  66. I love their neogreene product and that it doesn't have the chemicals of the typical neoprene so it doesn't smell. I love that they are socially responsible and seem to be passionate about what they do.

    I love the messenger vertical bag.

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  67. Neogreene has twice the insulating value of neoprene, so your beverages will maintain their temperature longer. Id din't know that and makes me want this even more !

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  68. following you on twitter under name of @nankani

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  69. http://twitter.com/Nankani/status/3523979949

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  70. they have a GreenSmart philosophy which they apply to their business. NIce to know they aren't just Green washed...

    I like the laptop sleeve...but sadly my 'puter rarely moves from it's home near the couch...

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  71. The laptop sleeves are available in 17" - yeaaa
    My kids weren' thrilled with moving from desktops to laptops when they entered college phase so they opted for the fullsize keyboards and widescreens of larger models. So many times I've checked out accessories only to find they didn't cover the big 17" size. These laptops travel to the lab, the library/study sessions and need smart protection that lets the heat dissapate.

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  72. tweet 8/25. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/3533228459
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  73. facebook friend of both
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  74. I learned that 230 plastic bottle per person in the US go into landfills per year! That's crazy. We can do so much better.

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  75. I like the Ultralight Black Brief

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  76. i love this part:
    Each yard of finished fabric has consumed approximately 18, 16 oz. bottles and saved 10,000 Btus from manufacturing; enough power to light a 17 watt compact fluorescent light for 15 hours.

    the messenger bag in stone was my fave product.thanks!

    melissa
    morojo1770@yahoo.com

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  77. Their phlosity is From the designs we create, to the materials we use, to how we manufacture and ship our products, we put everything we do through our GreenSmart filter. I like the messager bags.
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  78. tweet 8/26. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/3554337398
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  79. I learned that All fabrics used for the GreenSmart Bottles 2 Bags are derived from certified 100% post-consumer recycled PET water and soda bottles. I really liked the messenger bags.

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  80. I learned that they sort the bottles then compact them into bales. One bale contains over 6,000 bottles and can make 350 yards of fabric!

    We love the brief!

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  81. I'm a blog follower :)

    thanks for the great giveaway!

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  82. I love this part of their philosophy: We believe that even the smallest of positive actions every day can result in big changes toward a better product and a better environment in the long run.

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  83. Learned that In the United States alone, 230 bottles per person go to landfill per year. The Messenger bags look great!

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  84. I learned that all fabrics used for the GreenSmart Bottles 2 Bags are derived from certified 100% post-consumer recycled PET water and soda bottles! HOW COOL is that?!

    I love the Green Smart messenger bags they have so much room in them!

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  85. I'm subscribed via email! (kidazy.com)

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  86. I have your button on my blog! http://www.kidazy.com

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  87. I'm following you and GreenSmart on Twitter!
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  88. I Faved you on Technorati! (Kidazy)

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  89. I stumbled your post! (Kidazy)

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  90. I'm a Facebook fan of you and GreenSmart! (Amy B)

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  91. I learned that Neogreene has all the benefits of Neoprene but none of the toxins. Yay!

    I like the Ultralight black brief, it'd be great for travel

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  92. I'm a subscriber. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  93. I learned that you can make custom bags!

    I also like the horizontal messenger!

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  94. tweet 8/27. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/3577482501
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  95. I like their verticle messenger bag also. Great mission statement " we approach success with 3 criteria in mind: people, product and planet.

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  96. I learned what neoprene is and why it feels squishy/smooth and has stretchto it and thats because it is made without any of the toxins.
    I really like the messanger bags they have.
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  97. I subscribe to you via email thanks! ;-)
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  98. I follow you and Green Smart and tweeted this giveaway

    itsallnew2meWin a Neogreene bottle tote and Innate water bottle! http://bit.ly/13M2bA @greenmamaspad @begreensmart
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  99. I am fans of both Green Mama's Pad and GreenSmart on Facebook
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  100. I read your review on How to Wean Your Toddler From a Pacifier. Being a granny I been through it and twice now from caring eachday for my grandson while his parents work. He had a rough time giving up his too. With my daughter one day I let hers just fall out the car window which worked fine she said its gone and as long as she had her little doll blanket she was fine but my grandson was a differant story, I just took his out right after he feel asleep at nap time and did not let it be laying around visable so much and he was cranky for a week or so but then did good without it. Great review you did on the subject! ;-)
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  101. i like the messenger bag, i learned that greensmart makes their bags out of recycled bottles

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  102. I learned that all GreenSmart fabrics are made from 100% certified post-consumer PET bottles.

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  103. I learned that Neogreene has all the benefits of Neoprene but none of the toxins. I like the Horizontal Messenger in Stone. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  104. GreenSmart had a total "renovation" of their business practices and operations in 2006 from which point they became an eco-friendly company. I love the messenger bags. Thanks for introducing me to this company and for the giveaway.

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  105. I subscribe to your RSS feed.

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  106. I'm an email subscriber. Thanks!

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  107. Faved you on Technorati (mamandetrois)

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  108. I stumbled the giveaway post (trebucher).

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  109. I'm a fan of both Green Mama's Pad and GreenSmart on Facebook. Thanks!

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  110. I follow you and GreenSmart on twitter and tweeted:
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  111. They have been making bags since 1995!!
    I like their laptop jackets :o)

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  112. I learned that GreenSmart had a total "renovation" of their business practices and operations in 2006 from which point they became an eco-friendly company. The messenger bags look very nice!

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  113. I subscribed by email.

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  114. I became a fan of both Green Mama's Pad and GreenSmart on Facebook.

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  115. their intentions are To help educate and influence others through our products and practices.
    I like the vertical messenger bag

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