Friday, June 1, 2012

I Took the Glad One Bag Challenge #Giveaway

A few weeks ago our twin boys turned five years old and I still can't believe it. They will be heading on to kindergarten in August! On May 19 we hosted a relaxed family party to celebrate their birthday. Something that I am always conscious of when I am preparing for one of the kid's birthday parties is waste. I try to keep our regular consumption and waste down on a daily basis and I an endeavor to do the same with the few parties a year that we have. Garbage at a party can so easily get out of control between disposable plates, napkins, utensils, cups and then food scraps, wrapping paper...the list is endless! For this particular party I decided to go ahead and participate in the Glad One Bag Challenge and see if I could keep all of our trash down to just one bag.

Glad One Bag Party Kit
Glad One Bag Party Kit
I had already taken a few simple steps to reduce our waste by providing large, reusable plastic cups for drinks and buying two liter bottles of soda as opposed to cans. (Note: we don't drink soda, but our guests do).  The Glad One Bag Party Kit that I received to help me with this challenge helped me take my conservation to the next level! The napkins, bowls, plates, cups and utensils are all compostable. So instead of throwing them in the trash bin to take up space in a landfill, you can add them to your compost pile and turn them into fertilizer for your garden. Of course included in this kit was the Glad tall kitchen garbage bag which I was happy to learn is made with less plastic than other bags. The Green Works cleaner was perfect for the after party clean up, which was not nearly as messy as I thought it was going to be.

I have to say that my favorite part of this kit is that super cool green market basket you see in that photo. What makes it so super cool? Why, it is insulated and zips shut and it is BIG. This basket is going to be awesome when I am bringing four kids to the lake every week day this summer for their swim lessons! It has plenty of room for our 5 water bottles, fruit, snacks and ice packs. I'm looking forward to using it!

So at 1:00 pm our guests started to arrive, hungry for some food! While I know not many people are as insane as me when it comes to feeding my family food that is free of artificial ingredients, chemicals, etc.; I still like to provide healthy snacking options at our parties. We started off the day with my new favorite snack: unsalted sweet potato chips. If I had known these would have been such a hit, I would have bought more!



I set up my one garbage bag right in the middle of the kitchen next to the island so everyone could spot it easily and access it quickly. Once my husband came back with the six pizzas is when things started to get really busy. I kept my eye on the trash can to see how it was filling and was happy to see there was still plenty of room left in there once it was time to sing Happy Birthday!



Normally I get a giant cake from Costco but this time I decided to bake cupcakes myself, since the twins love them so much. There is nothing good or healthy about these cupcakes: I confess that they were made using a boxed cake mix and are full of junk. But I think it is OK to splurge every once in a while, especially at a birthday party!



Once the cupcakes were eaten and the presents opened, our party started to dwindle down. The guests said goodbye and we were left to start our clean up. I was thrilled that even with the wrapping paper from the presents, I was still able to fit everything into just one bag. I passed the challenge!



Trying to reduce my family's carbon footprint is something that is very near and dear to my heart. After all, we only have one planet and we need to take care of it not only for us and our children, but for future generations to come.  We recycle a ton here at our home, far more than we throw in the garbage. But obviously we still do create some trash and I want to use a garbage bag from a brand that is committed to bettering the environment like Glad is. Most recently they developed a way to produce a trash bag using 6.5% less plastic, which will help save 6.5 million pounds of plastic each year. That is the equivalent of 140 million trash bags out of landfills. For more information on how Glad is caring for the environment, visit gladtowasteless.com.


Giveaway
One (1) winner will receive a Glad One Bag Party Kit that includes the following:
• Box of Glad Tall Kitchen Bags
• Glad One Bag Tote
• Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket
• Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies
• Earth Friendly Soy Candle (scent may vary)
• Green Works All-Purpose Cleaner

Giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on June19, 2012 at 12:01am EST. Please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Glad and received a One Bag kit to facilitate my review, a kit to give away, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.



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186 comments:

  1. I skip the themed decorations....you can really only use them once and that's a lot of trash if we were to toss that kind of stuff after a party.

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  2. I am most looking forward to the market basket.

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  3. We put recycling bins near the garbage to make sure recycable items don't end up in the trash.

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  4. I'm most excited to try the Earth Friendly Soy Candle

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  5. I want to try the greenworks all purpose cleaner.

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  6. Using your real dishes and cloth napkins can make a huge difference in cutting down on waste!

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  7. I'm looking forward to try Glad Tall Kitchen Bags

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  8. I'm looking forward to trying the Glad Tall Kitchen Bags

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  9. i want to try the glad tall kitchen bags
    djackson1958athotmail.com debbie jackson

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  10. green works soy candle! thanks so much!

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  11. I've seen the Green Works All-Purpose Cleaner and often wondered if it really works... The best way to find out... get it FREE! ☺ (the bags I know are good! lol)

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  12. i use an all-purpose cleaner at my house

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  13. I am most looking forward to Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies, this is a great idea and so useful.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  14. I am most looking forward to the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket. I'm logged into rafflecopter as Patrice.

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  15. I'm looking forward to try Glad Tall Kitchen Bags

    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  16. I really want that market basket and love the idea of compostable supplies.

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  17. I;m looking forwarsd to using the all purpose cleaner and I( love the collapsable cooler.
    When we have a party we try to recycle as much as possible.

    clenna at aol dot com

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  18. I would love the try the compostable flatware, that is an awesome idea!

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  19. I want to try the collapsible market cooler.
    vmkids3 at men dot com

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  20. I want to try Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket

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  21. I make a party more eco friendly by using dishware I already own instead of paper plates. If you don't think you own enough, stop by your local thrift store and pick up some more pieces that you can easily store for each party.

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  22. I am looking forward to trying the Green Works Cleaner.

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  23. I have always wanted a Soy Candle
    Kims2312@verizon.net

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  24. I am excited to try the Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies. Thanks!

    romapup at gmail dot com

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  25. I am excited about the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket

    Theresa J

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  26. I am looking forward to trying the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket. It is nice looking and practical.

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  27. I would like to try the Green Works cleaner from the kit.

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  28. I'd love to try the glad one bag tote. Thanks for hosting!

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  29. I am most looking forward to Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket

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  30. I look forward to the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  31. I'm most looking forward to using the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket.

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  32. I would love to try the compostible flatware!

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  33. Now that is a fun challenge! I like that green basket, too! Thanks for the giveaway and also for the twitter follow @GraceinAZ1. Following you back from my Green Living Thrifty Frog blog as well!

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  34. The Market basket looks so cool!

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  35. I just discovered the recycling bins that fold flat when you're not using them- I need to get one of those for my next party because my guests seem to always "forget" that we recycle!

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  36. love the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket

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  37. I'm looking forward to trying out the Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  38. The metro cooler basket. I think I'd like to use that at the farmers market!
    1prizewinner at gmail dot com

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  39. Use compostable products to make your party more eco friendly!

    larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com

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  40. by using recyclable paper goods and regular, not plastic flatware

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  41. Use recycled products! And drink organic wine. :)

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  42. I'd like to try the Green Works cleaner!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  43. Using local foods that haven't been transported from far away. Love the cooler basket!

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  44. I like the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket.

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  45. Use real dishes and cloth towels. I want the market basket

    bumshot@bellsouth.net

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  46. To try to make our parties more eco-friendly, we use real silverware and cups if possible (like small parties). I also don't buy a huge amount of decorations that are just going to be up for a couple hours and then thrown away. I focus more on decor than can be used as a gift or keepsake, or used on another occasion.

    I love the market basket and the Glad bags.

    BeeCute
    mandmvaught(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  47. The Market bag or the Candle, haven't decided which yet. lol

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  48. We try to use a little disposable dishes as possible. Yes it makes for more dishes but its worth it!

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  49. The Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket looks awesome! I would use that all the time. (kirc0109 at umn.edu)

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  50. I don't buy junky party favors just to fill a bag. I try to find one nicer thing they will actually use. Thanks!

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  51. i would like to try the green works all purpose cleaner :)

    hollyngunter@gmail.com

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  52. I want to try the Green Works cleaner and the soy candle.

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  53. I use reusable cloth napkins and try to avoid disposable dishes.

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  54. Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket
    We live so far from the store that ice creams are a melted mess & coolers take up so much room or are forgotten.
    rierie11booger (@) yahoo.com

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  55. glad tall kitchen bags crystletellerday@yahoo.com

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  56. My best eco-friendly party tip: serve beef or chicken stew in hollowed out bread bowls- it's a HUGE hit, especially for hungry teens! Filling and economical.
    writer61@yahoo.com

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  57. I would like to try the compostable products in my compost pile.

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  58. We try not to use disposable cups and plates for parties to cut down on waste. We have sets of colorful melamine plates and and plastic cups that are really useful for kid parties.

    behapATyahooDOTcom

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  59. I want to try the Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies

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  60. I try to make parties more eco friendly by using re-usable plastic tumblers and plates, instead of disposables! I'd lvoe to use the market basket

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  61. We try to use paper products instead of plastic as plastic takes longer to decompose.

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  62. reusable/washable forks/knives/spoons/ i look forward to trying the Earth Friendly Soy Candle

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  63. Im very interested in trying the soy candle

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  64. I'm really interested in the Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies.

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  65. What a wonderful prize. I love everything.

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  66. Oh yes I can't wait to try the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket. But anything to help GO GREEN would be great.

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  67. We have a composter in our backyard already, so I love the idea of the compostable tableware.

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  68. I'd love to try the soy candles.
    e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  69. I"d love to try the soy candles

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  70. I'd love to try Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket for when i go to the natural foods market Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  71. I really love the tote, and also like the soy candle as well :)

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  72. We always put out a trash can dedicated to only recyclables.

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  73. I would really like to try out the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket when I go to the farmer's markets.

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  74. i want to try the cooler.
    caseyeve_003 at yahoo dot com

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  75. don't use plastic! wash dishes
    Thanks a ton! Janna Johnson jannajanna@hotmail.com GFC: janna@feedyourpig

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  76. I don't use alot of decorations and balloons. My favorite item is the Earth Friendly Soy Candle.

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  77. I'm looking forward to the candle - I burn them, daily

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  78. I'd love to have the collapsible market basket for trips to the farmer's market!

    katfam95 at aim dot com

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  79. Reusable mason jars help for packing for a picnic. I am most excited about the veneerware compostable cutlery.

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  80. Instead of wrapping paper use gift bags that can be reused
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

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  81. Excited to try out the Glad Bags!

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  82. The Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket would be great in my house.


    apoalillo {AT} hotmail dot com
    Alyce Poalillo

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  83. Veneerware compostable flatware

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

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  84. im most looking forward to Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket.

    dani marie

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  85. I am most looking forward to trying the Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies

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  86. collapsible basket
    jessicawedwards@gmail.com

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  87. no paper plates plastic forks and the like to much refuge-i like the glad one bag tote
    mverno@roadrunner.com

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  88. I love the candle! I try to use real utensils when I can.

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  89. I am excited about the metro cooler basket!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  90. I'd love to try the metro basket!

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  91. We use silverware instead of plastic cutlery-- thanks for the giveaway!

    Rachelhwallen@gmail.com

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  92. I look forward to trying the glade one tote

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  93. I always use cloth napkins to cut down on trash.

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  94. I really want to try the Green Works cleaner in the prize pack! I've been wanting to try something different.

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  95. I'm most excited to try the basket, it's cute!!


    lesliexhope at gmail.com

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  96. I'm excited to try the Green Works All Purpose Cleaner

    caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

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  97. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO TRYING THE Green Works All-Purpose Cleaner :)

    (SHAYNA B.)

    shebebes@yahoo.com

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  98. I'd like to try the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket.

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  99. I like to use real plates and silverware instead of disposables at a party to cut down on the waste.

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  100. I think the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket
    rjwashington2000@yahoo.com

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  101. I try to use real plates and silverware, assuming we have enough for everyone.

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  102. Save and re-use the plasticware!
    Miz Vickik

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  103. Veneerware compostable flatware

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  104. My favorite is the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket! We always use real silverware vs. plastic (my eco tip).

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  105. looking forward to trying out the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket

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  106. I'm most excited to try the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket. ~ Angie Bailey

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  107. My eco friendly party tip is to give a reusable cup or water bottle as a party favor. Guests can refill their drinks all day long and hopefully continue to use it when they get home.

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  108. I love that the cups and stuff are compost ready. We do a lot of composting and this will help us at the party and after.

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  109. I do like the compostable flatware they use, but even better(and if possible and reasonable) to use your real dishes and cloth napkins !

    SHEILATF52 AT YAHOO DOT COM

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  110. i am most looking forward to trying the compostable flatware

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  111. I wanna try The Glad Tall Kitchen Bags!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  112. The trash bags. We can always use more trash bags.

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  113. I like to use reusable dishes and silverware so that we don't have to throw a lot away. I'm also one of those odd people that save wrapping paper - I may only use a small portion that I save but it is better to get more than one use out of it.

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  114. i'm excited to try the market basket
    stracey2010@live.com

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  115. Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket

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  116. We use recyclable and compostable products. Thanks for the giveaway.

    President(dot)peaches(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  117. We try wrapping in tissue paper so it can be put in the recycle cart. I am excited about the Metro Basket.
    Jennifer
    jenswps at yahoo . com

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  118. I like the collapsible cooler market basket.

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  119. I am most excited to try the greenworks! sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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  120. We use our normal dishes instead of disposable ones.

    jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  121. We keep a bag for everyone to deposit their aluminum cans in so they can be recycled - want to try the trash bags

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  122. the cooler market basket sounds like it'd be very useful!

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  123. the cooler basket!!!!

    gatsby1981 at gmail dot com

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  124. I am excited to try the Veneerware compostable flatware. deborah m questionthis at hotmail

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  125. I'm a candle freak so I'm most excited about the candle...and my tip...when you have a party, make SURE you always have a clearly labeled recycling bin for cans, bottles, etc.

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  126. glade tall kitchen bags

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  127. I'd like to try the Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies.

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  128. the tote!!

    theresa _ heppner at yahoo dot com

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  129. I'd like to try the greenworks cleaner. For a party tip, try to cook only enough food and not extras that go to waste!

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  130. I want to try Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket.

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  131. The compostable flatware

    nov231973@gmail.com

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  132. The soy candle is what i'm most excited about.
    BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  133. Metro Cooler Market Basket •

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  134. Would it be wrong to be excited about a soy candle? Good luck!!!

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  135. Green Works All Purpose Cleaner!

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  136. the market baskest
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    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  137. Recently had a tea party for a girls group. It would have been easy to use paper plates and napkins. Instead I brought my set of china for them. They felt fancy and there was no garbage to throw out. - Jill
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  138. the compostable products in my compost pile.
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

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  139. Can't wait to try the cooler basket!

    Jamie

    savvyhousewife @yahoo.com

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  140. would love to try Green Works All-Purpose Cleaner

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  141. I'm most excited about the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket
    schueler.jessica@yahoo.com

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  142. I am excited about the collapsible metro cooler market basket.
    Sherry Conrad
    discriminating_diva at yahoo dot com

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  143. Since I don't have these special cups and plates I would use my washable dishes.
    But I would most like to try the market basket but also the Green Works as I have never tried that.
    This would be great for my son's rehearal dinner next month. Maybe a BBQ.
    spcale at yahoo dot com

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  144. I am most excited about trying the glad tall kitchen bags.

    tridingermckee@gmail.com

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  145. I am most looking forward to the Green Works All-Purpose Cleaner.

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  146. One glass per person and I put out markers so people can put their names on it and decorate it.

    jessicabanks1721@yahoo.com

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  147. I wanna try the Glad One Bag Tote.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  148. The collapsible cooler bag would be good to keep in the care for transporting frozen/chilled items from the store.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

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  149. I dont use paper plates or paper cups eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  150. I'd really like to try the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket.
    Thanks!
    michedt at yahoo dot com

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  151. I would really like to try the Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies. My family and I try to do our best in buying more green products and to try and have less waste that we throw out.
    jjsell76 at yahoo dot com

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  152. I'm most looking forward to trying the Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies.

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  153. The soy candle.

    missysweepsalot at gmail dot com

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  154. I give reusable cups away that the kids drink from at the party.

    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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  155. i want to try the tall kitchen bags

    jim.coyne2@verizon.net

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  156. I am most looking forward to the insulated market basket

    lovefreestuff17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  157. Most excited to try the Green Works All purpose cleaner :)

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  158. Most looking forward to trying the Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies

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  159. I'm most interested in trying the Green Works All Purpose cleaner.

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  160. We make sure to have the double bin available for recycling...in sight, in mind.

    msurosey@yahoo.com

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  161. The Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket
    mightynaynay(at)cs.com

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  162. I have been wanting to try the compostable flatware but that cooler basket looks too cool.

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  163. I like to use regular dishes and cups. I don't mind doing the dishwashing!

    ladyspy79(at)aol(dot)Com

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  164. I really wanna try the basket.


    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

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  165. I'm looking forward to trying the Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies
    mstoolman173@aol.com

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  166. Would love to try the Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies.

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  167. i really want to try the green works cleaner

    yanktheese@yahoo.com

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  168. I'm most excited to try the The metro cooler basket

    cweller75@gmail.com

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  169. I am most interested in trying the Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies.
    repose4jr at gmail dot com

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  170. I'm most excited for the Box of Glad Tall Kitchen Bags

    Peachesncream887(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  171. I'd love to check out the Veneerware compostable flatware. Thanks for the great giveaway! info(at)justmarriedwithcoupons.com

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  172. Ginger b.
    Timelyone at hotmail dot com

    I like the tote the best. I like to reccyle at parties to be eco friendly.

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  173. I want to try the Green Works cleaner the most

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  174. I want to try the Green Works All-Purpose Cleaner
    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  175. I would love to try the collapsible metro cooler market basket.

    chrystaljns at gmail dot com

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  176. I'd like to try the green works cleaner!

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  177. My favorite product is the Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket!

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  178. I want to try the market basket

    email/ daveshir2005@yahoo.com
    fb/ shirley greenawalt zolenski

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  179. The metro cooler basket!

    jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

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  180. The market basket loks very handy!


    alclossey at hotmail dot com

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  181. I am most excited about the Veneerware compostable flatware & supplies

    CharlieGurl57@aol.com

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  182. Collapsible Metro Cooler Market Basket.

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