It’s Earth Day

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 22, 2009

Walmart and I would love to hear your best green tips, in exchange for an entry to win a fabulously green Earth Month gift pack, filled with more than just one something green! To enter to win is easy and you can earn up to THREE entries, but you may ONLY enter TODAY!

Here are the three ways in which you may enter:

  1. Leave a comment here with your green tip.
  2. Tweet me your green tip, using the hashtag #11MOMSGREEN, and leave your Twitter handle in the comments here. Here’s an example tweet: @YoungMommy My green tip is ……. #11MomsGreen
  3. Share your green tip in a blog post, linking to it here in the comments.

Make ‘em good, because your tips may be used on!

I know you are excited to see what fab green items are in this gift pack, right? Well, without further ado, here’s a peak at the loot:

As one of Walmart’s 11Moms, I was given the opportunity to “test” each of these items before agreeing to give you a chance to win some of your own. You know I have to make sure that the items I talk about here at From Dates to Diapers are buzz-worthy. Anyhoo, here are my anecdotal thoughts on each of these products:

I got to use the Bissell Little Green Deep Cleaner pretty quick! With a huge strawberry stain in the middle of my living room, I gave it a test run just after finding it on my doorstep. The little bottle of cleaner it came with was gone in no time as I extended my test run up the stairs… That little sucker (and I mean that in the best possible way) is great on tough stains and spills! I’m sure you’re wondering what makes this little machine earth-friendly, right? Well, it’s parts are made from post-consumer recycled plastic and has PVC-free tanks and hose. The packaging is even eco-friendly.

At the beginning of the year I talked about the Brita Water Pitcher. Filtering water through these pitchers are an ideal solution for reducing bottled water waste. But in addition, the Brita pitcher can effectively replace 300 plastic water bottles, which can also save the average person more than $145 a month. How’s that for saving money and living better?!

Most of you know how much laundry I have to wash each and every day… Well, with Tide Cold Water I can wash clothes all day long and know that they will be clean and fresh, even if I was in cold water. And, with five boys and a very active girl, that’s sayin’ a whole lot!

I try to get my kiddos in on the action whenever I have chores to do around the house. Letting them use safe products such as Clorox Green Works Cleaners and White Cloud “Green Earth” Paper Towels (not shown) has given me peace of mind. I know that letting my kids use these products to help wash windows or wipe countertops, are not only effective in getting my surfaces clean, but they won’t harm my kiddos or the environment. With all of this window crayon all over my glass doors these days, my kiddos are getting their fair share of clean up time!

Now that you’ve seen the items you can win, I do hope you will help us discover some of the best green tips by entering my giveaway. Remember there are three ways to enter, so give me your best shot!


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Colleen Maldonado April 22, 2009 at 6:05 pm

I use green dishwashing and laundry products and recycle as much as I can.


dawn fiske April 22, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Create your own garden in your yard and never throw away plastic.


Helen S April 22, 2009 at 6:15 pm

I line dry my clothes and use clothes instead of papertowels to clean with.


Linda Lansford April 22, 2009 at 6:15 pm

I yard sale instead of buying new


Brooke April 22, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Instead of turning on lights in the house we open the curtains to let in the sunlight… It’s great for the environment AND sunlight is good for you also


Helen April 22, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Instead of purchasing bottled water, I purchased a stainless steel bottle and refill it with filtered water. Saving me money and helping the environment.


ky2here April 22, 2009 at 6:21 pm

We compost everything including dryer lint (yea I know we shouldn’t use the dryer). We recycle and use cloth bags.


Sharon Fairclough April 22, 2009 at 6:29 pm

I use a reusable bag for my lunch, resusable bags for shopping keep one bag in the car I make my own cleaner. Thanks for the giveaway

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Jessica Maurer April 22, 2009 at 6:37 pm

I purchase Energy Star appliances when I absolutely have to buy something new. I also use reusable bags at the grocery store instead of plastic ones.


Gary Murphy April 22, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Compact Light Bulbs Have Saved Me $$$ Over The Last 5 Years.
Cold Water Clothes Washing Is Just As Good.


Michelle Lumsden April 22, 2009 at 6:39 pm

I unplug my phone charger cord when I am not using it. I also use a programmable theromstat to ensure the temperature stays comfortable when we need it, and doesn’t waste excess energy when we don’t!


Karen M April 22, 2009 at 6:49 pm

We have an awesome recycling program in our community. I recycle 95% of all of the paper that comes into our house. I feel so good that I live in an area where it is possible to help our earth. Thanks.


Sonya April 22, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Unplug appliances when you’re not using them! Buy a Kill-a-watt machine and it will tell you how much $/energy each of your appliances are using!


Sonya April 22, 2009 at 6:52 pm
Danielle C April 22, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Use a high heat cycle on your dishwasher – it uses less water than cleaning them by hand


Mary April 22, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Our family has switched almost all of lights to the CFL bulbs. What a difference in our light bill! We also recycle all of our paper, plus all most all of our plastics & glass.


Colleen P April 22, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I collect the water while warming up the shower and use it to water the houseplants. Double benefit: The water doesn’t get wasted and I remember to water the plants!


Bev April 22, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Great giveaway for earth day! I’ve been using a refillable bottle and just filling it with tap water, instead of buying the bottled water and I’ve replaced all my light bulbs with the energy saving ones, the light is just as good as a regular light bulb and they use a lot less energy and last much longer. Thanks for having the contest!


Leslie M April 22, 2009 at 7:19 pm

STOP buying Bottled water! I am ashamed of all the plastic I contributed to the landfills! I got a refillable camelback bottle that I love and fill that numerous times a day. I drink at least 2 L a day so that is going to save a ton of wasteful plastic I feel really good about that!


Julie April 22, 2009 at 7:22 pm

We turn the lights off when they are not needed and also we have been purchasing the new energy saving light bulbs.


Leslie M April 22, 2009 at 7:23 pm

LeslieVeg left her Green Tip in a Tweet


Joy F April 22, 2009 at 7:25 pm
Leann S April 22, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Just like you can’t buy your way out of debt you can’t purchase your way to a green earth. If you are going to buy something anyway then by all means buy green, but don’t buy a product thinking you are helping the enviorment. Every purchase leaves a footprint.


Leann S April 22, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I forgot… my twitter handle is qwills2cats


larry April 22, 2009 at 7:31 pm

re-use containers


Jill Myrick April 22, 2009 at 7:32 pm

We are subscribed to a service that our power supplier offers where they cut your power for a few hours a day during peak times.
It definitely helps lower our power bill but also saves energy and allows us to create other alternatives.


Jill April 22, 2009 at 7:34 pm

We take bags with us everywhere we go. I even have my husband doing it.


Lila April 22, 2009 at 7:36 pm

I cook multiple dishes together in the oven to save electricity.


Lila April 22, 2009 at 7:40 pm

We dry our laundry on a clothes line in the summer and in the winter on a clothes rack.


Lauralee Hensley April 22, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Unplug your microwave when not using it. The little clock often uses up more electricity than the amount of electricity when you are use your microwave to cook in a given month.
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Charlene Kuser April 22, 2009 at 7:50 pm

My new green tip,I bought a glass straw and carry it with me,think of all the plastic straws I don’t use.


Sue Marinelli April 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I recycle all of the plastic bags I have by bringing them back to the grocery store that has a recycling container


karen m April 22, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Changed all of our lighting to energy saving light bulbs.. turn off all the surge protectors at night, have the whole family start turning off light when they aren’t in use, use green cleaning products


Diane April 22, 2009 at 8:04 pm

We switched all our lightbulbs out for compact florescent bulbs. Also, for all my kids’s sports we bought them water bottles that we fill at home so they don’t have to keep buying bottled water. No plastic bottles to throw away!


Jennifer April 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm

we make sure while brushing our teeth the water is turned off and only turned back on to rinse.


Barbara Long April 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm

We unplug as many things as possible in the house.


Cheryl Stark April 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Turn off lights and enjoy the natural light. Reuse and recycle. If you can, live without somethings. Enjoy life with less.


Cheryl Stark April 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Live with less.


Jay F. April 22, 2009 at 8:29 pm

My tip is to re-use packaging material, including boxes and padded envelopes. Envelopes have gotten to be very expensive, so re-use really helps, especially if you sell things at low margin on ebay or amazon.


desiree kelley April 22, 2009 at 8:33 pm

we bring cloth bags to shop with


meredith rogen April 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm

I ban paper products from our house!


meredith rogen April 22, 2009 at 8:38 pm
Cynthya April 22, 2009 at 8:44 pm

My green tip is to go organic with your lawn care.


Shilo Beedy April 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm

I have been using reusable grocery bags when I go out food shopping. They also will be great bags to use at yard sales to when I go to them this summer. I have switched to energy efficient light bulbs.


Heather C April 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm

My green tip: Buy as many lo-flo items you can find. From toilets to shower heads, these things are useful!


Misty April 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I use reusable grocery bags when I go shopping. I am slowly switching to energy efficient light bulbs my hubby doesn’t like the color??? so it is taking a little bit of work to do this one.


Miranda Allen April 22, 2009 at 9:50 pm

We switched to CFL lightbulbs


JoyOwens April 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm

My family now grows, can all our vegtables. We have purchased all energy efficient appliances. We always hang out our clothes and make sure and have full loads before washing. I like to use yogurt containers over and over to start all my garden plants in. That keeps them out of land fills and all my friends are good about saving theirs for me. Everyone needs to do their part and help save the earth….


Renee Turner April 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm

We hang up clothes on clothes lines outdoors or in the laundry room.


Latisha DePoortere April 22, 2009 at 11:51 pm
kathleen yohanna April 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm

I make a lot of my own cleaning supplies using natural products anf reusable spray bottles. It saves money too.


Rhonda Mason April 23, 2009 at 7:04 am

I recycle all the beautiful greeting cards I receive by cutting off the fronts and making those into lovely postcards. Not only is the paper recyled but they are cheaper to mail. I especially like it when the card is made from recycled paper..and I recycle it again! LOL


Rhonda Mason April 23, 2009 at 7:14 am

following on twitter and tweeted (hondaray6)


Daniella April 23, 2009 at 11:52 am

My four children and I turned the electricity off in our house all day yesterday, and we planted four little trees, one for each child. My four year old is collecting reusable bags and we are using those. We pack my husbands lunch in a “coal miners lunch box” and we try to be green in every way we can.


Heather April 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I have just switched to making my own laundry soap, cleansers and foaming hand soaps. I saved my old containers and refill them as needed.


Michelle April 23, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Make your own cleaning products. It is a lot cheaper minus all the harmful chemicals! Thanks
yzgirl4 at verizon dot net


Donna Ouimette April 23, 2009 at 7:05 pm

I have a ton of plants planted on my balcony. Getting ready to plant some herbs and vegetables to get healthier food pesticide free for my family.


vickie ferrari April 25, 2009 at 9:26 pm

When I do laundry I make sure to do it on the same day and right in a row so the dryer is hot and doesn’t have to heat up again and again.


onna April 27, 2009 at 12:44 pm

So many great comments! Agree w all. Change light bulbs and saving water soo important! Thanks!


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