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10 Apr, 2014

Giveaway alert: spending money from terra20, Ottawa’s eco store

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

I’m very excited to be posting this giveaway from Fishbowl patron, terra20!

I’ve written about terra20 before, it’s an eco-friendly retailer here in Ottawa. They have two locations in Ottawa – Pinecrest near the Ikea and Wellington West – and have an online store as well. Have you been? If not, there is no better time to check it out because (a) you could win $$ and (b) Earth Day is coming up and terra20 has planned all kinds of things to help celebrate.

On Saturday, April 19, terra20 will host a family-oriented pre-Earth Day event from noon-4:00 p.m. at the Pinecrest store. Everyone is invited to come and take part in the festivities.

Kids will love the fun activities that will teach them a few small ways that we can all make a difference. Special activity stations include colouring on locally produced plantable seed paper (plant it later and watch it grow!), composting demos, non-toxic mini manicures, healthy snack preparation demos and snacks, and an upcycling education station where guests will learn the stories behind some of terra20′s most innovative and waste-reducing brands and products.

And here’s something really cool: terra20 is also collecting previously loved sweaters throughout the month of April, and sending them to Toronto company Cate + Levi to make adorable upcycled puppets. Anyone who brings in a sweater will receive a coupon to redeem on the special batch of puppets that will be created from the terra20-collected sweaters. (And if they’re anything like the ones they have in the store now I can tell you THEY WILL BE ADORABLE.)

To help YOU try something new and become better acquainted with all the great products terra20 has on the shelf, they’ve given me one $100 gift card to give to one lucky recipient.

Interested? Please read the following carefully:

  • In order for your entry to qualify, tell us, in honour of Earth Day, what you do to tread a little lighter on the planet. Do you pack litterless lunches? Bring your own mug to the coffee shop? Collect water in a rain barrel? Let us know in the comments below!
  • For a second entry, take a look through the terra20 website. If you want, you can leave a second comment telling us what you might buy with your gift card. Leave a link so we can see what it is!
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • The winner of this giveaway must pick up their gift card at terra20 in a timely manner at the location of their choice (Pinecrest or West Wellington).
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.

I will draw one name using Random.org at noon EST on April 17, 2014. I’ll contact the winner via email at that time. That’s it! Over to you!


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89 Responses to "Giveaway alert: spending money from terra20, Ottawa’s eco store"

1 | Sarah

April 10th, 2014 at 10:21 am

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We do all the usual things turn out lights, recycle, litter less lunches, but this will be our second year vegetable gardening in our backyard and using a rain barrel to water our garden.

2 | Nici Hamilton

April 10th, 2014 at 10:28 am

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My 4 yr old son has two “nutrional breaks” at school instead of a lunch break. We pack everything in re-usable containers – never using sandwich baggies or saran wrap. He asked why the other kids “get to have baggies” and I explained that we are doing our part to keep the planet cleaner. He’s proud to tell his friends that now!

3 | Lynn

April 10th, 2014 at 10:33 am

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One thing I’m doing lately is trying to use the library as much as possible. I used to always buy something if I wanted it, but now I try to borrow – and the library has all sorts of things worth borrowing, not just books. It amazes me that this free resource is right there for the taking – and so easy!

4 | Lynn

April 10th, 2014 at 10:34 am

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And as for Terra20, they have so many pretty pretty things. Sad to say I will probably blow it all on paper products (after I JUST SAID I was trying to use the library more, GAH). I love ecojot stuff and since the end-of-the-year teacher gifts are looming I will definitely be buying these adorable owl thank-you cards:

http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/9826/ecojot-10pk-Notecards-Wise-Owl/

5 | Catherine

April 10th, 2014 at 11:22 am

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To tread a little lighter on the planet, I promote veganism :)

6 | Catherine

April 10th, 2014 at 11:28 am

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And with the gift card I would buy the Bee housing, but I don’t see it on the website!

7 | Sarah Oakley

April 10th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

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I just LOVE Terra 20! We try and pack litterless lunches, use eco-friendly Terra 20 cleaning products, and get the refills whenever possible avoiding extra packaging!

8 | Carolyn

April 10th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

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Our family ties to tread lightly all the time (litterless lunches, walking to school, rain barrels, recycling, meatless dinners, carpooling). For Earth day, I’ll try to go electronics free and try not to use our van as much as possible as well as getting our garden ready to plant all my veggie and fruit and flower seedlings I’ve been growing. Can’t wait for the harvest again this year!

9 | Joy

April 10th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

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I do what i can! Use reusable shopping bags. Faithfully, put the green bin at the curb each week (as well as the black and blue bins); use refillable water bottles instead of buying cases of water; turn out the lights when i leave a room; use as little litter in my daughter’s lunch as possible. It is fun to challenge myself!

10 | Carolyn

April 10th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

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Putting the gift card to good use, I would refill up on any of my Eco bar cleaners that I need or better yet, replenish my Daniel Thompson beauty products: http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/1392/DT-The-Cleanser/

11 | Jenn Griffin

April 10th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

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For Earth Day last year, I went out and bought washable cloth napkins for the dinner table. We make our own granola bars for snacks, so no more plastic wrappers. Our lunches are litter less. We shop for toys and kids clothes at consignement stores. We use Eco friendly cleaning products and cloths. WE LOVE TERRA 20!!

12 | Jenn Griffin

April 10th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

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If I won the gift card, I would buy more containers for litter less lunches. Or, I’m hoping to convert our creams, shampoos, etc to more Skin friendly options, especially since we suffer from eczema (so the fragrances etc are hard on us).

13 | Marc Savoie

April 10th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

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I recycle, use my green bin, I try to use biodegradable plastic bags for my trash, and I take the bus / do not drive!

14 | Misty

April 10th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

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We grow our own vegetables and fruit, we have 3 rain barrels, we hang our laundry to dry, we try to do litterless lunches as much as possible, I take the bus to work, and we compost/recycle like crazy. Oh, and I also use chemical-free makeup and cleaning products. One area we need to work on is our plastics – I seem to end up with WAY too many plastic bags and plastic waste. Something’s gotta change there!!

15 | Misty

April 10th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

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One switch I haven’t made for my cosmetics is mascara – would love to try this Zuii mascara, as I also use Zuii foundation and powder. Love their stuff! http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/12277/Zuii-Emerald-Mascara/

16 | Sarah Oakley

April 10th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

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If we won we would love to get the ZOKU Quick pop maker! My son LOVES popsicles and to be able to make them quick and healthy would be ideal!
http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/25646/Zoku-Single-Pop-Maker-Orange/

17 | Sonya

April 10th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

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We try and do a lot of different things to be good to the planet. But with two little ones, one of our biggest efforts is to keep our toy consumption low and to get used whenever possible.

18 | Sonya

April 10th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

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As for what I would buy at terra20 – the list is so long. They have a really nice street number sign in store that I’ve been eyeing for a while (couldn’t find it online). There was also a beautiful Matt and Nat purse I saw the last time I was in. And I really want to try their lavender mint hand and body wash – because I’m always looking for good hand soap in large containers (I hate having to buy a new container every time I want hand soap)! http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/20574/Hand-Body-Wash-Lav-Mint-360ml/

19 | Brenda A

April 10th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

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Earth Day is a wonderful day and one we keep in mind every day. We hang dry all clothes year round (indoor and out), use rain barrels, turn our furnace down when out for the day, and always make litterless lunches for school and work. No excuses!

20 | Brenda A

April 10th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

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I feel like a kid in a candy store at Terra20. Fantastically, among the huge selection of cosmetics, household needs and clothing, there actually IS candy.

http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/3408/Cami-Dark-Chocolate-Bar/

21 | Sarah

April 10th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

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We try to bike most places or take the bus where and when possible (I don’t bike in the winter); litter-less lunches; try to avoid buying over-packaged products at the store (those lettuces in plastic domes drive me crazy); reusable grocery bags; re-purpose old sweaters into crafts; clean less frequently (for environmental reasons, not out of laziness or dislike of cleaning!), etc.

22 | Sarah

April 10th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

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As for what I’d buy, I love the John Masters beauty products (the pomegranate oil in particular) and a new Zuzu lippy for spring.

23 | Sarah

April 10th, 2014 at 2:55 pm

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We have been working on trying to reduce our food waste and also shop smarter in terms of packaging. Every bit helps.

24 | Sarah

April 10th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

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If I won, I would out it towards beauty supplies: live clean apple cider shampoo and more Daniel Thompson supplies.

25 | Tiana

April 10th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

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I plan to finally get a super awesome container garden going for my yardless urban home. I always pack litterless lunches and use my thermos for coffees :)

26 | Lynn

April 10th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

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Hmm, let’s see, we do the litter less lunches, green bin every week, public library books for bedtime reading, re-purpose old clothing and other materials into craft supplies, the backside of printer paper and notes home from school become grocery list or drawing paper, clean the house with baking soda and vinegar instead of cleaning products…

27 | Chantal

April 10th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

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Well, I like to bring my own lunch to work and I recycle and compost regularly. And I yell at my hubby and kids to do the same all the time. That helps right, yelling, ya I thought so. :)

28 | emilie

April 10th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

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We participate in earth hour each year and enjoy family games during that time. We always bring our own lunches, we do not hold plastics in our house and we garden (love recycling the water with the rain barrels), recycle as much as we can and clean with terra20 Ecobar products

With the GC, I’d stock up more on the ecobar
http://shop.terra20.com/store/department/18/ecobar/
As well, as I love the roll on perfumes.. even though this is not exactly the one i’d get, here’s an idea
http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/15805/LucyB-Roll-On-Oil-Royal-Water/

29 | Allison

April 10th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

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love terra20! we have reusable lunch bags from there (various sizes) and other lunch box items (containers, water bottles, cute little cutlery set!). I also bought a humidifier there this winter – it was great! And I’m an Ecobar user!

I could easily spend $100 at terr20! I think I would try their Zoku makers – the pop pan looks cute!

http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/25652/Zoku-Mini-Pop-Maker/

There’s a hand crème from Brazil I want to try but can’t find the link!

And I could easily splurge on a cute upcycled item.

Ohhhh I hope I win!!! :)

30 | Mel

April 11th, 2014 at 8:10 am

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we use rain barrels to water our veggie garden. I’ve never been to terra20, would love an excuse to check it out, thanks for the chance!

31 | Jennifer

April 11th, 2014 at 8:22 am

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We only use LED light bulbs, and turn them off when not in use.
We don’t let water run when we are brushing our teeth.
We hang as much laundry as we can to dry.
Litterless lunches – all the way!
Compost – even though I cannot stand the smell of the container – gross.
Recycle – everywhere we go. :)

Every little thing counts, right?

32 | Grace

April 11th, 2014 at 9:45 am

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We try as much as we can and are constantly looking for new things to do.

Compost, recylce, litterless lunches, upcycle items where we can, sometimes buy used items instead of new, we try to walk when the weather and time permits for groceries, the kids and I bike to work/school and more!

So much more we can do!

33 | Grace

April 11th, 2014 at 9:48 am

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If I won $100 gift card, I’d likely buy some toys for the kids and maybe some litterless lunch items for the entire family to upgrade from the random plastic containers we have now.

34 | Krista R

April 11th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

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Hi – we have recently switched out most of our lightbulbs to LEDS and I’ve started some seedlings for my vegetable gardens from some seeds saved from last year from heirloom plants.

35 | Krista R

April 11th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

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I love so many things at terra20. I especially like this for working out: http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/437/Ashenzi-Atemis-top-Geranium-La/

36 | Chantal

April 11th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

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I just had a look at the site and I noticed they have replacement ink jet cartridges for my home printer! And they are way cheaper than my usual brand! Love it. http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/20264/IFD-Brother-LC61-Black-Inkjet/

37 | Wynne

April 11th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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We do our best to use eco-friendly products & refills!

38 | Wynne

April 11th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

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I really enjoy wandering around terra20. I especially like the lifefactory line of bottles!

39 | Mary @ Parenthood

April 12th, 2014 at 8:10 am

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We have switched to cfl lights (and now switching to LEDs as the old ones wear out). We’ve done a lot of work to reduce energy consumption both through making sure all of our computer components are low energy (we have a software company so lots of computers!) and improving insulation/windows etc

I aim for litterless lunches and low packaging items at the store.

We compost and we have rain barrels. But honestly we could tread a lot lighter!

40 | Mary @ Parenthood

April 12th, 2014 at 8:12 am

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If I won the gift card I’d probably get some more diaper covers. Ours are wearing out. http://shop.terra20.com/store/category/11/84/Diapering-%26-Potty/

41 | HollyStar

April 13th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

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We do some stuff as a family (litterless lunches, bringing our own bags everywhere, eco cleaning products) but we can always do more. I love going to Terra to get new ideas & inspiration.

42 | HollyStar

April 13th, 2014 at 11:08 pm

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If we won, we’d invest in some new water bottles. Sounds weird but with five of us, it adds up! We’re spending the summer on the road so hydration will be important on long van rides.
I like these for the boys:
http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/18955/SJ-Water-Botl-SS-Dino/

43 | Ke

April 14th, 2014 at 8:31 am

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We use our green and recycling bins like crazy! There are only two of us in our household and we may only put a bag of garbage out one a month! Love it!

44 | Nichole

April 15th, 2014 at 5:10 am

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We recycle, use the green bin, buy consignment clothes and toys, and try to use recycled parts and bits for crafts my son likes to do. I also use some green cleaning products, but would like to use more. We also try to do litterless lunches, and reusable coffee and water bottles for work.

45 | Nichole

April 15th, 2014 at 5:28 am

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If I won the gift card I know my son would love the puppet pirate.
http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/9579/C%26L-Hand-Puppet-Pirate/
I’d love to try some bath salts http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/10871/DLish-Lavender-Bath-Salts/
And the rest…so many options!

46 | Dave A.

April 15th, 2014 at 8:33 am

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We have four rain barrels all in series now. Barely ever use the hose.

47 | Dave A.

April 15th, 2014 at 8:34 am

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If we won the gift card I’m guessing my wife would spend the whole thing at the ecobar !

48 | Sarah

April 15th, 2014 at 9:10 am

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I don’t have a rain barrel, because my coop doesn’t have rain gutters, but I do use my reusable mug every single day (if I don’t have it with me, I don’t get to buy a coffee!), and I bike throughout most of the year despite having a car. I save the car for grocery shopping and trips. Eventually, we’ll get a vrtucar membership, once my kiddo is out of car seats.

49 | Sarah

April 15th, 2014 at 9:15 am

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If I won, I’d have a tough decision to make between some good quality cleaning supplies, which are always nice to have (though I use plain ol’ white vinegar for most jobs), and these gorgeous margarita glasses:http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/9300/GAmici-Rainbow-Margarita/

Oh, who am I kidding? I’d get the glasses. ;)

50 | Mimi

April 15th, 2014 at 9:16 am

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Funny you should ask, we just finished off the requirements for the Scouts Recycling badge: buy second hand, share clothes when they’re too big/too small, recycle paper, metals and plastics through the city, take electronics to the special recycling depots, use both sides of paper and lots of scraps for notes, planting pots, and creative projects, use metal sandwich containers for lunch, walk to school, use public transportation, give old eye glasses away to organizations who reuse them, support Parkdale Food Centre by sharing our bounty, collecting egg cartons and glass and plastic containers for reuse, volunteer in the community, created and maintained Ottawa’s second, unregistered little library (on Oxford, between Pinehurst and Parkdale), reuse yarn and thread bits for bird’s nest fodder, use Purple Urchin products, use cloth bags.

If we win, well, I would see what other products they might have to support our efforts. At the very least, I’d stock-up on my Purple Urchin collection.

51 | Meghan

April 15th, 2014 at 9:24 am

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Family biking and lots less car use at our house! We also started unplugging things when we don’t use them. My 15 year old scolded me for leaving my phone charger plugged in when I was not charging! I love all the make up at Terra 20 – I need a spring shopping spree!

52 | Miss Vicky

April 15th, 2014 at 9:52 am

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In addition to litterless lunches (we love to use tin tiffins for lunch packing) and walking to school, we use vinegar and baking soda for cleaning and have tried to replace all appliances with energy saving versions. We just replaced our hot water tank with a tankless system. All very glamorous things; I would love a chance to get some fun items at terra20!

53 | Hellcat13

April 15th, 2014 at 9:54 am

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I generally try my best to pack litterless lunches – my only downfall is single-serve yogurts. I can’t quit my Oikos! We’ve composted for years, even before the city started, and I’ve had some lovely soil from our bin that my orchids absolutely adore. I’ve also started taking the bus to work! I used to carpool, but I’ve since changed jobs and I’m taking the big OC to work every day now :)

54 | Hellcat13

April 15th, 2014 at 9:58 am

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If I were to win, I’d probably buy some of the really cool bamboo swag for my electronics. LOVE this phone case: http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/23202/TripC-Bamb-iPhne-5-Case-Birds/

55 | Amanda H.

April 15th, 2014 at 9:59 am

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I try hard to keep the earth clean and green – a few years ago in university I started to carry my travel mug with me to class so that I didn’t have to buy a coffee every day – it started out as a way to save some $$ but then I realized I was also cutting down on cups going in the garbage too. So now I intentionally leave my mug in my car’s cup holder so that I won’t forget it when I leave for work and it will be with me every day to use….small I know, but every little change counts right?! :)

56 | Amanda H.

April 15th, 2014 at 10:02 am

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If I was lucky enough to win I think I’d spring for a Loko Sport or Prana Yoga top and some of the fabulous cosmetics that are sold at Terra – I want to reduce my thumbprint in more ways than just recycling – to not harm animals or use junky byproducts which cause pollution either!

57 | Shawna

April 15th, 2014 at 11:09 am

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We compost and use our blue and black bins, try not to buy too many overpackaged products, use re-useable containers for the kids’ lunches, and I use a re-useable mug for my coffee at work. I also don’t throw out things that are in good-enough condition that they can be donated for re-use (we donated our old kitchen cabinets to Habitat for Humanity last year, for example – the buyer got cheap cabinets, H4H got the $ to support its programs, and we got a tax receipt, all while keeping the cabinets out of the landfill).

58 | Shawna

April 15th, 2014 at 11:13 am

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If I won I see some pretty snazzy clothes I’d be tempted by (e.g. http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/437/Ashenzi-Atemis-top-Geranium-La/)

59 | Laura S.

April 15th, 2014 at 11:33 am

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I try to be as environmentally-conscientious as possible. I have a huge wooden composter, two big rain barrels, a green bin, and I recycle faithfully. I also try to avoid getting plastic bags at the grocery store (even when I forget to bring my own bags and have to awkwardly carry an armful of groceries to my car lol). And, of course, I try to careful about not leaving lights on, keeping the heat low in the house, not using A/C in the summer if it can be avoided…

60 | Margo

April 15th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

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We garden at a local community garden and ride our bikes everywhere in the summer, use rain barrels in the yard, compost, recycle and (almost always :) pack litter less lunches.

62 | gemma@thesweetestdigs

April 15th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

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We use our washer/dryer during the off-peak hours, bring our own mugs to the coffee shop (usually!), and compost everything we can!

63 | gemma@thesweetestdigs

April 15th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

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I would use the gift card to buy my daughter something. Maybe this cute teething doll? http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/17658/AppPark-FB-Doll-Belle-Cow/

64 | Isha

April 15th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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We collect rainwater in barrels and use it for our garden and lawn.

65 | Isha

April 15th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

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If we won, I would stock up on litterless lunch products, like multiples of this stainless steel container set:

http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/2799/KidsK-Nst-Trio-Ocean-SStl-Cont/

66 | Julie

April 15th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

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I try to do everything possible. Litterless lunches, unending hounding on composting and recycling everything possible, and using eco-friendly products (LOVE the cleaning products I get at Terra20)

67 | Julie

April 15th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

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I would by all the Anointment products for my sister who is expecting. Starting off right!! I may also get a Matt&Nat handbag for me :-)

68 | Valerie

April 15th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

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I’m trying to think of something unusual that others haven’t already said! I have my own little bin at work for compost (including Kleenex that I go through a lot due to allergies). Then I dump it into the bigger compost bin at work (so glad they have one!). I also nag the guys I work with, especially when I see them throw coffee cups into the garbage!

We print a lot (one sided) due to the testing that we do, so I take it all home for the kids to use in drawing, crafts, etc. Their friends have gotten used to home-made cards with odd stuff on one side, LOL.

69 | Valerie

April 15th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

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I like many of the things at this store, so if I won a gift card, I’d go looking for something I don’t normally buy. I love those puppets. And I saw some placemats the other day that I quite liked. We’re placemat and cloth napkin people and could use some new matching ones.

70 | Tricia May

April 15th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

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I try to do my part. I use cloth bags for all of my shopping, nalgene bottles for liquids, I recharge all of my electronics with my portable solar panel, I walk or bike everywhere (except in winter when I take the bus). I recycle, even taking things my coworkers have thrown out and putting them in the appropriate bins at our workplace. I keep a reusable mug in my backpack, and another at work, and I do litterless lunches as well. Oh, and I love the Terra20 refill station!!

71 | Tricia May

April 15th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

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I’ve always wanted bamboo sheets, so if I were to win the gift card, I would definitely put it towards that…http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/9861/Maholi-Bmbo-Stripe-Sht-TWN-Blu/

72 | Nicole B

April 15th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

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I compost and recycle as much as possible.

73 | Jodie Vachon

April 15th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

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Entering for the $100 gift card! Our family uses cloth diapers and cloth wipes for our babies, helping to reduce the disposable diapers and disposable “wet ones” in the landfills.

74 | Melissa C

April 15th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

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I’d love a gift card for terra20! We recycle and use our green bin as much as possible. I love using a rain barrel in the warmer months for watering the garden.

75 | Linda

April 16th, 2014 at 5:29 am

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The rain barrel is a must at our house, and we use cloth diapers for our kiddos.

76 | Laura

April 16th, 2014 at 8:22 am

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We do the usual with lights, saving water etc… but some of the things I’m most proud of is we have a Nest thermometer which is “smart” and adjusts and helps us the save energy. We also get our energy through Bullfrog Power – they put green energy into the grid!

I’m a huge fan of terra20 and a few months ago ditched all of my makeup and cleaning products in favour of eco friendly and natural brands from terra20. I’d use the gift card to stock up on cleaning products like this from the ecobar:
http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/13078/Dishwashing-Liquid-1L/

and this cleanser is awesome:
http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/22805/100%25P-Cleansr-Mask-Purity-.4oz/

Thanks!

77 | Anjali

April 16th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

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In honor of Earth day, and everyday, I recycle, pack re-usable containers, travel mug and light candles in the evening to conserve electricity.

This year, my friends and I played board games but candle light during Earth Hour (and for well past it) and it was so much fun!

78 | Jenn

April 16th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

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I try to do everything I can to help keep Mother Earth green and clean – litterless lunches, composting, recycling, 5 min. showers, eco-friendly beauty and home products, and walking/cycling as often as I can. I also teach my kids along the way how important it is that we do as much as we can now.

79 | Jenn

April 16th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

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I think with the gift card I’d treat myself to a little something just for me:
eg. http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/646/L%26T-Perfume-Gin-Blossom/

and also add to our litterless lunch collection in anticipation of another kid heading to school in the fall.
Thanks for the opportunity!

80 | Danielle

April 16th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

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We do our best to use natural products without harsh chemicals to avoid sending toxins down the drain.

81 | Danielle

April 16th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

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Four our second entry: we would probably use the gift certificate to splurge on cleaning products from the ecobar!

82 | Life of K

April 17th, 2014 at 9:08 am

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We do all the typical things but one thing I really want to work on is food packaging, specifically snacks.

83 | Life of K

April 17th, 2014 at 9:12 am

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I LOVE the whole family of Boston Warehouse items like this cheese grater: http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/11035/BostonW-Cheese-Grater-Nutcrker/ . I saw them this past weekend and fell in love :)

84 | Deb

April 17th, 2014 at 9:24 am

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I coordinate the recycling program at my school with a team of students including black box, blue box and compost. We are having litterless lunches for Earth Day.

85 | Barb Sohn

April 17th, 2014 at 10:24 am

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We have a rain barrel in the front yard, two composters in the back yard. Our gargage is down to one small bag every week. We buy shampoos, cleaners and laundry soap that are eco friendly. We walk and cycle everywhere. We buy organic and hormone free meat and vegetables. We shop at our local farmer’s market. We do a litterless lunch – using glass containers.

86 | Nicola

April 17th, 2014 at 10:27 am

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I turn the furnace down a lot when we are out and at night, and have been explaining the “lights off as you leave the room” thing to my son. I am also a big believer in litterless school lunches, composting, and the three “Rs” (including re-using recyclables for kids crafts first).

87 | Nicola

April 17th, 2014 at 10:32 am

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For my second entry: I’d love some extra metal lunch containers, as I’m trying to phase out the plastics wherever possible…

88 | andrea tomkins

April 17th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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Comments are officially closed to new entries! Stay tuned for the winner!

89 | andrea tomkins

April 17th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

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I don’t this has ever happened before… but the winner according to random.org is commenter #87 – Nicola – the VERY last person to enter. :)

Congratulations Nicola! I’ll be sending you an email ASAP.

Have a great weekend everyone, and a big thank you to terra20 for hosting this fantastic giveaway.

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