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05 Apr, 2013

Ottawa giveaway alert: $100 worth of spending money from terra20!

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

But first, here’s something else that’s green that I like. :)

Personal lawn

I first wrote about terra20 when they first came on board as a Fishbowl patron. I’m so glad to have them. I’ve visited the store many times and have always found great stuff there.

Earth Day is coming up on April 22 and terra20 is celebrating all month long. And they’re doing it up BIG. Many terra20 vendors will be visiting the store throughout April. (Psst! Stay in the loop by following terra20 on Facebook and Twitter or bookmark their handy events calendar.)

The general idea for Earth Month is promote easy sustainable living, and each week they are celebrating different ways we can make positive (and noticeable!) changes in our lives.

So for example, on Saturday (the 6th) you can learn about cloth diapering. You can meet the folks behind AppleCheeks, a Canadian cloth diaper company, and also talk to a parent who’s done the whole cloth diapering thing and can share some words of wisdom.

Next Saturday (the 13th) you can learn about litterless lunch options with Julie from Credible Edibles. Julie will be making some special treats that include Grainstorm baked goods. (Hello. Big fan over here. I have a blog post to come about Grainstorm!)

Anyway, yes. There is great stuff happening at terra20, and I cannot recommend the in-store visits enough. It’s a great way to get to know the people behind the label (and ask questions!) and look at some great products up close.

Sooo, drumroll please!

The people at terra20 are giving one lucky Fishbowl reader a $100 gift card to help their family start making manageable eco-friendly changes in their day-to-day lives. (And as we know, the smallest of changes can make a huge difference, right?)


  • This giveaway is for ONE (1) $100 gift card to terra20 and is open to anyone residing in the Ottawa area but is void where prohibited by law.
  • In order for your entry to qualify you must answer the following questions in the comments below: What kind of eco-related change do you want to make? And how would you spend your $100 in order to facilitate that change? (Do note that terra20 carries a lot of different brands in a wide variety of categories including cosmetics & personal care, eco-friendly cleaning products, kitchen and housewares, clothing, pet toys (and more!) and there are products being added to their online store every day.)
  • One entry per family please. We want lots of people to have the opportunity to win.
  • The winner must pick up the gift card at terra20 in a timely fashion. If it’s not picked up within 30 days I will do the draw again and choose a new winner.
  • If you can’t post your comment here for whatever reason, you can email it to me for posting. Send it to andrea at quietfish dot com … however I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • Good karma goes to those who tweet or share this giveaway on Facebook. Do you know someone who would appreciate the chance to win? I bet you do. Forward this info to them!

I will do a random draw of all qualifying entries using Random.org at noon EST on Friday April 12, 2013. Sound good? But wait, there’s another amazing contest going on right now too! How would you like to have someone clean your house for a year? (Er. I think I know what you’re going to say. Nevermind.) It’s the big prize if you happen to be the lucky winner of terra20’s Greener Clean in 2013 contest. (!!) You can get the whole scoop on their blog.

Over to you. And good luck!

76 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert: $100 worth of spending money from terra20!"

1 | Chantal

April 5th, 2013 at 2:44 pm


I would love to get some glass straws but they are so expensive. A gift card would pay for them and some :)

2 | Judy

April 5th, 2013 at 2:51 pm


I would like to make a change in the housewares we use and try to find more options for kitchen use than what we have.

3 | Jennifer

April 5th, 2013 at 2:52 pm


I am in the process of replacing more of those yucky plastics in my life. I’d like to buy more non or safe plastic food containers for leftovers, lunches etc. looking to reduce my family’s exposure to nasty chemicals leeching into our food.

4 | Wendy

April 5th, 2013 at 2:55 pm


Thank you for this opportunity :-)

I make some of my own cleaners……BUT am sadly lacking funds right now to purchase essential oils to add to my cleaners.

I also have been reading about ing in sunscreens etc.
I would love to buy some natural spf products which I’m sure Terra has.
Also, with aging comes wonderful benefits and some NOT so wonderful. Like wrinkles!
I need a Makeover, and have been dying to get to Terra to check out their makeup and tips.

And last but not least, some ideas for transporting healthy foods as when I pick my 10 yr old Grandaughter up from school……she is starving.
Instead of the timmies drive thru I need some ideas!

Sharing and tweeting this!


5 | Rosanna

April 5th, 2013 at 3:13 pm


I would invest in the cloth diapers for my newborn…and maybe some of their cute baby clothes!!!

6 | Marcie

April 5th, 2013 at 3:46 pm


Sustainable clothing is an area I haven’t explored enough and at this point would make a big impact in our footprint.

7 | JaDa

April 5th, 2013 at 4:08 pm


I have been doing some research on earth friendly lotions and shampoos and would live to give some new ones a try! And those amazing slippers too!


8 | Natalie Nowell

April 5th, 2013 at 4:25 pm


I would test out cloth diapering options for my son. We’ve been using disposable, and seeing how much waste they create–and knowing their effects on the environment–has me wondering about transitioning to cloth.

9 | JoAnn

April 5th, 2013 at 4:31 pm


I would love to replace more of my plastic containers with glass ones! I’d also like to explore the use of earth friendly makeup alternatives!

10 | Erin

April 5th, 2013 at 4:41 pm


I have a brand new baby (10 days old) and there are so many amazing earth friendly baby products that I would love to purchase from Terra 20 if I had the funds to do so! Including more cloth diapers from Apple Cheeks for both my kids.

11 | Daphney

April 5th, 2013 at 4:43 pm


I would love to make the switch from plastic containers to glass as well as more natural based skin care products.

12 | Kelly

April 5th, 2013 at 4:54 pm


I am trying to eliminate the harsh household products from our home

13 | Brenda A

April 5th, 2013 at 5:08 pm


I have been continually trying to eliminate plastic food containers in our house. I would use the $100 Terra20 to purchase stainless containers suitable for my kids to take to school. I am also coveting the stainless steel cold packs for lunch bags. I would buy those too!

14 | Cath

April 5th, 2013 at 5:16 pm


Fantastic give away! I would green my personal care products – something I have been meaning to do for ages.

15 | Colleen

April 5th, 2013 at 5:51 pm


With a new baby on the way I would love to add a couple more cloth diapers to my stash, some Earth Mama Angel Baby goodness and maybe a new breast feeding top for Mama :) I love that Terra20 is a short walk from home and am afraid that I might spend too much time there.

16 | Lynn

April 5th, 2013 at 7:46 pm


I’ve been meaning forever to replace the kid’s bath products with Eco stuff. I’ve been to Terra20 but they have so much, I found it just overwhelming. I would use the gift card to force myself to face the shopping!

17 | Elizabeth

April 5th, 2013 at 8:41 pm


I want to change the way I take care of my skin, and my daughters’ too. I’ve always just used whatever cosmetics and lotions were cheapest from the drugstore on my own face and body, but now that my girls have started to become interested in beauty products, and aren’t satisfied with the eco-friendly baby products they used to use, I’d love to find some healthy options for me and for them. I would spend the $100 on high-quality beginner cosmetics for my special girls.

18 | Jennie

April 5th, 2013 at 9:27 pm


I want to find more sustainable ways to keep the lovely (but large and mud loving) dog clean in the spring time! I am hoping that terra20 can help! What I am I looking for? Products to get all that mud and crud off of her and new ways to get her dry – just beyond the regular towels. Finally, new products to clean up the mess left in the tub. Wowzers what a mess.

19 | Psychgrad

April 6th, 2013 at 3:36 am


A couple of years ago, you posted about switching to green household cleaning products. I committed, at that time, to finish what I had and make the switch. I have and am so glad! Now, I want to shift our personal cleaning products. I recently bought some Aubrey Organics facial cleansing products at terra20 and some organic sunscreen. Now I want to take the plunge with my shampoo and conditioner.

Note: Crazy that I thought it was a couple of years ago when it was actually 5 years ago: http://www.quietfish.com/notebook/?p=1344

20 | Krista R

April 6th, 2013 at 7:12 am


I’ve changed out most of my personal care products to ec0-friendly ones, but still need to switch to a better shampoo. I would also like to eliminate plastic storage containers.

21 | Ginny

April 6th, 2013 at 7:50 am


We’re going to be having our first child in a few months – I’d like to be able to purchase as many eco-friendly products for the little one as I can, including cloth diapers.

22 | Danielle

April 6th, 2013 at 8:54 am


As many of the posters above, we are trying to eliminate harsh chemicals from our home. I would put the gift card towards laundry stain removers, and natural floor cleaners (with little ones crawling all over, I would prefer that they not be licking chemical residue off of their hands all the time).

23 | KL

April 6th, 2013 at 10:28 am


I want to switch even more to eco-cleaning so I would stock up on the refills I’ve heard they have at the store.

24 | Amanda

April 6th, 2013 at 2:09 pm


I want to start being more eco to myself on the inside and out….this would entail first a trip to the Terra 20 make up counter as I learned recently that our bodies absorb so much of the nasty chemicals in our mascaras and eye makeups through our tear ducts….scary….and also then to the gardening section as I want to try a herb garden for the 1st time to really start healing and soothing my body on the inside as well…basil, thyme, dill, chives, etc. Healthy Body, Happy Heart! G

25 | Sarah

April 6th, 2013 at 2:45 pm


I would like to switch all our cleansers to ones from their Eco-bar…feel better doing the dirty work around the house! Also eager to try the organic fertilizer for the garden this summer.

26 | Tobi

April 6th, 2013 at 3:41 pm


I would look into their cleaning products bar as I seek to replace some of the less green options currently in my home. And sunscreen for the baby and toddler. The greener options also tend to be more expensive so a gift card would help with that!

27 | Katie

April 6th, 2013 at 4:30 pm


We are transitioning out of cloth diapers, all potty all the time at our house! After 3 babies in cloth and added laundry of a growing family, I am glad to be finished. Although it worked well for me as I found laundry time and my 100 foot laundry line zen.
We already use natural or Eco products. I am curious to visit the store and see what is the next step. I want to learn more about saving electricity, light bulbs?
Thanks for this opportunity!

28 | Carolyn

April 6th, 2013 at 7:21 pm


Already love Terra20 and buy many of my products there. I’d put the gift card towards my refills at the Ecobar (I’m coming due soon!) and I have been coveting all the lunch container options for my kids but with 4, it’s a little expensive to invest all at once. Oh, and Daniel Thompson cosmetics – love them! Again, a budget buster that I could put a gift card to good use with.

29 | Leslie

April 6th, 2013 at 7:55 pm


Wow – I could buy SO much!! I’ve been eyeing their containers as we have recently thrown out everything plastic in our house but I don’t like sending glass containers to school…. cosmetics, lotion and cleaners would fill out most of the rest I’m sure!

30 | Sonya

April 6th, 2013 at 8:00 pm


I would buy makeup. It’s one of the last changes I have yet to make – but is so expensive. Most of the changes I’ve made so far have been related to the kids, now its my turn!

31 | Christina

April 6th, 2013 at 8:03 pm


I would like to switch to environmental cleaning products as well as cosmetics. I’d buy that from Terra20!

32 | Kalli

April 6th, 2013 at 9:15 pm


I would like to get rid of my plastic food storage and replace it with glass. Also I like the idea of the reusable food baggies for produce and dry snacks.. no more zip locks! And lastly, I’d love to try Terra20 ecobar laundry detergent. I have yet to find one that I like.

33 | Angi

April 7th, 2013 at 8:30 am


I would use it to switch over the last of our remaining plastic food containers as well as stock up on products from the EcoBar. If there was any left after that – a new tube of Earth’s Beauty Ruby lipstick!

34 | liz

April 7th, 2013 at 9:23 am


This is such a great giveaway! I would continue our transition to being a toxin-free home. We are slowly phasing out all our chemical filled personal care, cleaning products, and kids toys. $100 could go so far and be so helpful for our family!

35 | CarrieLou

April 7th, 2013 at 10:07 am


Yay! Love this giveaway. I’ve recently started making our own ‘homemade’ foaming hand soaps using scented castile soaps that I picked up at terra20. (goodbye Triclosan that was in our old antibacterial handsoaps!)
I would love to start using the Eco Bar at terra20 so that is the first place I will head with my gift card in hand. :)
Thank you!

36 | Andria

April 7th, 2013 at 6:15 pm


I just had a baby and am using cloth diapers, but I would love, as my son gets older, to make his life a little greener with toys, clothes, feeding accessories and other green kid items.

37 | Carla

April 7th, 2013 at 8:05 pm


I would like to purchase more sustainable clothing, more organic fibres and recycled cloth. We’ve made many changes over the years but this one still we haven’t yet largely because of cost. Our answer has been to buy thrifted clothing which works well if you are patient, but sometimes you can’t find X when you need it, and that’s when I would love to buy for example, the organic cotton shrug at terra20, so lovely and I am pining for a spring sweatery thing.

38 | Katy

April 8th, 2013 at 7:40 am


I would like to make waste sorting easier ..for my parents. As they get older the blue bin/black bin debate gets more and more confusing.

39 | Cat

April 8th, 2013 at 7:46 am


Terra20 is an amazing store — can’t wait for them to open more locations (hopefully in the east end). I’d love to start swapping out my plastic containers, etc., for glass ones.

40 | Crystal

April 8th, 2013 at 7:58 am


We would love to learn more about natural home cleaners, and upgrade our plastic lunch ware to more Eco friendly stainless steel or glass sets.

41 | Leah

April 8th, 2013 at 9:04 am


I love terra20! I am in the process of losing weight and I would like to buy some staple clothe items that are ecofriendly. I usually shop second hand, but I think treating myself to a new pair of jeans or a summer dress would be a great motivating reward.

42 | Mimi

April 8th, 2013 at 9:29 am


Oh yes! Lunch systems… we have four lunches that go out of our house on a daily basis, and the only containers that have consistently made it home have been steel containers. I’d love to have two sets per person.

43 | Pamela

April 8th, 2013 at 9:29 am


Thank you for this opportunity!
I love this store and my wishes include the shift away from plastic food containers for our lunches as well as cleaning products for our home.

44 | gemma@thesweetestdigs

April 8th, 2013 at 9:30 am


Terra20 is my new favourite spot — I went there a few weekends ago for the first time.

I would definitely be spending that $100 towards some cloth diapers for my upcoming little arrival. I went and chatted with the AppleCheeks rep there this weekend and they look great!

Thanks :)

45 | Tricia

April 8th, 2013 at 9:34 am


Like many others, I want to make the switch away from plastic food containers and harsh cleaning products. I’ve made a lot of progress, but a gift certificate would really help. I’d also like to check out their solar options…I already charge my personal electronics and camera batteries with a solar panel, but I would like to see what else they offer.

46 | Lorrie Douthwright

April 8th, 2013 at 9:38 am


I think we are pretty good at being low impact on the environment in many ways, but one way I’d like to be even more so is with our food storage. I’m using the same Rubbermade containers we got a as a wedding gift 10 years ago and they are showing their age. I’m also not so confident that they are not leaching out some chemical muck. I’d love to replace them with something I could feel more confident about.

47 | Allison Klus-Palermo

April 8th, 2013 at 9:39 am


I would love to swap our plastic reusable water bottles for glass or stainless & grow our litter less lunch supplies and a gift card would really help with that.

48 | Christine

April 8th, 2013 at 9:41 am


I would love to continue to choose eco-friendly cleaning products and to fully understand the components of these products . . . these products are not always clearly labelled. I am confident that the sales associates would be well educated and be able to help me decipher the product description.

49 | Rebecca

April 8th, 2013 at 9:54 am


I would love to move to sustainable clothing options. We mostly buy second hand clothes, but buying new I know we should be buying sustainable. Also, we have a baby, so any eco and health-friendly baby products would be useful!

50 | Tara O

April 8th, 2013 at 10:55 am


We’ve already purchased a great counter top compost bucket from the store, but I haven’t got one for the back yard yet. I’d like us to start yard composting our veggie scraps to add to the plants and garden rather than buying chemically infused soils. We also could use a boost switching over all of our light bulbs and batteries to more Eco options. It’s just a bit costly at the start…

51 | Pamela

April 8th, 2013 at 11:31 am


It’s so nice to see all of these thoughtful entries. Thank you everyone! :)

52 | Allison

April 8th, 2013 at 12:31 pm


Ohhh where would I start?! I would love to replace some more of my plastic containers (gradual turnover in my house) and add some more eco-friendly lunch packaging. I would love to try their floor cleaner, and I’d really like to try a higher end brand of shampoo/conditioner, to see if it makes a difference (I flirt with many ‘natural’ shampoo/conditioners but have not found my love!). And, there’s also the cottage to stock up for this summer… endless possibilities, really! :)

53 | Tiana

April 8th, 2013 at 2:32 pm


I would make the change by replacing our personal care products with something more friendly.

54 | Kristina

April 8th, 2013 at 8:51 pm


Thank you for this contest! I would love to use a gift card to get some more eco-friendly containers for left overs, lunches and drinks on the go!

55 | Laura

April 9th, 2013 at 9:36 am


I would like to start making my own cleaners and soaps but I don’t know where to start!

56 | valerie

April 9th, 2013 at 11:51 am


I’d love to try some of the eco-friendly cleaners and personal care products, but am reluctant to spend the money on my own because I’ve been disappointed with products I’ve tried in the past (not from Terra 20). And I saw some placemats that I love, last time I was in. :)

btw, they have neat stuff, but ooh, it stinks when you walk in!

57 | Stephanie

April 9th, 2013 at 12:01 pm


I would love to try out some of the Eco-friendly makeup! I’ve been into the store and it’s just lovely.

58 | Shirley

April 9th, 2013 at 12:36 pm


This is great, I love Terra 20, they have such an amazing store. I am totally converting to glass everything, no more plastic, so would welcome a gift card for sure, Will tweet it up!

59 | Michaela Schreiter

April 9th, 2013 at 12:55 pm


We recently added two puppies to our house. As you can imagine, this came with a lot of mess, and a lot of paper towels. I would like to invest in eco-friendly cleaning products to reduce the amount of waste we produce and protect our dogs from harmful chemicals. Being young, new graduates, this would help us get off to a great start!

60 | Erin

April 9th, 2013 at 1:42 pm


I’m looking to change out a lot of the plastic toys I originally purchased for my daycare with wooden toys! The gift card would be tremendous in helping me do that :) I will resell or donate the other toys so they don’t go to the landfill!

61 | Heather R

April 9th, 2013 at 7:54 pm


I would top up my raw ingredients for making hand soaps and cleaners and invest in some extra glass containers and maybe something nice from Purple Urchin for me ;-)

62 | Stephanie

April 10th, 2013 at 7:38 am


I will have two kids starting full day school in September and would love to outfit them with some litterless lunch stuff.

63 | sara

April 10th, 2013 at 4:21 pm


What looks great about this store, to me, is the variety of products. A gift card would help and encourage me to shop the way I already try to. Next batch of diaper cream, more environmentally friendly gift for next birthday, personal care product. The change I would most like to make, is to be more consistent in making informed consumer purchases all around. Looking forward to checking out this store, and thank you for this contest!

64 | K

April 10th, 2013 at 8:55 pm


What a great giveaway! I would probably go with better dishsoap/dishwashing soap or maybe shampoo and soap.. I don’t know!

65 | Cate

April 11th, 2013 at 12:31 pm


Terra20 is my new obsession! I love their kitchen composting cone, and with spring still around the corner this is worth the investment! With a baby and preschooler running/crawling around my house I should be using eco-friendly products to clean my floors and surfaces, so this will be a great opportunity to try out some non-toxic products! :)

66 | Andrea

April 11th, 2013 at 2:50 pm


I’d love to get rid of plastics in our house. A few Kid Konserve containers and Sling Sisters bags could definitely help!

67 | Melanie

April 11th, 2013 at 3:19 pm


I’d like to use less-toxic cleaning supplies, especially for laundry.

68 | Jessica

April 11th, 2013 at 4:25 pm


I would love some eco-friendly beauty products for my daughters and I

69 | Shannon

April 11th, 2013 at 9:11 pm


I would love to get some of the beautiful organic cotton clothes for my kids! Love that store!

70 | Shawna

April 11th, 2013 at 10:19 pm


I too feel a need for non-plastic to hold food/lunches!

71 | Christina

April 11th, 2013 at 10:29 pm


I’ve made so many great changes in and around our household and for the family as a whole. (green cleaners, litterless lunches, reusable water bottles, composting) I’ve yet to do any “greening” for ME. I would LOVE to make the switch to eco friendly cosmetics and body and bath care. A $100 gift certificate would definitely be a great start (and a nice early Mother’s Day gift!) ;D

72 | meg

April 12th, 2013 at 8:55 am


We are good about things around the house, but we have a cottage and are trying to be as off-the-grid as possible. Our “shack” is not too different than living in a tent all summer. We need to use products there that are respectful to the environment, and ones that generate little to no garbage (what we take in, has to come back out). We would use the $100 for products that we can use for general house hold & that are re-fillable. Waste water (and products in waste water) are a huge concern.


73 | Danielle

April 12th, 2013 at 11:48 am


I would invest in some new beauty and body products. My family are slowly making the switch to more natural self-care and hygiene routines and this would definitely help us get started! :)

74 | Liz

April 12th, 2013 at 11:50 am


I’d like to move to more litterless lunches, and the money would help buy some non-plastic containers, maybe even a nice lunch bag.

75 | andrea tomkins

April 12th, 2013 at 12:03 pm


Comments are officially closed to new entries. I’ll be posting the winner in a few minutes. Hang tight!

76 | andrea tomkins

April 12th, 2013 at 12:22 pm


We have a winnerrrrr! It’s commenter #36 – Andria – who writes:

“I just had a baby and am using cloth diapers, but I would love, as my son gets older, to make his life a little greener with toys, clothes, feeding accessories and other green kid items.”

Well Andria, you’ll definitely find all of those things at terra20. And more! Congratulations! I’ll be sending you an email ASAP.

Thanks everyone for your thoughtful entries, and a big thank you to terra20 for hosting this fantastic giveaway!

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