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A Passionate Plate Earth Month Giveaway 2013

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. Congratulations to our WINNER – Danielle!

Welcome to A Passionate Plate’s Earth Day Giveaway 2013!

2013 marks the 43rd Earth Day celebration. Back in 1970, Gaylord Nelson, a US Senator from Wisconsin launched Earth Day to raise public consciousness about air and water pollution, environmental protection and sustainability.  Earth Day went global in 1990, and it is now celebrated by more than a billion people around the world!

Living in Seattle, it’s easy to forget there is such a huge problem with garbage on planet Earth. Our curbside recycling and composting programs set the standard for the nation and a citywide ban on plastic bags at checkout stands has made a huge impact on our city’s plastic waste. But, on a recent trip to India, I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of trash we saw along the roadsides, between houses, and in the water. There was so much plastic in all of that trash, it just broke my heart. It was a big reminder that we still have a LONG way to go, and I came home with a renewed commitment to cut down on my own use of plastic, especially plastic storage bags and beverages in plastic bottles.

How about you? What do you do to reduce, reuse and recycle? Have you found a way to cut down on the amount of plastic you bring in (and throw out) of your home?

Enter our contest and let us know!

How to Enter:

Inspire us! Please respond to this post and tell us something you do to reduce, reuse or recycle!

The Giveaway:

Four beautiful Amici Cresta Quadra glass storage jars with ceramic lids!

We’ll announce the winner  on Earth Day, April 22nd.

We can’t wait to read your replies!

34 comments

  1. Sharon Chase says:

    We live on a farm and take recyclables into the town recycling centre 7 miles away. Also compost and reuse items around the house….give away to less fortunate people as well. I love trees so we plant several especially those that attract wildlife and birds.

  2. […] Happy 43rd Earth Day to all of you! And, congratulations to our Earth Day Contest Giveaway winner! We asked you to tell us about a way you try to reduce, reuse or recycle. We received 32 very thoughtful answers. You can read them all at the bottom of our giveaway post. […]

  3. Christina says:

    We recycle EVERYTHING! We also have our own garden, with our own compost. We use reusable shopping bags, and steer clear of the plastic ones! We have also planted about 5 trees, and are going to plant more!

  4. Louise says:

    w also give away all our kids outgrown clothes to charitable organisations.

  5. Louise says:

    We compost, recycle a lot more than we put out for trashwhen we need to pack lunches we go waste free and plastic free using lunch tins which have lasted yrs and when they are no longer good they can be recycled…no plastic waste. Usemy own cup so no paper coffee cups. Now attempting to grow our own kitchen garden with our 4yr old on board 🙂

  6. Rachel F says:

    I take old soccer, baseball, tennis balls and use them for projects.

  7. Erin Walsh says:

    We have a great recycling system, we use re-usable bags, we are also growing our own fruits and vegetables.

  8. Tannis W says:

    We compost, recycle, and grow our own veggie garden.

  9. Marilyn Gordon says:

    At the hospital, I have a recycle box right next to the trash can. Every morning I go in early and pick cans out of the trash can (which) is touching the recycle box! I love the staff, doctors and the registration girls I work with, but really, they cant hit the recylce box? I also recycle glass at the igloos and paper at the local recycle pods.

  10. Michelle Smith says:

    I do a lot to reduce, reuse and recycle. I reuse clothes, bedsheets to make new clothing items for my kids, I garden, I reuse any plastic containers we get, I shop at thrift stores and garage/rummage sales.

  11. Shannon says:

    When I need something I go to Craigslist first! Always better to buy used.

  12. rod jackson says:

    we compost and garden plus a fruit orchard Rod Jackson
    mrsrodjac at hotmail dot com

  13. Danielle T says:

    I do my best to live a “green” lifestyle when possible. I use reusable grocery bags and only buy green cleaning products. We have a garden and try to grow our own veggies and some fruits and have a compost pile started too!

  14. Zoopa M says:

    I always use reusable cloth shopping bags where ever I go. We recycle all our plastic, paper and glass…..assuming that my daughters don’t think of a creative way to reuse it!

  15. Katie F. says:

    We re-use and recycle just about everything. Any plastic containers, we use to start seeds in, and we put out 5 times the recyclables than we do trash. Just about everything is recyclable in some way! We use wire hangers from the dry cleaners to make them into fence stakes for our gardens. Bottles become vases, and jars are perfect for storing all kinds of things!

  16. We reuse bags and bring cloth bags to shop with; when I buy bulk items at the store, I reuse small plastic or canvas bags I bring from home. I refuse bags for small purchases at the drugstore and seek out products in less packaging, glass containers, etc.

  17. Dave says:

    Re-usable grocery bags and when I do get them, they become trash bags. We also fill a 96 gallon roll-off container of recyclables each week.

  18. Keren Genet says:

    Our family lives the model of reduce, reuse, recycle. We hand built our home, using more than 50% reclaimed materials. The house electricity is generated by three solar panels on the roof. We use very little energy, and so a small wattage system is perfect for us. We raise much of our own food, from chickens to vegetables, and even mushrooms and herbs! We live in a very rural location, where recycling is not available. We save up every bit in a recycling dedicated shed, and make the hour and a half trip to take it to the recycling center ever few months, combining the trip with a grocery shop. We drive very little, and my son is homeschooled, eliminating the need for the diesel school bus to make the trip to our remote area daily. In every action we commit, we try to remember how it will impact the earth, and future generations.

  19. Jessica says:

    I compost, recycle, and reuse everything!! I save water by showering with a buddy 😉 shutting off the water when brushing my teeth and washing my face, and I never use plastic bottles!

  20. Wehaf says:

    We recycle, compost, and try to buy products with minimal packaging!

  21. Jeffrey says:

    We recycle all that we can, usually filling the canister every week and only creating one garbage bag every two weeks. We have a composte bin for all of our scraps, spreading it over the garden when its nice and ready. We don’t use bags for lunch items, only containers and never take plastic bags at the market, using fabic bags. One of the most important things that I do is never throw out food. We buy only what we need, growing many items in the summer including fruits and vegetables. We just started canning 2 seasons ago and use our stock throughout the winter. Our favorites are the strawberry and concord grape preserves. Thanks for having the giveaway, these would come in handy!

  22. Helen says:

    I recycle almost all my zip lock food storage bags except for the ones used for chicken, fish or meat. I wash them out with hot, soapy water then air dry inside and out. On a recent trip my husband and I had a good laugh when I opened my suitcase and saw a zip lock bag of lotions labeled “Sugar Snap Peas July 2012”!

  23. use plastic grocery bags for diy crocheted items (fun but time consuming) also use bread wrappers for non compostable garbage. i also wrap things to be shipped, use in suitcases. use plastic containers (yogurt, crean cheese, sour cream, etc) for left overs sent home with friends.i could go on and on

  24. Marie says:

    We try to reduce what we purchase and bring into the house to begin with, then recycle just over half of what we dispose of to our local recycling center. Plus there are still a lot of good uses in things others may throw away like plastic boxes make great containers for smalls and organizing little things, pill bottles are great to label and store seeds over winter, bits of yard and crafting is great to hang in the tree branches for bird nesting (esp in the spring, there are some colorful nests around here!), and some items (like pringle cans) are great dog toys (put treats in and the lid, then watch them go!…. a little creative thinking goes a long way to reducing what goes into recycling and waste!

  25. Lynnette Dodge says:

    I re-use jars many times over (store beans, seeds, etc.). Recently I got a composter and now don’t give my husband the chance to throw anything away. We recycle tea and coffee, food peels, egg shells, paper from the shredder, etc. It’s felt very nice utilizing all of these things to ultimately produce some great compost for our veggie garden.

  26. Caroline Ellison says:

    I wash and re-use plastic water bottles many times rather than tossing them after a single use, and I’ve been using the same paper grocery bags for what seems like years. Whenever possible, I’ll wash and re-use gallon- and quart-size (or even sandwich-size) Ziplock bags with a bit of soapy water (not too much soap!), use the back sides of throw-away envelopes for scratch paper, and generally try to “reduce and re-use” rather than “recycle.” Recycling is a noble idea but actually takes more energy and resources than the original production of a particular item, so the less waste we generate, the better off we are.

  27. Donna says:

    I use Frozen juice concentrate rather then ones in plastic jugs or sippy containers. Then recycle the cardboard and metal cover the juice comes in. It’s also less expensive and you can make it as strong or weak as you with.

  28. Jeanne says:

    I look for food with the least amount of packaging. When we do use the plastic bags for bulk or produce we do so intentionally and reuse the bags (probably too many times). Bags are used for storing other food, wrapping items for garbage, and can be used for packing items for shipping. If anyone knows my husband, we through very little away. Less than one small Seattle bin/week.

  29. jacquie says:

    recycle whenever possible. and it is so much harder now w/ two dogs in a little one bedroom apart instead of house as space is so very limited. i never really appreciated before how much of an effort it was for some people to do. but it is something i continue with. i also use reusable bags for groceries and am trying to buy more in bulk. did you say where you got those containers from? i have been looking to find some and have not been able to locate locally.

  30. Carole Resnick says:

    I use cloth rather than paper towels.

  31. Jessica says:

    I reuse, recycle, compost, and am starting an organic garden this year!!!

  32. Lily says:

    I have so many plastic shopping bags from the supermarkets! Instead of throwing them out right away, I store them andto save them for at least one last good use, or two.
    I will use them to carry my lunches to work. The handles are great for this, and the plastic is good for protecting your purse or backpack from potentially exploding yogurt.
    I will also use them to pack into my overnight bags. This is good for when you need a “laundry” bag to separate your dirty clothes from the clean ones inside your bag while you are traveling.

  33. Kristen says:

    Aside from bringing my own bags and recycling weekly: takeout containers become lunch containers, beer bottles are cleaned and sanitized for my homebrew, and I generally try to buy in bulk so I go through less packaging.

  34. Linda says:

    our garbage route has a blue tote for recycle items. My blue tote is full @ wk. And I have one garbage sack. I recycle everything allowed, and take my yard waste and put in the yard waste tote. thank you for the giveaway.

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