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Earth Day Giveaway – Free Reusable Shopping Bag

I love reusable shopping bags, especially when they are free!  I was very excited to see on Facebook that one store in Denver will be giving away a free reusable shopping bag, recycled from their own billboards, with a purchase today (Earth Day!).  See more about Billboard Ecology, a Denver company that creates these bags here.


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HP Printer Cartridge Recycling

Today, while I was slaving over a hot copy machine, the copier demanded a new ink cartridge.  When I reached in to pull the new cartridge from the drawer, I felt guilty at the sight of the other spent cartridges that were waiting there for me to recycle them.  I followed the link given in the cartidge installation instructions and was very impressed with what I found.

HP provides free recycling for ink jet and laser jet cartidges, as well as some hardware items.  HP surprised me by also offering free recycing of rechargable batteries and large format banners and media. 

To recycle my spent ink cartidges, I had a choice whether to drop them off at any area Staples location or print a postage-paid UPS label to ship them back at HP’s expense.  I originally thought I would ship them – an easy task when you print their postage-paid label – but when I followed the Staples link, I discovered that I could receive $3  for each cartridge I recycled as a Staples Rewards member.  Definitely a win-win proposition!  As an added bonus, they will take cartridges from almost any manufacturer, so I don’t have to make separate arrangements for my lonely Canon cartridge.

For comparison, I visited the Canon ink cartidge recycling page as well.  Canon does not offer an advertised partnership with any retail outlets and requires you to register with your email address and a password before printing a cartridge return label.  One important point the Canon site does make is:

If possible, please return more than one cartridge per shipping label (two or more) to help conserve resources, and reduce energy use and shipping costs. This can be done by retaining several cartridges with boxes, then [shipping all cartidges in one box].

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From A Mom’s Perspective

Mountain Mama posted about the fun activities she is taking her kids to enjoy at National Go Outdoors Day in Denver.  I hope you can join her!

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Win Forest Service Prizes at Denver Get Outdoors Day Celebration

Bring your kids to see Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl – and while you’re there, you can win these prizes: ski passes, camping, skiing and fishing equipment, hiking gear and more.  For active Colorado adults and families, there is no good reason to miss the Get Outdoors Day celebration in City Park on Saturday, June 13.

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Free Eco-Totes From Oroweat

Hurry – this promotion ends May 30!

Receive a free “eco-tote” from Oroweat (bread) when you redeem codes from three specially-marked packages.  The packages that have the code will have a banner for the free eco-tote above the label on the front, as well as a Healthy People, Healthy Planet seal on the end of the package.  The alpha-numeric codes are located on the inside of the outer bag.  You must enter the codes from all three bags when you make the request – at Oroweat or through this site.

And a bonus frugal tip: Check to see if you have an Oroweat outlet in your neighborhood.   I can get up to 4 loaves for $6 at the outlet versus 2 for $5 on sale at the grocery store.  The outlet near my office is advertised as an Entenmann’s outlet and is operated by Bimbo Bakeries, their parent company.

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Free Goodies for Earth Day

The Daily Green shared this list of 11 opportunities for free Earth Day goodies or discounts.  Definitely check out the deals that the Disney Store is offering.

If you’d like other rewards for doing right by the environment, check with your local Whole Foods – my store is giving a free reusable grocery  bag in exchange for bringing 5 plastic grocery sacks to be recycled.

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