May 5, 2009

An Earth-friendly Giveaway


With all the buzz about saving our planet our household has been taking small steps in what we hope is to help make our earth a little cleaner and healthier for our children and future grandchildren. I watched a little segment on the Oprah show on Earth Day and I just could not get the picture out of my head about the plastic shopping bags that clutter our landfills and make their way into our water sources. It really made me think a whole lot about my own habits and making some changes to help make even the littlest difference.
So the other day I was having a little chat with my favorite neighborhood Kroger grocery store manager Mike Matheny. We were discussing Momfiles and our efforts to be more Eco-friendly and he generously donated some reusable shopping bags for me to give away to some of our readers! He is just the best, thanks Mike!!

I just love these bags because they are sturdy and I really like the design and colors. Very simple :) The design actually came from a customer out of Atlanta who won the "Design a Reusable Shopping Bag Contest" on Kroger.com.

We are giving away 6 of these great shopping bags to 4 lucky people!
  • To enter just leave us a comment telling us what changes you have made to help save our planet. Or you can give a tip of what simple thing we can do to help our environment.
  • For an additional entry you can tweet this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet in a comment (1 per day)
  • For one last entry you can follow us by clicking follow at the top right of the blog. If you already follow then indicate it in your comment.

**The first step is required to get the 2 additional entries. Each entry must be left as an individual comment to count. Failure to not follow the rules will void your entry. Giveaway open to US residents only. Giveaway ends on May 15, 2009 at 11:59 pm EST and winners will be announced the following day. Be sure to leave your email address visible if you do not have a Blogger profile. Thanks Kroger for this green giveaway and Good luck!!

113 comments:

  1. In addition to the normal recycling, we save any empty soda and water bottles, clean them and refill the with filtered water. Cheaper than buying bottled water and keeps all those bottles out of the landfill.

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  2. I recycle and only buy eco-friendly cleaning products.

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  3. I Tweeted about your giveaway

    "Awesome giveaway at http://digg.com/u12Uvl YAY for recycling!"

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  4. Oh and I followed your blog. I REALLY want those bags! I LOVE them!

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  5. Mary
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    One of the biggies we're doing at my house, besides recycling and such, is to LIMIT the items we do buy or bring into our home in the first place. We've become much more conscientious consumers and don't buy nic nac junk and impulse items because these things take up precious resources to produce and usually end up unwanted junk.

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  6. I teach my children by example.....I recycle, reuse, and am a good steward of the Earth. cdziuba@aol.com

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  7. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/1707097710

    cdziuba@aol.com

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  8. Follower cdziuba@aol.com

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  9. we reduce the trash and recycle- donate and repurpose what we can

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  10. I love these bags - I have just this year started taking my own bags to the store, and once I got into the habit they are so much more convenient than the plastic bags from stores. We also save all our aluminum cans and give them to one particular homeless man to sell. We not only help the environment, but our fellow man!

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  11. stopped using spray cans of any kind

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  12. I am growing veggies and composting this year.

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  13. I tweeted about your blog.

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  14. We're riding our bikes a lot to not use gas. We recycle and compost. Thanks for the giveaway~

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  15. We use our own bags, plant gardens, recycle and don't use paper products (except tp).
    meredycat*lycos*com

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  16. follower.
    meredycat*lycos*com

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  17. Tweet! https://twitter.com/meredycat/status/1708701100
    meredycat*lycos*com

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  18. Thanks! To save the planet, I don't have a car. So, I walk/take the bus everywhere.

    alison_luby at hotmail dot com

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  19. We have gone paperless. Bills, newspaper, etc.. I clean with vinegar (kills more germs better than clorox) I have purchased several reusable bags myself about a year ago, they are the best, love them. I pack kiddos' lunch in rubermaid bowls instead of plastic baggies. We use lent from the dryer as fire starters when camping. I also open blinds during the day for light instead of using a lamp. We live in a small town and we only drive if we have to go farther than two miles one way or it is below 50 degrees. I reuse dog/cat food bags as trash bags. I also take my cooler to the store and ask to buy ice from the machine instead of buying plastic bagged ice. Butter tubs and such make great storage for leftovers. And if and when you do get plastic bags at the store, they make for great curtain stuffers for that perfect puff. reuse them for pooper bags instead of buying them. Or you can stuff one with many and make a great Halloween ghost to hang in a tree.

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  20. use canvas tote bags for all shopping not just grocery shopping mverno@roadrunner.com

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  21. Instead of using single serve plastic water bottles, like we were, we now use pba free bottles that we refill each day.
    In addition, we no longer use plastic bags, whenever possible and we're really trying to recycle whatever we can.
    Thanks so much.

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  22. I'm a follower.
    Thanks again.

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  23. I recycle all the plastic bags I get at my local grocery store. And I started a vegetable garden for the first year ever - so excited! Thanks for the chance - alicedemske at hotmail.com

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  24. I follow! alicedemske at hotmail.com

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  25. I try to recycle more and I bring two resuable bags with me instead of using so many plastic ones!

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  26. My husband does all of his bills online so we don't get any unwanted paper. We also don't get magazines which would normally get tossed out after looking at them once. We use reusable grocery bags as much as possible but we always get a ton of groceries and not enough bags. I try use the plastic bags we do happen to get over again for various things.

    samsakara@twcny.rr.com

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  27. We recycle, we use CFL bulbs and we started an Eco Friendly furnishings and decor website.

    eco_aussie@terrafurnishingsdotcom

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  28. We have limited what we buy. We try to buy food in bulk and food that isn't overpackaged.

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  29. I twittered: http://twitter.com/qwills2cats/status/1713594835

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  30. I've stopped using the car to get to work. I now bike to work and to friends houses. It's also great exercise.

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  31. I recycle everything possible, turn off vampire electronics, have changed to CFL bulbs, etc.

    clynsgatyahoo.com

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  32. I follow

    clynsgatyahoo.com

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  33. I am recycling more and utilizing reusable grocery bags as much as I can.

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  34. We have been reusing water bottles instead of buying cases of bottled water and throwing out the empties. When we do need to throw out the bottles, we are taking them to the local recycle center instead of sending them to the local landfill.

    We have also bought several reuseable grocery bags, and keep them in the car for use at all stores (drug store, grocery, clothes shopping, etc). The trick is to remember to put them back in the car after unloading in the house!

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  35. tweeted about you!

    http://twitter.com/lorivann

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  36. We switched to CFL bulbs

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  37. We recycle as much as possible and use stainless steel water bottles filled with water from home instead of buying plastic bottles of water. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  38. These are reallly great bvags for shopping

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  39. I recycle more than ever. Plug off the electronics, electricals that I used to live on.thanks

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  40. I use the sig bottles - so I am no longer using plastic ones

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  41. We recycle paper, plastic, aluminum, glass. We go to garage sales and buy second hand things that we can use, we donate our things we no longer need to Goodwill so others can use them. We've changed our lightbulbs out to be energy saving. I know this is just a beginning....

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  42. we us canvas bags mverno@roadrunner.com

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  43. Recycle! Melt candlewax lumps over a slow flame, pour into eggcarton holders, you can also put a bit of dryer lint in the cups first if you have any. When wax is hard, cut them into 12 cups. Use one or two for added kindling. If the wax is unscented, you can cook with them, too- (over the campfire, that is) writer61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. i,m going paperless as much as i can. and no more ordering magazines i'm only going look at once then throw away.
    allegro966@yahoo.com

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  45. I get and pay all of my bills online.

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  46. We've changed all our light bulbs, recycle, compost, grow our own veggies.

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  47. we've increased our recycling efforts. we produce a lot less garbage now because of our added recycling, reducing and reusing.

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  48. We recycle, we bring our own bag, and we use CFL bulb throughout the house

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  49. We made our own phosphate-free laundry detergent.

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  50. I try to use cloth grocery bags whenever possible.

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  51. I started using cloth towels to clean, rather than paper towels.

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  52. i only wash full loads of clothes.

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  53. i use newspaper to clean windows.

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  54. Hang dry clothes instead of running the dryer

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  55. We use cloth napkins instead of paper towels at dinner. Its reduced the amout of paper waste in our household and our meals are a little nicer.

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  56. We do recycle as well as give away things we no longer need to others in need. I've also started using both sides of copy/printer paper when possible. I use it for grocery lists, scrap paper, coloring paper and for packing materials for boxes being mailed. It's amazing how much paper can be reused.

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  57. The simplest thing to do is to change the lightbulbs over and use reusable bags - like these - at stores!

    Tarah
    tarah716[at]ymail.com

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  58. We recycle, wrapped our hotwater heater and put it on a timer, put in a garden and compost pile. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  59. I use fluorescent light bulbs, recycle, and pack my groceries in reusable totes!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    email in blogger profile.

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  60. Coincidentally, I was chosen by my electric company to test an in-house meter. I could see how much electricity in dollars and cents I was using from minute to minute. I got SO much better at saving energy after that. I do all my laundry at one time (saves the dryer from having to heat up at the start of each load because it's already hot from the previous load), I replaced all my light bulbs with those curly ones, and when I have to bake, I do it right before dinner so that the oven will already be hot when I need it for dinner. I went from using 7-8 cents per hour to using 3-4 cents per hour. I also recycle, use reusable shopping bags, and do not take paper receipts from gas stations or the library.

    email in blogger profile

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  61. When we needed a new car we bought a Prius so we'd use less gas, plus we recycle even though it's very inconvenient.

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  62. I've driven a Prius since 2002 and I use reusable bags at the grocery store most of the time.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

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  63. We are putting in a home orchard to provide fruit. We use reusable bags at the grocery store. We have energy saver appliances and lightbulbs. We utilize solar lights. We recycle.

    dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

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  64. I have been switching to green household products and recycling more things that I used to.

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  65. I have been recycling for a long time. About two years ago, we switched all our light bulbs to CFL's - we save about $30 a month on our electric bill!

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  66. We use reusable bags, rechargeable batteries, switched out all of our light bulbs for the CFL's and we're slowly weeding out all of our cleaning supplies for green products.

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  67. I have pretty much switched all of my light bulbs to CFLs, I recycle as much as I can, and I have started using re-usable grocery bags too.

    I really like the kroger bags, I got a free one from the design a bag giveaway, but I am probably going to go back and get a couple of more since they are of such good quality

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  68. We use reusable grocery bags, washable water bottles and try to turn off lights when possible. We have also been recycling since long before it was common. Thanks! sbcashortie (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  69. I tweeted the contest at http://twitter.com/sbshortie/status/1766979456

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  70. I follow your blog. sbcashortie (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  71. I recycle as much as I can and use non-toxic cleaners.
    pkildow at gmail dot com

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  72. Recycling in HUGE in this household!!! I'd also love to try worm composting...

    mzpaw@yahoo.com

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  73. I'm trying to use only reusable bags when I shop at grocery and drugstores. This really cuts down on the amount of plastic bags I'm bringing into the house!

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  74. RECYCLE is the biggest change and also we reuse alot whether is be spag. jars or coffee cans.

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  75. Thank you for a great giveaway! We are recycling everything we can and we have a compost. I am also slowly getting some totes to reduce the plastic bags. Thank you!
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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  76. we no longer purchase bottled water

    dctm at bellsouth dot net

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  77. I am a recycling HOUND

    pascha

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  78. We use CFLs, recycle our plastic shopping bags and magazines, and use vinegar and water instead of harsher chemicals to clean our showers and tubs.
    renee
    yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

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  79. We're using cloth diapers for the baby, and trying to recycle more.
    iluvchrisnlevi@aol.com

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  80. We reuse, recycle, and try to reduce (trash, electricity, water usage, etc.)as much as possible. Thanks for the contest.

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  81. We recycle and bring our own bags whenever we go shopping (and, not only at grocery stores).

    jksweep at yahoo dot com

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  82. I would love the chance to win, thanks.
    erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

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  83. We have planted our first container garden this year. We have also started recycling all paper products at work.

    donna at optilink dot us

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  84. I have a garden and I try to buy local as much as possible.

    drellis500(at)gmail.com

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  85. I tweeted. http://twitter.com/drellis500/status/1795844063

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  86. We reclycle,donate stuff we don't need,using less energy by leaving lights off when not needed.
    Thanx for the neat giveaway!!!
    I follow you!!

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  87. I follow.
    drellis500(At)gmail.com

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  88. We recycle, use freecycle, go to yard sales, plant a garden and keep the heat low and air high!
    Thanks
    Sarah
    believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

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  89. I try to use a dish towel instead of paper towels to wipe up spills whenever possible. Also wash only full loads of laudry and in the dishwasher to conserve water.

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  90. we replaced all our bulbs with cfls, wrapped our water heater and put it on a timer. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  91. I try to save my electricity and recycle pretty much everything

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  92. I've tried to make a number of simple changes in my daily routine to do my part to help the planet. I starting using reusable shopping bags (though they're not nearly as nice as the Kroger design!), set up recycling bins for my small apartment building (my city doesn't have a mandatory recycling program), opted to walk or bike instead of drive whenever possible, made an effort to unplug electronics and turn off lights when I leave the house or go to sleep, and be conscious not to leave water running for longer than necessary.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

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  93. Tweeted the giveaway: http://twitter.com/guettel78/status/1806791566

    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

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  94. I'm following your blog (guettel78) - thanks!

    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

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  95. Thanks for the great contest!
    bahjeep@aol.com

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  96. We recycle everything that we can and are sure to teach our 2-year-old the importance of it. Also, we bought a water pitcher to keep in the fridge so that we can fill reusable bottles instead of buying disposable. Thanks!

    xpbloch(at)juno(dot)com

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  97. i changed all my light bulbs to the energy savers and i just bought a new front loader washer that saves on energy and water :)

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  98. following your blog as klp1965

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  99. I finally set up my compost bin and we have started using it. This will save lots of plastic in terms of our garbage can filling up less often. It will also save the earth from some greenhouse gasses as produce waste in landfills releases methane, if I remember correctly. And, in the end, we will have some great soil to garden with.

    Thanks!
    lmarston(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  100. I grow my own fruit, veggies and herbs :)

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  101. We use recyeled water bottles and use totes to the stores

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  102. Conserving water,& recycling. wombatspurple at yahoo dot com

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  103. I have been using vinegar or baking soda instead of harsh chemical products when I am doing mild cleaning. I love that they don't leave any bad fumes behind!

    wordsmoveme(at)gmail(dot)com

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  104. I follow your blog :)
    wordsmoveme(at)gmail(dot)com

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  105. i no longer drink bottled water, i refuse.
    i always take my reusable bags i have to grocery store. i got 2 right now. but kroger gives me .05 cent off my purchase each bag i bring!

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  106. As my light bulbs burn out I am replacing them with CFL bulbs. We also recycle everything possible.

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  107. We carry stainless steel water bottles and no longer purchase bottled water.

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