Ecojot: Ecojotter Flickr Contest!

Remember ecojot, the makers of cool, Canadian made, post-consumer recycled paper products? Well, they’re running a cool contest – check it out!

Simply go to the ecojotter blog for details – the short version is take a picture of your favourite ecojot product in the wild and upload it to the Ecojot Flickr Group. First prize winner picked by the Ecojot Team wins $75 for him/herself PLUS $75 for the Green Cause of his/her choice. The second prize winner, determined by who receives the most votes via comments and faves, will receive a special Ecojot prize pack valued at over $50. (is it wrong that I want second prize and not first? Hah!)

So get snapping, ecochicks, and good luck!

Organic Surge goodies: Earth Week Giveaway #5

And the lucky recipient of the Organic Surge goodies is Christie who said…

Ooh, you had me at Bergamot – I love bergamot – so the tropical bergamot shower gel!

email me at talk at ecochick dot ca, Christie! Good luck next time, ecochicks!

Hey ecochicks!

Our final giveaway for this week is a set of gorgeous goodies from the United Kingdom’s Organic Surge. These wonderful combinations of products are made with 99% naturally derived ingredients with certified organic essential oils. They leave out parabens, SLS, sulfates, synthetic perfume and plenty of other nasties, leaving in plant extracts and all kinds of other goodness. And I have a gift pack for you to try out! The pack includes:

Citrus mint shampoo. There are lots of minty shampoos on the market – they’re wonderful because they have such a nice fresh feeling on the scalp! This one is less minty than some, so it’s lighter and very, very nice.

Next, Tropical Bergamot shower gel is a fresh, pretty gel that leaves your skin clean and soft.

But my clear favourite out of the gift pack is the Lavender and Geranium hand lotion. I never would have thought to put lavender and geranium together as a scent combination – and it really, really works. The two scents compliment each other gorgeously, resulting in a wholly natural, lovely fragrance. And the cream is very nice too!

You want the gift pack? Just head on over to Organic Surge (it’s the UK site but they have all of the products listed there) and tell me what new products sound good to you! Post back here by Friday, May 1 and make sure you leave me a way to contact you, and random.org may just say this gift pack is yours.

Organic Surge products are available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart.

It’s been an awesome week here at ecochick, with all kinds of great giveaways and awesome visitors to the site. Welcome back all of you who’ve been here for a while, and welcome to everyone who just discovered the site this week – I hope you stick around! Don’t forget to subscribe to the ecochick feed, and if you have any feedback for me you can comment or email me at talk at ecochick dot ca. Happy eco-living!

Origins Bag and Ginger Scrub: Earth Week Giveaway #4

And the lucky recipient of the Origins giveaway is Susan R who said…

Hey Shannie,

I was actually making a mental list on Earth Day of the changes that I’ve already made to try and be a little cleaner and greener. Here’s my list of some of the biggies:

1) No chemical cleaners in da’ house – vinegar, BS, Dr, Bonner’s and essential oils. Sure, my house sometimes smells like a fish and chips shop but it beats the “I think I’m gonna pass out from the Tilex fumes” alternative.

2) Organic food where possible – especially fruit and veg. I order a basket from http://www.ottawaorganics.com. Fresh organic produce, as local as the season allows, delivered right to my door, which also saves on the gas it would take for me to drive to the grocery store – bonus!

3) Cannot remember the last time I got a plastic bag at any store. People whinge and complain that Loblaws are now charging for plastic…how can they be expected to remember their green bags all the time? Um..put them in your trunk, bring them into the store, fill them up, take them home, empty them out, put them back in the trunk. University degree not required.

4) I compost. I recycle – whatever and wherever I can. Big box stores -Best Buy, in particular – is great for old electronics and used batteries.

In the upcoming year, I’m planning on switching my hot water heating over to solar. I think those funky panels in my roof will be quite stylin’. See http://www.solsmart.com. I’m also investing in a rainwater collection tank to water the lawn and plants when (read: if!) summer arrrives.

Bring on the eco-volution!

Congrats Susan R and good luck next time, peeps!

“No, no! Say it ain’t so! Not another giveaway! It’s TOO MUCH!” I can hear you all wailing. Well, you’ll just have to get over it because today I have two treats for you from Origins.

It’s no secret around here that Origins is one of my favourite brands. While they are a “big” brand, I’ve always appreciated the fact that they are continually trying to improve their products and provide consumers with high-quality alternatives to regular department store products. Combine this with their fun and innovative blends and the Origins counter is one I find myself spending lots of time at.

Today I have two treats for you from Origins. One: A jar of their gorgeous Ginger Body Scrub. This amazing little tub contains skin-scouring Dead Sea Salts and warming Ginger Zest buffered in emollient-rich Macadamia Oil, Soybean Oil, Kukui Nut Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. This combination, when slathered on dry, flaky skin, scrubs away all the old and leaves bright, healthy, moisturized new skin in its place. It’s luxuriant and feels wonderful, and will leave you moisturized for hours. (Just don’t wipe out when you’re getting out of the tub… this stuff is slippery!)

And keeping that jar safe is treat number two: A limited edition Origins I Don’t Get Wasted organic cotton reusable bag as shown at left. Big, with sturdy handles, this bag will carry even your heaviest grocery loads and stand up for more.

What do you have to do to get these treats? You just have to comment below and tell me What change you’re making to your lifestyle after Earth Day. Are you switching to post-consumer recycled paper products in your home? Are you going to plant an organic veggie garden in the back yard? Whatever it is, post it below by Thursday, April 30. I’ll pick a name through Random.org. Don’t forget to leave me contact information… and good luck!

Well.ca Green Store Launch – Earth Week Giveaway #3!

Whee, the lucky recipient of the Well.ca gift basket is susantroy who said…

The baby cubes are the greatest purchase ever for new moms (hint, hint). I didn’t have those, but they would be so much better than ice cube trays for freezing baby food! You need to buy them! :)

Happy Earth Day!

Susan, email me at talk at ecochick dot ca ASAP and everyone else – good luck next time!

Have you checked out Well.ca, the online drugstore? It’s a great resource for purchasing anything you can find at a regular drugstore – with the added bonus, of course, of doing it from your lap, and with free shipping anywhere in Canada on all orders, it’s a no brainer for when you need to stock up on essentials.

The great eco-news is that today they’ve launched their new Green and Natural store stocked with over 3,000 products from great lines such as Burt’s Bees, Kiss My Face, Derma E, Weleda, Giovanni’s, Green Works, Green Beaver and many more.

And the *awesome* news is that the gang at Well.ca love ecochick readers, and want to give you some great products to try out in honour of their launch and Earth Day.

First in the gift pack is an Urban Spa Full Body Sea Sponge – Soft, absorbent and durable, sea sponges turn soap and body wash into a foamy, luxurious lather that’s perfect for the bath and shower. These sponges are sustainably harvested too!

Next up is a delicious jar of Giovanni Cool Mint Lemonade Salt Scrub – this delicious lemony scrub tingles with fragrance and is an invigorating body exfoliator that polishes skin’s surface, removing cellular debris. The richly scented formula contains the exclusive Giovanni PureOrganic Technology blend.

And finally – as if you needed more – there’s a Burt’s Bees Nourishing Gift Set containing *amazing* Burt’s Bees products including Naturally Nourishing Body Wash, Naturally Nourishing Lotion, Naturally Nourishing Body Bar, Herbal Milk Bath, Honey Lip Balm, Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme and a gorgeous Bee-uty Bag. Can you believe it?

All this can be yours, ecochick – you just need to head on over to the Well.ca Green Store and spend a little time exploring. Then come back here and tell me in the comments about a new eco-product you’ve discovered there that you’d love to try. Leave your comment by Wednesday, April 29, 2009 (sorry folks, Canucks only!) and make sure you leave me a way to contact you. Good luck and Happy Earth Day!

Green Beaver Shampoo and Conditioner: Earth Week Giveaway #2!

And the lucky recipient of the Green Beaver giveaway is michelle who said…

i’m a moisturizer addict. gotta try the cranberry body lotion. mmm, cranberries!

email me at talk at ecochick dot ca asap, Michele – and the rest, good luck next time!

Delicious, sweet smelling, oh-so-good for you Green Beaver. Body products, all made in Canada, with plenty of Canadian ingredients from certified organic agriculture or ecologically wildcrafted. With aroma blends 100% made from plants, instead of vaguely defined “fragrances”. With no paraben preservatives, sulfates, artificial aromas, fragrances or dyes, glycol or petrolatum. With no animal testing. And with to-die-for, straight out of nature scents, like that of the gorgeous Cranberry Rejuvenating Shampoo and the refreshing Apple Mint Conditioner, both of which I have to put in to your hot little hands in nice big 325 ml bottle sizes. Aren’t you lucky!

Just go to the Green Beaver Website and tell me in the comments what your favourite Green Beaver product is and why, by Tuesday, April 28. Make sure you leave me a way to contact you! Giveaway will be determined by Random.Org. Good luck!

Awesome Otterbottle: Earth Week Giveaway #1!

And the lucky, lucky recipient of this Otterbottle giveaway is Stisso who said…

The blue tree is a pretty one that donates to cancer and represents both the earth/sea and green land….but it’s not my choice. The green flowers are also pretty, and represent the beauty of nature, but it’s not my choice either. My choice is for the alien, because we’re all going to be living on Mars if we don’t start taking care of the earth, and that would suck donkey balls.

Amen to that, girlfriend.

For the rest of you… venture over to Otterbottle to get your own… they’re so amazing! Thanks for participating, and don’t forget to check out the rest of the Earth Week giveaways.

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You’re thirsty. You don’t want to use a plastic water bottle, because plastic sucks. But you’re still thirsty. And frankly, you’re also kind of girly, and you don’t want to drag around one of those hideous water bottles that looks like a leftover WWII torpedo or something.

This is why you need an Otterbottle. Not only are these 100% recyclable stainless steel water bottles uber-lightweight and easy to carry… not only are they aluminum-free… not only do they come with two tops – a sport top and twist top with lid, to suit your needs… not only do they come with a clip to easily hook the bottle onto your bag or knapsack.. not only are they a Canadian company… but girl, they are hot. Really, really hot. In 950 ml, 700 ml and 500 ml sizes and a series of gorgeous designs, this water bottle will be the envy of your yoga class. I’ve been getting compliment after compliment on mine, which of course I smugly bask in.

So… you want one? You could buy one from their website. You could buy one from one of their in-store carriers. (And if you buy one, know that a portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold go to the David Suzuki Foundation.) Or, you could just comment on this post by Monday, April 27 telling me which one of their fancy styles makes the best eco-statement, in your opinion. Don’t forget to leave me a way to contact you such as an email address (sorry, this giveaway is Canada only). And if you do that, I might just send you one. Good luck!

Toronto Green Living Show – You want tickets? We have tickets!

Tickets are gone – thanks for playing!

Hey, ecochick. You busy the weekend of April 24-26, 2009? You gonna be anywhere near the Big Smoke? Then I bet you would love to take in the Green Living Show, being held at Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. From their website:

There are many reasons to attend the Green Living Show:

* Discover the latest new green products and services from hundreds of exhibitors
* Gain earth-friendly advice and useful information for your daily life
* Play and learn in the Bienenstock Natural Playground and Amphitheatre presented by ING DIRECT
* Taste mouth-watering dishes and artisanal foods at the Farm Fresh Fare presented by Toyota
* Preview unique prototypes and fresh ideas at the Living Green-Ovations exhibit
* Be inspired by celebrities, eco-leaders and local personalities on the Green Living Main Stage presented by The Home Depot
* Learn the secret tips and techniques of top chefs on the Green Living Cooking Stage presented by Samsung
* Sample Ontario’s finest wines and organic beers in the Grapes & Hops Tasting Pavilion
* Take a spin in the latest hybrid vehicles at the Green Living Test-Drive
* Shop for healthy foods at the popular Food & Beverage Market
* Catch a flick at the Planet in Focus Film Screenings
* Get on your running shoes and run or walk 5K in the Earth Run
* Take a break and refresh in the Planet Forward Lounge
* Meet the totally cool, hip, fun, funky ecochick (OK, I added that one).

You convinced? You want two tickets? You’re in luck. I have a bunch of tickets to give to YOU. Conditions for putting these tickets in your hot little hands:

- you can use the tickets (ie you live in TO or can make plans to be there)
- you comment on this post by Monday, April 20 at 12 noon EDT telling me what you’re most looking forward to checking out at the Green Living Show (click the link for more details!)
- you leave me a way to contact you (if you use your Blogger profile make sure there’s an email address in there somewhere, or just leave me your email addy in your comment) so that I can arrange getting the tickets to you if I randomly pick your name.

Good luck – hope to see you there!

Giveaway day-after-Tuesday: Burt’s Bees Radiance Healthy Glow Kit!

And the lucky recipient of the Burt’s Bees kit is Deanna who said I’d like to get my mom the Body Nectar Softening Set, she’d love it! email me at talk at ecochick dot ca as soon as you can so I can dispatch your goodies in the mail!

Yeah, ecochick hasn’t been on the ball lately. Mea culpa, readers. I’ve been so up to there that I’m actually considering bringing on another writer (I can’t pay, but I can share goodies!) More on that in another post. In the meantime, hey! Yesterday was Tuesday! And that means something good….

A month or so ago, ecochick featured a Burt’s Bees School Survival Kit filled with Burt’s Awesomeness. And hey, guess what? I have another awesome Burt’s Bees kit to give away – this time a Radiance Healthy Glow Kit containing

I’m telling you, every time I list one of these I wonder.. why am I giving this away again?

Burt’s Bees products will make perfect stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. So tell me, beautiful readers: What would you like to give someone else this year from the Burt’s Bees collection? Tell me in the comments by Wednesday, December 3 and you just might be getting this little beauty in the mail. Don’t forget to leave me an email address and good luck!

Ecochick Giveaway Tuesday: Kiss My Face Kisses On Trial

And Random.org says the lucky Kiss My Face Giveaway recipient is lisalila who said…

Hi Eco-chick!

I loooooove Kiss my face products!
I would be happy to receive any sample you are offering, but I would prefer the olive oil soap if I had to choose :o)

Happy Holidays!

email me at talk at ecochick dot ca to claim your goodies!

Have you been to Kiss My Face lately? You know Kiss My Face, the brainchild of two happy hippies in the 80s who decided to revolutionize the skin care industry by creating things naturally? Well, they’re still doing it, creating beautiful, lovely-smelling products made with organic, natural, biodegradeable ingredients not tested on animals. They have lovely Body Care, Facial Care, Cleansing, Hair Care and Suncare lines and much, much more. You can even check out what the lads are up to at their blog. You can purchase their products online or venture to any of a number of stores across Canada. Nice!

On to the giveaway… for you, my lovely ecochicks, I have a Kiss My Face Kisses On Trial gift pack, containing trial sizes of nine of their most popular products including samples from the hair care, shower gel, organic oral care, and moisturizer lines. Just comment on this post by Wednesday, November 26th letting me know what Kiss My Face product you’re most interested in trying. Don’t forget to leave me an email address, and check back after the 26th to see if the Kisses On Trial are yours!

Giveaway Tuesday: TBag & Co. Gourmet Market Totes

And the lucky recipient is Terra who said …I love the Merlot pattern. Congratulations!

Hey ecochicks, remember these awesome Gourmet Market Totes made by TBag and Company? Gourmet Market Tote- Pretty in Pink Well, the lovely ladies at TBag and Company were so chuffed to see their bags on ecochick, they offered up a bunch of bags for giveaways. Aren’t they sweet?

These bags are even more gorgeous in person than they are in a photo, if you can believe that. The Gourmet Market Totes come with three bags made of lovely sturdy canvas in stylish colours and patterns. Roomily sized with thick straps to carry by hand or to sling on your shoulder. And this gorgeous set of three Gourmet Market Totes in Pretty in Pink can be yours! Just leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, November 19 telling me your favourite bag by TBag and Company. Don’t forget to leave me an email address so that I can contact you!

Can’t wait for the giveaway? No worries, sunshine – you can order up some for yourself or for Chrissy Pressies. Have fun!

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