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Apr 19 2010

End-of-April Giveaway – “Live Green Together” Prize Pack from Cascadian Farm

Published by at 9:32 pm under Contests and Giveaways

How many times have you come home to an empty house to find that someone left the lights on? Do you leave your toaster and coffee maker plugged in all the time? Did you know that the simple act of unplugging electronics when you aren’t using them not only reduces energy, but could save you as much as 10% on your electric bill?

With Earth Day’s 40th anniversary on April 22nd fast approaching, Cascadian Farm wants us to join the celebration by pledging to follow a few eco-friendly tips on Facebook. Choose from eight different pledges, ranging from reusing clothes to reducing your speed while driving on the highway, and find the one that fits your lifestyle. For each person that signs a pledge now through May 31, 2010, Cascadian Farm will donate $1, up to $40,000, to the Organic Farming Research Foundation, which fosters the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems.

Here are the 8 tips that Cascadian Farm suggests we incorporate to be greener:

1. Slow the Flow: Install a low flow toilet to save water and electricity. If 1% of U.S. consumers installed low flow toilets, it would save enough electricity to power 43,000 households for a month.

2. Seal Your Ducts and Save Some Green: Leaky heating ducts in a forced air heating system can reduce efficiency by 20%. Seal the leaks and save about $140 a year!

3. Cruisin’ on the Highway: Slow down! Going from 75 mph to 55 mph will improve your fuel economy by 15%. If we slowed down, it would be the equivalent of taking 28 million cars off our roads.

4. Food Planner: More than 25% of prepared food is thrown away in the U.S. Look in your refrigerator  before a trip to the grocery store to practice food planning and be aware of what you eat.

5. Hug a Tree: Trees hold an average of  15 to 25 lbs of carbon  per year. Protecting and planting trees will create natural air filters in our cities and neighborhoods.

6. Carwashing: Reduce water usage by washing your car on the lawn. The soil will help break down the soap, reduce run-off and give your grass a drink!

7. Beware of Vampires: From TVs to cell phones, unplugging electronics  when you aren’t using them can really affect your pocketbook. The energy saved could reduce your electric bill by as much as 10%.

8. Reuse Old Clothes: Is your child growing out of their clothes every couple of months? Host a clothing swap. Whether you find items for your children or yourself, it’s a great way to build community, and you will have a blast sharing and reusing.

As the Organic Farming Research Foundation continues to sow seeds to transform agriculture, you can do your part to initiate a positive change for healthier foods and a healthier earth by visiting http://www.facebook.com/cascadianfarm and signing the pledge that’s right for you.

Dedicated to organic goodness since 1972, Cascadian Farm products are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers or genetically engineered ingredients. With your help, we can all live greener together. :)

Visit Cascadianfarm.com to learn more and download a $1.00 coupon today!

The people at Cascadian Farms has sent us a “Live Green Together” gift package that includes Cascadian Farm cereals and granola bars, including: Fruitful O´s cereal, Cinnamon Crunch cereal, Chocolate Chip Chewy granola bars, Dark Chocolate Almond Granola, Dark Chocolate Almond granola bars, Oats & Honey granola, and an eco-friendly grocery bag. Looks like we got breakfast and snacks covered for awhile!

"Live Green Together" prize pack that includes Cascadian Farm cereals and granola bars, including: Fruitful O´s cereal, Cinnamon Crunch cereal, Chocolate Chip Chewy granola bars, Dark Chocolate Almond Granola, Dark Chocolate Almond granola bars, Oats & Honey granola, and an eco-friendly grocery bag.

Are you ready to get green? Enter for your chance to win this “Live Green Together” prize pack from Cascadian Farms. Here’s what we’d like you to do:

1. Leave a comment to share what changes you or your family have made (or plan to make) in an effort to live greener? Or, which tips from the website do you plan to incorporate into your family’s lives?

Contest ends Sunday, April 25th at midnight. We’ll choose a winner based on the quality of the comment! Good luck! The lucky winner goes to Tree. Congrats!!!

Disclaimer: In compliance with the FTC Guides, updated 10/5/09, this article has material connections.  The Food Addicts (TFA) received no fees for hosting this giveaway on behalf of Cascadian Farm.   Cascadian Farm will provide 1 prize pack to the winner free of charge;  1 prize pack was also provided to TFA at no cost by Cascadian Farm to facilitate the review process.  TFA does not endorse the company mentioned above.

48 responses so far

48 Responses to “End-of-April Giveaway – “Live Green Together” Prize Pack from Cascadian Farm”

  1. Kristenon 19 Apr 2010 at 10:14 pm

    We use cloth napkins, reuse containers, recycle what what we can and use our own grocery bags. This is a great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Northern Woods Fried Chicken =-.

  2. Casey Angelovaon 19 Apr 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Great tips! I incorporate most of them in my life already. Since I live in Europe, mostly all toilets are equipped with 2 flush settings. I am already starting to practice food planning and it does make a difference. I find that I am more organized and dinner is usually on-time. Even better than slowing down on the highway. I use my bicycle to get around. I have front and back baskets, so I can do some grocery shopping and run errands without my car. As for old clothes, I donate them to less fortunate people.
    .-= Casey Angelova´s last blog ..Mulit-Grain Whole Wheat Bread =-.

  3. tigerfishon 20 Apr 2010 at 2:37 am

    Food and menu planning is something I have been doing more carefully for the past few months. It really leads to less wastage and makes nutritious meals. One tip to reduce your electricity bill: do not open the fridge door too frequently (and that is part of food planning as well).
    .-= tigerfish´s last blog ..Watercress and Daikon Soup of the Day, 西洋菜白萝卜汤 =-.

  4. dianason 20 Apr 2010 at 3:52 am

    We bought a Pruis 6 years ago. In fact we now have our 3rd one. We recycle everything that we can. We’re very concerned about our environment. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway,

    dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

  5. The Chocolate Priestesson 20 Apr 2010 at 4:37 am

    We all ready to do most of these things have done them for years. As lights burn out, we use better bulbs. When our washer died after Christmas we bought a front load machine that is supposed to save water and energy and seems to have cut our usage by a decent amount.

    The one thing we are wasteful on is computers — we have ten of them in the house but not all are plugged in and on all the time. Personally only one of mine is on regularly, another is in a box, it needs to be recycled and another is in the basement for when the temps go up and I retire down there during the hottest part of the summer. However both of my Acolytes are computer guys, using them widely for work and more than one at a time for work and they work from home.

    I do talk about “Green” issues and fair labor issues at The Chocolate Cult if anyone wants to check that out. Plus we, too, are hosting a contest this week that only requires you follow the blog and leave a comment.
    .-= The Chocolate Priestess´s last blog ..Win Hot Chocolate Maker =-.

  6. Amber Gon 20 Apr 2010 at 5:16 am

    I already practice food planning, and we reuse old clothes throughout the family. My kids don’t seem to mind the hand-me-downs, in fact, they think it’s cool that they are wearing the same clothes as “cousin _____.” This year in honor of Earth Week/Earth Day, I have started a compost heap too for our garden so we can hopefully stop using fertilizer altogether. It’s actually a lot of fun, the kids are really into it and love the worms, and I’m realizing how much of the trash we throw out are food scraps/peels etc.

    From the list of pledges, I’m going to pledge to wash the car on the lawn next time it’s due for a cleaning. Or at least make hubby wash the car on the lawn!

  7. bunkycookson 20 Apr 2010 at 5:58 am

    This is a great giveaway. I love their cereals.

    We are really thoughtful about our use of energy and water and have been for some time now.

  8. Michael Rasmussenon 20 Apr 2010 at 5:59 am

    I have planted a garden and also used every pot I have for herbs and salad greens. I’m also composting everything I can in my worm box. I’ve cut way down on my use of chemicals. I think about each chemical I’m using now and try to find a green substitute.

  9. Rochelle (Acquired Taste)on 20 Apr 2010 at 6:31 am

    I love all these tips you’ve given to us to be more “green”. I think I’ve always washed my car on the lawn, as that’s the way my mother taught me. Planting trees? Yup did that too, every year for Christmas as a kid we got pine trees that we could replant after the holiday, and once I have my own piece of land I plan on continuing the tradition.

    Also when it comes to food, I save the bits and pieces of veggies that are normally thrown away to make broth to freeze. This also works for beef, chicken, fish, and pork bones as well as shrimp shells and the like :D
    .-= Rochelle (Acquired Taste)´s last blog ..Garlic, Green Onion, Goat Cheese & Yogurt Twice Baked Potatoes =-.

  10. Brandyon 20 Apr 2010 at 6:36 am

    I try not to use the heat in the winter (live south) or the A/C in the summer.

  11. Angelaon 20 Apr 2010 at 7:24 am

    I always unplug electronics when not in use and I’ve seen a major difference in my utility bill.
    The biggest “green” step we’ve taken this year was planting a vegetable garden and building a compost pile. I was a little intimidated about starting the compost at first because I thought it might smell bad, and be really messy to deal with, but it’s not at all! It has been a wonderful addition to my backyard. It’s amazing how much we throw away in perfectly compostable food scraps. Now all of my organic waste goes to the compost to breakdown, and in about a month all comes full circle and I will have some wonderful fertilizer for my now flourishing vegetable garden.
    .-= Angela´s last blog ..Broccoli Flower & Leek Soup =-.

  12. 5 Star Foodieon 20 Apr 2010 at 7:54 am

    What a great package! I’m looking forward to Earth day – I get to come along on a special project my daughter’s class is doing at school.
    .-= 5 Star Foodie´s last blog ..International Incident Party: Wild Little Plum Pizza Pie =-.

  13. junghwaon 20 Apr 2010 at 8:46 am

    we walk or take bikes to go to places near our house :)

  14. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}on 20 Apr 2010 at 9:10 am

    We make our life greener by regularly recycling everything possible. We also use CFLs, Energy Star appliances, and reusable shopping bags. We combine driving trips to save mileage — and turn things like lights off when not in use. *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  15. Alisaon 20 Apr 2010 at 10:25 am

    I love the food planning concept and am working to incorporate this more – something I have always been horrible at!

    Over the years we have adopted several greener habits, but most recently I would say I am enjoying the following additions to our lives – Joined a CSA (actually eating out less because of it too!), walk to all stores, restaurants, etc. within a 1.5 mile radius (luckily we live close to all necessities so the car sees very little mileage), and making our own cleaning products.
    .-= Alisa´s last blog ..Blogger Secret Ingredient Reveal =-.

  16. Cajun Chef Ryanon 20 Apr 2010 at 10:41 am

    Great ideas in this post, we follow many of these tips and here are a few more.

    Save your brown water, like your shower water and transfer to buckets to water any of your non-edible plants in the yard. Cuts down on your water bill and the water is recycled.

    Some outer clothing can be worn more that once, especially if not soiled or dirty, thus cutting down on laundry costs such as electricity, water, detergent. Bath towels can be re-used and hung to dry for several days before being laundered.

    Turn your AC thermostats up in the summer and heating down in the winter, just a few degrees can save plenty in electric or gas bills and also conserves energy.

    Use a toaster oven to warm up some leftovers of food instead of in the larger traditional oven, saves on energy too.

    Bon appetite!
    CCR
    =:~)

  17. Kristenon 20 Apr 2010 at 2:06 pm

    We bring reusable bags to the grocery store, keep the thermostat low, and buy green products…every little bit helps!

  18. TrucVy Zoeon 20 Apr 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Ever since I got married, my hubby has a big influence on me. We always unplug electronics when we are not using them. Also, we only use heat in winter. If the weather get a little colder, we just wear an extra sweater at home instead of turning on high heat. I like cold anyway. As for food planning, I usually don’t throw old food away. I always create new dishes out from old dishes. It’s a great way to be creative when it comes to cooking. Of course, we recycle everything we can. We also used plastic grocery bags as a trash bag for bathrooms with small wastebaskets. We used my hubby’s car to drive most of the time since his car use less gas than my car.
    .-= TrucVy Zoe´s last blog ..Vietnamese Broken Rice with Grilled Pork and Shredded Pork Skin =-.

  19. FoodieWithoutAClueon 20 Apr 2010 at 3:37 pm

    We live completely off the grid. We’re living solar. The biggest energy saver is just conservation! Once you realize how much power you waste (leaving things plugged in, leaving the lights on, etc.) its easy to cut back.

  20. graceon 20 Apr 2010 at 5:08 pm

    this is kinda terrible, but we’ve instituted the “if it’s brown, flush it down, but if it’s yellow, let it mellow” toilet practice. that’s just one example, of course–there are others that aren’t so icky. :)
    .-= grace´s last blog ..a simple turn of phrase =-.

  21. Tamon 20 Apr 2010 at 6:02 pm

    We gave up our car and take public transportation or walk everywhere.
    .-= Tam´s last blog ..Razor clams and fresh sardines =-.

  22. Wehafon 20 Apr 2010 at 6:55 pm

    We bike to work (weather permitting) and participate fully in our community’s recycling program. We also installed extra insulation in our home, to cut down on our heating and cooling bills, and we mow our lawn less often.

  23. kristyon 20 Apr 2010 at 6:55 pm

    What lovely giveaway! Want to live green, check out my homemade organic detergent at…
    http://kristygourmet.blogspot.com/2009/06/organic-all-purpose-cleaner.html
    Hope this will help! Have a great day!
    Cheers, Kristy
    .-= kristy´s last blog ..Red Dragon Fruit Simple Baguette =-.

  24. food-4totson 20 Apr 2010 at 8:46 pm

    We always bring our reusable shopping bags when going for grocery shopping. Every bi-weekly, we will donate our newspapers to the recycle team.
    .-= food-4tots´s last blog ..Chicken pie with cheesy mash topping =-.

  25. citronetvanilleon 20 Apr 2010 at 10:09 pm

    That is a GREAT post, yes we need to really start doing something to save energy and the planet. All those are great tips that will help contribute to it. I try not to let water run for no reason, and switch all the lights if I’m not in a room, and small things like that, but there is much more to do!
    .-= citronetvanille´s last blog ..For a happy lunch – Melting potato bouchées with herbs and mozzarella – Yogurt mint dipping sauce =-.

  26. The Duo Disheson 20 Apr 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Leaving the lights off is a big one. It only takes a second to turn the lights off behind you. Pantry surfing is how we get by too. We’re notorious for not buying before we look to see what’s there. It helps with your creativity too. :)
    .-= The Duo Dishes´s last blog ..Bigger’s Not Always Better =-.

  27. Ashleyon 21 Apr 2010 at 6:53 am

    I can’t believe that much food is wasted! We are very careful about meal planning so we don’t waste food. Here in Atlanta we have serious water issues, I reuse almost all of my cooking water for plants and we constantly monitor our water use to conserve as much as possible.

  28. Caraon 21 Apr 2010 at 7:42 am

    We’ve really tried to curb our energy usage by unplugging certain appliances when not in use. I definitely see a difference in our bill!
    .-= Cara´s last blog ..Stuffed Baby Eggplant Amuse Bouche =-.

  29. Amandaon 21 Apr 2010 at 10:18 am

    we just started an organic garden, and we recycle and compost compulsively.
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

  30. gertrudeon 21 Apr 2010 at 4:09 pm

    During winter we wear thicker clothing, used less heat, turn off all the lights and fan when we are not in the room, change all the light bulb to energy saving ones, plant more vegetables in my containers this season, safe the water I used to wash my vegetables to water my plants, cut down on our food cost, eat less process food, eat local produce, bring our own shopping bags during grocery shopping etc.

  31. Katie @ Cozydeliciouson 21 Apr 2010 at 6:19 pm

    My friends and I are planning a clothing swap – I can’t wait! I love the tip about car washing on the grass. Thanks!

  32. RunToTHeFinishon 22 Apr 2010 at 4:11 am

    We’ve made lots of changes around here!!
    Take bags to the store
    If I get plastic bags use them for trash liners
    Use the liner from cereal for wax paper
    Recycle, recycle, recycle
    Wash clothing in cold water
    Unplug appliances not in use
    Use ceiling fans to keep the air from running
    Open the windows!
    Buy local and organic
    Shorter showers
    Turning off the faucet while brushing teeth
    Buying recycled products
    .-= RunToTHeFinish´s last blog ..3 Changes Challenge Check-In #1 =-.

  33. Hannaon 22 Apr 2010 at 7:15 am

    We recycle all the plastic bags/papers/cardboard box and donate unuse clothes.
    My dad digs a small hole in the garden and we throw out any unuse part of vegetables and fruits in there…save him some money from buying fertilizer.

  34. Joyon 22 Apr 2010 at 11:01 am

    We switched all our light bulbs to the energy saver ones, all appliances are energy star rated, I make the effort to unplug anything that doesn’t need to be plugged in, and we probable recycle more stuff than that goes into the trash.

  35. Amy Von 22 Apr 2010 at 11:43 am

    I liked the pledge option about recycling used clothes. We have lots of swapping to do!

  36. Karinon 22 Apr 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I wore hand me downs sometimes as a kid and I still do. Have bought clothes and shoes at second hand stores and garage sales.

  37. Debbieon 23 Apr 2010 at 4:57 pm

    We turned our side yard into an organic garden full of veggies, herbs and edible flowers. We love to watch it change each day, and enjoy creating recipes and meals with whatever looks good each day. Right now the carrots are abundant, and the lettuces and herbs make wonderful salads. ‘ can’t wait to plant our heirloom tomatoes this year!

  38. Tamara B.on 23 Apr 2010 at 8:32 pm

    This past year we have really made a conscience effort to live greener by changing our light bulbs to more energy efficient ones to save electricity, changed our shower heads to low flow ones to save water consumption, and we recycle any and everything we can.
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

  39. pixie13on 24 Apr 2010 at 12:27 am

    We recycle, use energy-efficient bulbs, & have switched all major appliances to Energy Star. We also use reusable bags when shopping.

  40. Sarah Gon 24 Apr 2010 at 6:49 am

    In an effort to live greener, we recycle, we’ve planted a garden, and we cloth diaper.

  41. ashleyon 24 Apr 2010 at 10:12 am

    I take shorter showers and also use reusable water bottles! Sweet giveaway :-)

  42. Amanda Aon 24 Apr 2010 at 8:34 pm

    There are some great tips from Cascadian Farm and from the comment section! Personally, we have been slowing making changes toward a more green lifestyle. We:
    1. changed the temperature that our heating and air are set at, and try to open the house more and rely on our ceiling fans – we did it gradually and did not even mind the temp difference!
    2. reuse clothing constantly! My sister has two boys, so when they outgrow clothing it goes to my two boys, and then I take it to our huge local consignment store where it gets even more uses!
    3. For clothing that is stained, I have a bin in the basement that they go in, and then I cut the usable fabric up and make quilts out of them! Usually only a small portion of the shirt is stained, and there is plenty of usable fabric.
    4. We have a veggie garden that we make a little bit bigger every year. As an added bonus, my kids eat more veggies when they grow it themselves!!
    5. Our toilets are low flow and we have instituted a no flush after kids bedtime policy – it at least cuts down a couple flushes each day.
    6. We have a separate trash can in the kitchen for recycling – it has really made a huge difference!! You are so much more likely to think about whether an item can be recycled when you have a bin right there in front of you.
    7. I only plug in kitchen counter appliances when I use them, and then unplug again after.
    I think that making little gradual changes can really add up, and you are more likely to stick with them if you slowly change your habits – it worked for us!!

  43. Jolynn Roodon 24 Apr 2010 at 8:45 pm

    We’ve used less water for watering outside & inside.

  44. Robinon 24 Apr 2010 at 9:27 pm

    We turned our side yard into an organic garden full of veggies, herbs and edible flowers. We love to watch it change each day, and enjoy creating recipes and meals with whatever looks good each day. Right now the carrots are abundant, and the lettuces and herbs make wonderful salads. ‘ can’t wait to plant our heirloom tomatoes this year!

  45. Bradon 24 Apr 2010 at 10:41 pm

    We’ve used less water for watering outside & inside.

  46. Karenon 25 Apr 2010 at 1:07 am

    We turned our side yard into an organic garden full of veggies, herbs and edible flowers. We love to watch it change each day, and enjoy creating recipes and meals with whatever looks good each day. Right now the carrots are abundant, and the lettuces and herbs make wonderful salads. ‘ can’t wait to plant our heirloom tomatoes this year!

  47. treeon 25 Apr 2010 at 9:46 am

    We have a large organic vegetable garden, and organic fruit trees/bushes. We grow as much of our own food as we can, and are constantly working to better preserve it. We raise free-range chickens (for eggs only, we are vegetarian) and goats (for milk eventually), we compost and recycle. We use rechargable batteries. i dislike all things disposable, and chose things that will last. We have rain barrels for garden irrigation, car washing and toliet flushing. We have a low flow well, so we are very conscious of the amount of water we use. We do not shower/bath everyday and have to space out baths, dishwashing and laundry…which really helps to conserve water. We line dry our clothing whenever possible. We work from home and only own one car. We only go to town once a week, sometimes once every two weeks. hee hee. We buy second hand as much as possible (i LOVE thrift stores!!) and always use reusable tote bags!
    We are working on installing a greywater system, and are always expanding our gardens. We do not own cell phones, and our tv only gets one channel (PBS). So we do not have it on very often, which saves a lot of electricity. :) We added sky lights, that help heat our home (passive solar) and provide natural light during the day. We heat would wood, and use only dead fallen trees from our property. We buy locally as much as possible, and support our farmers market for items we do not grow ourselves. We hug trees and are kind to bugs. :) We plant a new fruit tree or bush every Earth day. This year we added another Blueberry. :) i use only safe cleaning products inside my home (vinegar baking soda and water), and we do not use any kind of pesticides or insecticides in our home or around our property. My yard is full of dandelions and that is exactly how i like it. :)

    thanks for the chance, we love cascadian farms!!!!

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com
    .-= tree´s last blog ..Dragonfly’s Hollow Artist Feature =-.

  48. Maryon 02 May 2010 at 1:30 am

    Our family use only reusable bags :)

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