Thursday, August 19, 2010

Marcal (eco-friendly!) Small Steps Perfect for Back to School!

I was talking with several of my friends before school kicked off this week, and we were all amazed by how many paper products were on our back to school shopping lists. From napkins, to tissues, to requests for rolls of paper towels, it seemed as though the kids were being asked to bring in everything except toilet paper!

This week both my kids and Marissa's kids went back to school. It's been a crazy emotional week, as my 4 year old 'baby' went to school for the very first time. On top of that, I'm still recuperating from a double dose of strep throat, and I'm exhausted. I usually take pride in the fact that I have everything off of the back to school shopping lists way before the night before, but not this year! I found myself at my local mass retailer scavenging for three pronged folders. I was ecstatic that I had the paper goods off of the list all ready to go, thanks to our new friends at Marcal. (Well, except for the tissues, because I used a box of them when I was sick.)

 

I've used many different brands of eco-friendly paper products lately, and although I enjoy the idea of using recycled products, I haven't really been 'over-the-top' for the efficiency of the products I've tried. I have a messy family, I need paper towels and napkins that absorb quickly, without using too many of them. So far the only ones that have met our high standards are the Marcal Small Steps paper towels. There are all purpose napkins as well as dinner napkins, tissues and  we really liked the toilet paper.. (This is coming from a self-confessed toilet-paper-priss).

The Small Steps toilet paper is a 2 ply, strong- yet not totally scratchy, septic safe, recycled bath tissue. It's still not as soft as the thick-super plush kinds, but it's not like wiping with sand paper either. It's a giant leap in the development of recycled toilet tissue.

The facial tissues that I tried were a little scratchy, but no more than the normal regular brands without added lotion or aloe. Unfortunately, I usually buy the ones that are extra soft, but I thoroughly appreciated having the box I did when I thought I was dying of strep throat.

I loved the dinner napkins, and the all purpose napkins are great for putting alongside the kids sandwiches in their lunchboxes. I thought I used all of the tissues I was sent when I was sick, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had one more box. I sent that in with our school supplies, along with a roll of paper towels and some napkins, and felt good that I was sending in many recycled products this year.

One thing I didn't realize before receiving this opportunity was that Marcal has been making recycled paper products for 60 years- way before the 'green movement' or 'going green' meant something in our society. The "Small Steps" line of products signifies the small and easy steps toward making a difference in the world that you can make by using these recycled paper products.

Our new friends at Marcal have offered one of our readers the chance to try 3 new Small Steps products for free! (Winner will be mailed three coupons for any Marcal product up to $5.99)

This giveaway is open to residents of the US. This giveaway will end on August 31, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be chosen using Random.org, and all winner information will be posted on our WINNERS PAGE and on this post. Please include a valid email address in your comment. If I cannot find a way to contact you I will not. I do try to email all winners, but due to the volume of giveaways offered on our site, delays can be expected. If you catch your name before I email you, please feel free to contact us first. :) Any unclaimed prizes will be redrawn accordingly and at the discretion of 4BabyAndMom. This product was provided to me at no cost by Marcal to review. As always, what you have read is strictly the opinion of 4BabyAndMom. Your opinions may differ.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER!


Please refer to our WINNERS PAGE for more information on how to claim your prize!


78 comments:

lfhpueblo August 19, 2010  

Green tip change your filters on your furnance every month to make it work more efficiently. Vaccum the coils on the back of your refrigerator to make it run more efficiently too, so less energy is used by both of these appliances.
Turn down the heat on your water heater, or use a timer on it to decrease energy used when it's not needed.

lfhpueblo August 19, 2010  

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I'm a subscriber via email.
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Frugal Tumbleweed Acres August 21, 2010  

I'd like to try the Marcal Bath Tissue.
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Frugal Tumbleweed Acres August 21, 2010  

You can use hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant. Spray and wipe the full strength solution where you need germs "fizzed" away. Vinegar and water makes a wonderful hair conditioner. (Smell goes away when hair is dry.)
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Frugal Tumbleweed Acres August 21, 2010  

I'm an email subscriber to you.
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EmmaPeel August 21, 2010  

To save water around the house you can place a brick in the toilet tank so it uses less water when flushing and re-use your dryer sheets they are usually good for more than 1 use.
I'd like to try Marcal Bath Tissue.

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EmmaPeel August 21, 2010  

I Like Marcal Small Steps on Facebook & left a message that you had sent me.
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Amber August 21, 2010  

My green tip is to shop at the farmer's market near you - the food tastes much better and you're supporting sustainable agriculture!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber August 21, 2010  

I like Marcal Small Steps on Facebook - my FB name is Amanda Moore. And I would love to try the paper towels.
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber August 21, 2010  

I like you on Facebook -my FB name is Amanda Moore
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber August 21, 2010  

I follow you on Twitter - my Twitter ID is @AmberGoo
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber August 21, 2010  

I follow Marcal Small Steps on Twitter - my Twitter ID is @AmberGoo
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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I follow your blog with google friend connect/blogger
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER August 21, 2010  

energy tip- sel around windows and doors and plug up outlets for energy savings tp is what I want to try

Super Frugalette August 22, 2010  

I make my own yogurt, eliminates those plastic cups that are hard to recycle. Also, I really want to try the paper towels. We go through tons of paper towels.topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

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llinda29 August 22, 2010  

I recyle and do't buy unneeded stuff

rubynreba August 23, 2010  

My green tip is to take shorter showers to conserve water! I'd like to try the napkins.
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rubynreba August 23, 2010  

I am a new follower.
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Super Frugalette August 23, 2010  

I would like to try their paper towels to see how absorbent they are. Also, we make our own yogurt to cut down on those prepackaged yogurt containers. topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

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littlelatina August 24, 2010  

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Julie August 24, 2010  

I'd luv to try the paper towel:)

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Cindy August 28, 2010  

I need paper towels alllll the time. I'd like to try those.

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tree August 30, 2010  

i'd most like to try the facial tissues. We use cloth napkins and re-usable kitchen rags and try to avoid most disposable products.

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3 Boys and an Old Lady August 30, 2010  

One of my fave green tips is using table salt as an abrasive cleaner. Makes a great cleanser for stubborn stains like oven gook and excellent toilet scrub.

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tristatecruisers August 30, 2010  

We recycle aluminum--from pop cans to pie pans and yesterday my son was given a gutter to recycle also--we even have the neighbors in on it. :)
I would like to try the paper towels and toilet paper.

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Shawn August 31, 2010  

I try and use natural cleaners as much as possible such as vinegar.

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Lori August 31, 2010  

I would like to try their facial tissue (isn't it hard not to say kleenex?) and I think it's important to make your own cleaners, especially if their are any respiratory illnesses in the family.
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Janna @ Feed Your Pig September 01, 2010  

paper towels!

Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

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