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earth day 2014: rume bags


We’ve now owned our RuMe bags for over six years and they are still as good as new.  They fold up to the size of a cell phone so that they can easily be taken anywhere with you, and hold up to 50 pounds each!  We store them in our cars so that they are always ready for a trip to the grocery store.

To enter, leave a comment on THIS POST and tell me about your eco-friendly goal(s) for the coming year.

The Rules: One entry per person, U.S. residents only.  Commenting will open Tuesday, April 22 at 3:30 am EST and close on Friday, April 25 at 10:00 pm EST.  Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered.  Two winners will be selected at random and contacted via email next week.  Good luck!

Full disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Annie’s Eats.

  • Darlene

    MUCH less waste, less processed food.

  • Amelia Shillingsburg

    I hope to resume composting

  • Amanda Ferraioli

    My eco friendly goal is to use reusable bags instead of getting plastic bags at the grocery store. I think having bags that fold up so small and fit into small spaces will help with this!

  • Mary

    I’ve been using reusable grocery bags for years now — and the wear & tear is starting to show. I need to replace a few! My goal is to switch to reusable produce bags, since I haven’t been able to find those as readily as the shopping bags… Thanks for the giveaways!

  • Cori

    I’d really like to use less paper towels in the house. We are crazy with them.

  • Janet

    We hope to join a CSA and eliminate our paper towel habit. :)

  • Sascha Alexandra

    Convince my dad to stop buying plastic water bottles

  • Gina

    One of my goals is to shop for produce more locally to support the nearby farms and businesses. I’ve also been trying to make more things at home, which is so easy with all the great recipes to choose from on this site!

  • Jennifer Kane

    To eat fresh, local food and get the garden going again!

  • Emily

    I am mostly focusing on trying to waste less; have a bad tendancy to buy fresh foods and then forget about them, so I am going to try to make sure we use what we have before we buy more!

  • Emily

    I’d like to reduce my use of Clorox wipes. They are so easy to reach for, but I really could use a rag!

  • Sara Anderson

    less paper towels! It’s so easy to use WAY more than I need to.

  • Alex

    I’m going to drive less and walk to work more!

  • Lauren LaFayette

    I would like to recycle more. I know that is the most common one, however, my apartment complex doesn’t take care of recycling for us, so it would take a little bit of extra work, but I need to do it.

  • Kirsten

    I’ve been looking for a good brand, those free ones from the grocery store don’t last. Thanks!

  • http://www.thebatchmaker.com/ Cristina Rojas- The Batchmaker

    Im looking into the papertowel exchange as I type this. I am looking for tutorials on pinterest, can you do a post about it too? would love it!

  • Megan N

    Use less paper towels and clorox wipes

  • Katie

    I would like to cut down on food waste and the number of paper towels I use.

  • Brie Torbeck Caron

    I always try to use less plastic bags at the grocery but I have gotten out of the habit. I must try to re-instill this into my life!

  • Lydia B

    We’re going to phase out paper towels. I hate buying and storing them. Having cute cloth would be more fun anyway!

  • Bree H.

    To hang the laundry on the line more often and to start buying our meat and eggs from a local farmer.

  • Kate

    My goal is to put up more of our garden produce for winter months.

  • Kalyn

    We are going to find a way to recycle more – they don’t pick up recycling here so it is difficult!

  • Hannah

    My goal is to have our own vegetable garden. We built three raised beds this fall so we are ready to plant in the near future!

  • Emily

    Use less paper and plastic shopping bags and buy less cleaning supplies!

  • Beth Smith

    I have had clerks put

  • Kelsey

    We’re starting to compost. Yay us!

  • andrea

    My goal is to reduce paper towel usage. I’d like to go through a roll or less a month instead of the current rate of use (which is WAY too much)

  • Melissa @ Kids in the Sink

    I would love to start composting again.

  • Delilah

    I’m also thinking about going to resuable paper towels. Where did you find yours? I’m thinking etsy would be a great place to look. I’ve also wanted to switch to cloth diapers since our son was born and haven’t made the leap. I really want to do it at least part time when we are at home.

  • Michelle McGuire

    Continue to do everything we do and start to get the kids more involved so they can continue saving our Earth.

  • Leigh

    I would like to start growing my own herbs.

  • Brittany

    bring reusable grocery bags to grocery store. I fell off that wagon when I had my second child.

  • Em Rohrer

    My family started recycling this year and I’ve been using reusable grocery bags too, next up is replacing our paper towels with reusable cloths!

  • Megan

    We would like to reduce our paper products usage!

  • Carly Dreibelbis

    Taking the time to compost things outside my usual kitchen and yard scraps. More paper products etc.

  • Caroline

    I want to try and buy more local produce and use fewer paper towels and napkins!

  • Liz N.

    This year, we will be planting a small vegetable garden and using more essential oils, vinegar and simple ingredients in our household cleaning products instead of the chemicals available over the counter. And, yes, I might actually try canning this year! It’s been on my bucket list for years and I just need to do it!

  • Jo

    To visit the Farmer’s Market for produce more often.

  • G B

    shorter showers!

  • Angie

    I love my rume bags, that I learned about from you! But 3 isn’t cutting it anymore! This year I really do plan to visit the farmers market more. Not only for the environmental benefits, but because it’s something fun and OUTSIDE to do with my toddler, and I’d love to get him excited about markets and a greener way of living.

  • Jill

    Packing my lunch more often, and being more of a stickler about reusable grocery bags.

  • Kara

    I would love to start using reusable bags each and every time I go to the farmers’ market. I also am a teacher-so I am working to use more eco-friendly supplies in my classroom.

  • Acey

    Reusable bags and lunch stuff is my goal! We just got a great set of sandwich and snack bins from IKEA…no more sandwich baggies and plastic wrap!!

  • Katie

    We’re planting a vegetable garden in our new house and expanding our composting

  • Melisa

    We’re going to try to remember our reusable bags EVERY time we go to the store, as well as buying locally more often.

  • Stephanie McCarrell

    We have a lot of things we’ll continue doing, but hopefully this year we will do more farmer’s market shopping and keep our own garden alive and producing!

  • Rachel Taylor

    Make more things from scratch! Things like yogurt and dressing!

  • Amy Cheben

    I would love for us to use less paper towels and actually buy produce/meat at the farmers market instead of just walking around looking at everything.

  • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/ Urban Wife

    This year, my goal is to continue eliminating over-the-counter cleaning products. Although we only use Seventh Generation stuff, it’s a lot cheaper to use white vinegar/baking soda/etc. to get stuff cleaned.

  • Amanda Brewer

    This is our first year planting our own garden. I’m also going to can produce for the first time.

  • Alyssa D

    Bike more to places around town and visit the farmers market every week!

  • Sarah Nowland

    I want to start using cloth napkins instead of disposable and can a lot of foods at the end of the summer!

  • Katie

    I want to start canning tomatoes, because I want to start making my own marinara sauce. We use canned tomatoes all the time and I want to stop throwing away so many cans.

  • Rachel

    I want to start cleaning my house with more natural products. We do some, but we aren’t always consistent about scented items. I want to cut our air pollution.

  • Samara Touchton

    We’re making May our first month to try no eating out, no coffee out, no anything out in order to save money and become more eco-friendly!

  • mbcd

    I want to try and use less packaging for my groceries!

  • Judy E

    Using cloths for cleaning instead of paper towels

  • Ali

    :D

  • rita

    If things work out, I would like to join a CSA or at least work on getting most of my produce from a farmer’s market.

  • savannah sipperly

    using reusable bags when necessary, buying fewer water bottles/sodas!

  • Karen

    I would like to learn how to can tomatoes from the garden

  • Jill E

    We are going to try canning more things at home and are starting our first garden!

  • Sarah Bell

    To get more fruits and veggies from farm stands.

  • Melinda Z.

    I’m in the process of trying to buy my first home. First two orders of business if we get it are starting a garden and composting our food scraps.

  • Claire

    I would love for our family to use less paper towels and paper napkins.

  • Heather R

    Freecycle more!

  • Jackie

    I’m going to buy reusable napkins for my family. I also use napkins each day for my daycare children…so I’m trying to figure out what to do for that. It would be a lot more laundry each week…but it’s just so much waste!

  • Kaitlin

    I really want to start visiting the farmers market more. We have a great one where I live, and it is so cheap and wonderful… it’s just hard to branch out.

  • Katie Wendel

    Our goal is to buy more local produce!

  • Stacey

    I want to start composting our produce waste!

  • Blair Adams

    This year I’m planting my very first garden to grow my own produce!

  • Ashley Tuerffs

    This year I want to expand my garden beyond tomatoes and visit the farmers market regularly.

  • Jayne B

    Use less paper towels!

  • Kari M

    I’m pretty good about limiting my paper towel usage but this is the year to work on getting the rest of my family on board.

  • Elizabeth

    My eco-goals for this coming year are to search for and commit to shopping at a local farmer’s market. Also, to carry the produce back I would love to switch over to the reusable bags. We as a family are in the works of creating our backyard garden, and cannot wait to reap the benefits!

  • casey dunne

    I like the idea of getting rid of paper towels and paper napkins. My mom always used REAL cloth napkins at meals, and I should keep the tradition alive!

  • Tessa

    Remember to bring reusable grocery bags on my grocery trips and we have just planted our first garden.

  • cookie_o_clock

    I’d like to consistently use reusable grocery bags. That means getting a couple more so I always have some on hand!

  • bsivasai

    I would love to use less paper towels and visit the farmer’s market more often.

  • Julie Wilson

    Start a garden and compost!

  • Kori

    This year plan to compost way more, use more homemade earth friendly cleansers, and just using less plastic in general.

  • Kathleen Robinson

    These could actually make grocery shopping fun!

  • Michelle Curtin

    This year I would like to cut back on our paper towel use!

  • Ashley M.

    This year I would like to start a compost pile and really reduce how much I’m sending to the landfill.

  • Angela S.

    I would to begin growing more of our own food and shop more at farmers markets.

  • Amber Patty

    These are great! My goal is to use less paper towels! :)

  • Kristen

    I would love to start a garden of my own and grow some fresh veggies! Also, I want to try out cloth diapers and reduce the waste of all those disposable ones!

  • Diane

    I would like to try planting a fall garden and go to the farmer’s market more frequently.

  • Sarah Taylor

    Definitely to be better using my reusable bags. I was doing great and then slacked off in the last few months.

  • Jean

    Love the colors and patterns on these bags! I’d like to buy more local produce.

  • Stephanie L

    use my reusable shopping bags more often

  • Amy

    We started two compost bins this year and our garden continues to grow a little each year. So much fun to grow and eat our own produce!

  • Peggy May

    to use the bags I already have–in my car. I remember when I get in the check out line. Sometimes I will get out of line and go get them and sometimes not.Then I recycle the plastic bags.

  • Trulie Cottman

    I was just thinking about this this morning. I have some reusable grocery bags, but always forget them, and don’t have enough. I made a goal earlier this morning to get some more and to remember them. Winning this would help me!

  • Katie Bias

    There is so much I could do to be more eco-friendly. One goal my husband and I have is to start our own garden and grow a decent portion of our summer produce at home!

  • Chatelaine

    I LOVE those RuMe bags. After you posted them a while back I got 3 and use them ALL the time. I get complimented on them quite often too. Goals for this year is to conquer urban composting, some how some way!

  • Erin M

    I want to drink less bottled water! And use reusable grocery bags rather than the plastic bags from the store.

  • Eileen Beamis

    Hoping to decrease paper towel usage

  • Linda Drury Freeman

    I need to cut down on my paper towel usage. I pretty good about most other things, but I use way too many paper towels. That, and I need to be better about remembering to use my reusable bags!

  • Casey

    I plan to use reusable bags more often!

  • Leslie Farrar

    I would like to use less paper products.

  • Kim

    Our goals are to cut down on paper towel usage, and try to grow some of our own produce.

  • Angela

    I am one of those people who forget there reusable bags because I usually stop by the grocery store next door if Im out walking. I need be more mindful about planning to bring my reusables! Another goal: less paper towel and ziploc bag waste this year.

  • Julie Fritz

    My goal is to make sure my reusable bags get returned to my car after every use! I never have them when I need them!

  • Leanne M

    I want to use fewer paper towels in public restrooms – even at work, I always pull two when I know one will do!

  • Erica McGregor Levy

    To cut back on disposable items, paper towels, plastic etc.

  • Cara

    My goals are to be more consistent with the eco-friendly actions we already do but slack on: a) not let most of my garden die during the scorching summer months, b) continue composting during the freezing winter months, and c) remember to bring my grocery bags back to the car so I have them when I go shopping.

  • Julie

    Our garden has gotten bigger. Hoping to can our food.

  • Monica

    Last year I helped a friend grow his garden, and this year I plan of adding to and utilizing that garden even more than I did last year. I also plan to start baking all of my sliced breads at home to reduce plastic.

  • Ashley

    To actually remember to take my reusable bags to the store. I have a ton, but am not good at keeping them in my car!

  • AmyRohrer

    One of my goals for this year is to begin composting. I’ve had a garden for several years & I do more canning & freezing each year. It just makes sense to compost instead of just adding those things into the trash, but I’ve just never done it yet.

  • http://www.theimprovkitchen.com Morgan Weiner

    i use green bags but they’re slowly breaking and definitely take up more space than these! i’d love to try these ones!

    like you, i’m always trying to do extra little things to be green. this year i decided to start making my own cleaning products that are more environmentally friendly AND i don’t have to throw away when i’m done with the bottle, i just keep making more and re-filling.

  • Kristin

    I will be visiting the local farm market a lot more this year. Also, I made a garden for the first time last summer and plan to do it again this summer.

  • Sara S

    I would like to cut back on paper towels. It’s one thing that I really notice that me and my 3 other roommates tend to blow through.

  • Letty Hardi

    We are going to keep composting and growing veggies and maybe add another rain barrel.

  • Laura H

    I am going to try and can fruits and vegetables this summer.

  • Emily P.

    This year I would like to fully commit to using reusable bags. It’s too easy to “forget” them or simply decide to use plastic instead. No more excuses!

  • Coleen L.

    This is our first spring/summer in our house so I have already planted a vegetable garden which I would like to keep going year round. We have planted a bunch of trees/bushes that are fruit bearing so I hope to be buying less at the store.

  • http://waiting4patience.blogspot.com/ Katie Herzing

    I am trying to by more from the Farmer’s Market and make more whole food meals! Any ‘garbage’ is first being checked for recycling!

  • Esther

    Start composting!

  • Shae Tilson

    Plant a bigger garden, shop at farmers markets more!

  • Katie

    I’m going to work really hard to use more rags and kitchen towels and far fewer paper towels and napkins.

  • RSweis

    Going to work on cutting the paper towel use.

  • Lynsey

    I’m going to switch to cloth napkins and use fewer paper towels.

  • http://www.amacaday.com Megan Jenkins

    I want to try making my own reusable toilet paper (which may just be going too far). My husband and I already make our own shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, lip balm, lotion, face wash, and dish soap. I want to stop shopping from the grocery store except for the perimeter.

  • Molly

    Well, my husband just put in raised vegetable beds for us, so we can grow even more vegis than we did last year. I cannot seem to get the hang of homemade yogurt, but I’ll keep trying so we’ll be eating a healthier yogurt and using less containers. I’ll probably be hanging our clothes up to dry during the summer as well. Also, I’m going to continue making our bread at home – much healthier than the store-bought version and more affordable.

  • Jennie

    Wow, those look great! I’d love to be better at remembering to use reusable bags.

  • Jessica Toddy

    My goal is to use less paper towels.

  • Morgan

    Less paper towels!

  • Jess

    We’re planning on joining a CSA this spring/summer to support local farms!

  • Sue

    Our city is banning plastic grocery bags so I am definitely going to be carrying grocery bags such as these all the time. We’re also in a drought here in California and my husband and I are on a well, so we’ll be conserving water whenever we can.

  • Ami Frost

    Oooh, I’m kind of addicted to paper towels. But I will do my best to reduce my use!

  • Christine

    So far this year, our household has been eating almost every meal at home. We are making and baking everything we can from scratch to avoid wasteful packaging and so we know exactly what ingredients are going into our bodies!

  • Clare Lillian

    These would be perfect to just stash in my purse.

  • Luciana

    I want to instill in my children more eco-friendly habits – continue teaching about waste of water, recycling materials at home, and involving them in caring for our garden this spring/summer.

  • Kristin

    I want to can more and we are expanding our garden (so to make that successful!)!

  • Katie Twist

    I’m hoping to use more cloth napkins

  • Xuan

    Definitely to use less napkins and paper towels and to try to plant more of my own produce.

  • Lisa Gelber

    My goal is to use less paper towels and napkins. It feels so wasteful!

  • JJ GG

    This year I want to go to the farmer’s market more often and I want to grow a more extensive garden. Last year I had a very small garden and I hope to grow more plants this year.

  • Jamie Noble

    Im trying to grow a veggie garden for the first time this year!

  • Angela

    Go out to coffee less. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  • Sandie Custer

    Use my reusable bags!

  • Tarah

    Waste less food (particularly produce)

  • Stephanie

    I am really going to strive to cut down on snack foods that could easily be made at home. I’m generally healthy, though I still get granola bars, etc. Those could be made at home to cut down on packaging and processing.

  • Meghan Curtis

    I love your idea for reusable paper towels, definitely looking into that. Working on planting my own garden this year too.

  • Julie

    My goal is to eliminate buying water bottles.

  • Margaret Morgan Carlisle

    I plan on canning this summer, especially items from the farmer’s market.

  • Maegan

    I am joining a local CSA to get fresh produce and support local farmers!

  • Alli

    Win (or purchase) these bags and actually use them!

  • Kristi Kay Ellsworth

    I am going to plant a garden and learn to can! I didn’t know there were reusable paper towels…unless they are just thin towels? Is there a link for those…because that could be another goal! :-)

  • Amelia

    I have not seen these bags yet. Or maybe it’s because I have too many reusable bags in general? Either way, they are super cute!! One of my goals for this year is to reduce our paper towel consumption. We already use cloth napkins and hand rags for spills. I just need to get better at not grabbing a paper towel when I’m too lazy to fish a cloth towel from the drawer.
    I would also like to rely on less packaging from the store. Whether it be to purchase items in bulk or to visit the farmers market more often, I want less stuff to throw away.

  • Kelly

    My bags are all falling apart, so this would be great! My goal is to stop using paper towels and buy some reusable cloth ones.

  • Laura Smith

    Reduce our electricity usage in our home

  • Jenn

    To actually use the reusable paper towels I bought last year from your links!

  • Dakota Campbell

    These are so handy! My goal is to use more glass containers and less plastic!

  • tara

    I think I’d like to look into reusable napkins. I’ve always wondered if I’m wasting water by washing them and feel like I need a ton of them since I use so many napkins. I think I need to read up on it more

  • Crystal Daniel Kohler

    Set up a composting bin today!

  • Lisa C

    Compost more and eat more local produce

  • Jess @ Floptimism

    I just moved to a new state so my biggest goal is to find some local food sources in my new neighborhood — it’s tough finding new places to shop!

  • annieseats

    I think not really, since they likely just fit in to the existing loads of laundry you are already doing. We aren’t doing any more laundry than we were before, but we use far less disposable towels and napkins.

  • annieseats

    I put my stack of unpaper towels directly in front of the regular paper towels. That has helped a lot :)

  • Jojo

    Last year year, I reduced my trash down to one paper sack full per week and started using reusable grocery sacks.
    This year, I’m going to find earth friendly doggie bags to take on walks.

  • Theresa

    My goal is to use more re-usable bags and utensils, so we throw less away!

  • Brantley Swymer

    My goal is to begin growing some of our own food!

  • Diana

    I think my first is reusable produce bags. That’s fairly easy. Harder is trying to preserve more of our own produce, especially tomato products since those are most of the cans we buy.

  • Anne Blackwell

    This year I’m trying to remember my reusable bags more often. I need to keep some in the car so I always have them. As a family we’re trying out a new CSA this year, and we planted some fruit trees in our yard so hopefully we’ll have our own mini-orchard soon!

  • Kristy Mintner Melby

    Last year was the first year I canned diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. This year I plan on doubling the number of tomatoes I can and trying pears.

  • Laura Bunce

    I would love to buy more local produce!

  • alex

    I’m going to try to support more local businesses whenever I do my food shopping and going out to eat. I’m moving to a new city that is supposed to have a lot of year round markets, so this should help

  • Jenny E.

    My goal is to try and grow more of my own food.

  • AttemptingNormal

    Recycle

  • Cindi

    Using these bags for one! Also, more food from Farmers Markets.

  • Jen P

    Stop forgetting to bring my reusable bags back to the car after shopping, drastically reduce paper product usage, and buy produce from local markets only.

  • Sue Ahmadi

    My eco-friendly goal for this year is to expand my veggie/herb garden and try using reusable napkins!

  • theresa krier

    we have switched half of our cfl’s to led’s, recycling a lot more & composting more. we grow most of our veggies and freeze them

  • Jessica Bell

    To consistently use reusable grocery bags and produce bags, and to use reusable paper towels.

  • Melissa Vasquez

    Environmentally friendly feminine hygiene products.

  • Susan

    I am new to the US and living in Atlanta means I have plenty of sunshine and good weather through most of the year… I live in an apartment but I plan to grow herbs in little pots outside.. Already bought the herbs and a tomato plant! :)

  • Emily Kathryn Henry

    Attend more farmers markets with some new eco bags!

  • Angie Buergler Teed

    My goal is to use more cloth diapers instead of disposable .

  • Lukatia

    I’ve converted to using reusable bags whenver I shop, but now I aim to convert my husband!

  • Tara Gillaspie

    I am working on starting a garden and learning to can. Also, once it warms up a bit I want to put more of my laundry outside to dry thus using less gas with the dryer.

  • Jackie

    Using less water for showers.

  • Kellie

    Make more items at home.

  • Irene

    Xeriscaping!

  • Sarah El Guerrab

    I want to stop using paper towels! Another silly one, but important to me. Remember to move the clothing from the washer to dryer before I have to rewash them!

  • christine

    I love a pretty green lifestyle but there’s always room for improvement! His year I plan to join a CSA! I need to find one with smaller portions so unused veggies won’t go to waste.

  • Rosanna

    We just switched to wind energy for our power, so we’re super excited about that. I also plan to use more reusable bags.

  • Rachel Tilly

    Use more bags like these!

  • Maria C.

    My biggest goal is to start a garden. It’s a bit intimidating because although the climate is nice where I live, it can at times get a bit extreme (too hot or cold). Still, I’m not gonna let that stop me. Thanks Annie for the inspiration!

  • Kaitlin

    no more bottled water. I didn’t buy bottled water for years and have fallen off the wagon majorly in the last few months!

  • Betty

    I’m going to start a garden!

  • Linzthephotog

    My goal is to remember my reusable bags when I go grocery shopping.

  • Ashley

    I need to get back to cooking more at home! I’m starting a photography business and life has been a bit crazy, so we’ve been eating out way to much. But I love to cook and shop for food, so I’m setting it as a priority this summer! love these bags and that’s awesome they fold up so small!! Thanks annie!!

  • Kristine

    Eat more local produce from my local farmers markets and use more eco-friendly products.

  • Amber Halopka

    Growing a garden and finally trying my hand at canning. Looking forward to homemade salsa and jam year round!

  • evabakes

    I’d love to plant some veggies in some planters – our HOA won’t allow in-ground gardens.

  • Courtney

    I would like to remember my reusable bags! I have them, but I’ve been forgetting lately.

  • Kelly

    Got the peas in the garden and waiting for warm weather to plant the rest. Making my own cleaners, and perfecting the yogurt recipe. I’m one for four on successful attempts so far!

  • annieseats

    Are you kidding me? I can’t believe they don’t allow that. Ridiculous!

  • Julie

    My kids and I planted a very small container veggie garden. We are all very excited watching our beautiful little plants grow and look forward to eating the veggies!!

  • Jaime Szajna

    It’s amazing how great a good reusable bag can be. Aside from the environmental impact, it actually makes bringing in the groceries WAY easier.

  • hrh

    I plant to start composting waste in my apartment.

  • http://www.hearthandhomefront.blogspot.com/ Moira @ Hearth and Homefront

    We already cut out a lot of our paper towel use for cleaning but we still use them a lot as napkins. We have reusable napkins but save them for “special occasions” which is ridiculous! Time to focus on keeping them out at every meal!

  • Allyson

    We have planted a garden, in the process of making reusable napkins, and recycling everything we can!

  • Rachel Anna

    I’d really like to cut down on our paper towel usage, remember to bring reusable bags, and try to make some homemade cleaners.

  • Amy Stratton

    We’ve just bought our first home, so we’re planting fruit trees & blueberry bushes, and we hope to have a small raised bed garden!

  • Jacqui

    I’ve actually been wanting to use reusable bags more often. I currently don’t own any and always forget to purchase them.

  • Angie J.

    My main goal is to use less water at home (especially when it
    comes to showering). Also, I am going to make sure to turn off lights, tv, etc. when not in use.

  • Joni Woods

    I plan to build my first raised bed garden this year!

  • Emily C

    I just starting canning last year, and I’d love to do more preservation this produce season! Love these bags!

  • Renee

    Cutting down on our use of paper towels! Also to start growing some of our own produce.

  • Dana

    I’d like to get in a better habit of taking my reusable grocery bags with me to the store, and I’d also like to recycle more!

  • Mandy Appel

    My goal is to use ZERO plastic bags. Oops, I used them this morning. Starting… now!

  • kerihemrick@yahoo.com

    To use the reusable grocery bags in my trunk on a weekly basis!!

  • Toby Trachy

    I’ve got a great herb garden started on my apartment porch. Already in love with it!

  • kerihemrick@yahoo.com

    use those reusable grocery bags in my trunk!!

  • sarah corey

    This is my first time, but I rented a garden plot, started seeds indoor (fingers crossed!) and I’ve been reading up on canning! I would love to have tomatoes from the garden year round;-)

  • Katie Mathis

    My eco friendly goals are to remember my reuseable bags and also make the switch to cloth napkins.

  • Jody Johnson

    I want to use less paper towels and napkins.

  • Ruchita

    My goals are to use less paper products (plates, paper towels, etc) and to reduce the amount of food waste in my kitchen.

  • http://blushingdaisy.wordpress.com Tina

    -My boyfriend and I already started recycling more often.
    -We don’t drink juice or soda at all anymore.
    -Bought reusable water bottles! (I did a blog post about drinking water!)
    -Bought lunch pales instead of recycling plastic bags
    -I own one reusable grocery bag so far!
    -Farmer’s Market advocates!
    -I do re use the plastic grocery bags we have in any way possible.
    -Focusing more on conserving electricity and water (we have a dry spell).
    -Planning on donating a bunch of older clothing soon.
    -Once we finish school and move into our own place, I plan on starting a fruit and vegetable garden!

  • Melissa

    I want to find a way to use less paper at work

  • blueangel729

    I want to use less plastic disposable bags and use more storage containers for fruits and snacks in my lunch.

  • Shauna L.

    I want to grow some of our own food. If I can manage grape tomatoes, I’ll save one of those little plastic containers each week!

  • Sarah M.

    I plan to make the switch to cloth napkins and to stop using paper towels.

  • Wendi

    Continue to focus on buying local. After reading about your goal from last year and thinking about how many paper towels we use…it is time for a change. :)

  • Stephanie

    I want to expand our garden!

  • Anne

    I’m trying a vegetable garden for the first time ever! So far, I’ve had some lettuce and broccoli success…and my beets should almost be done. And I just planted summer crops so I’m excited to see how everything turns out!

  • Elyse

    Goals for the year: use less ziploc bags for lunches, and can more.

  • Christina McCullough

    I’ve never had a garden so this year I’d like to start small and grow my own herbs. Additionally I’d like to buy more of my produce from a farmer’s market this year.

  • http://www.discoveringmykismet.com/ Corinne

    We’ve worked on making our garden more user-friendly and built and installed some trellises and we mapped out what we are planting and where. We’re hoping for a bountiful harvest!

  • Carrie M.

    Go to the local markets more!

  • Linda

    So far I use reusable grocery bags, recycle cans, plastic, glass and paper. I think I’d like to start a collection of cloth napkins. It would make each meal more special. They wouldn’t have to match since my dishes are “neutral”.

  • Tania Tilp

    Recycle everything I can, even if I can’t do it curbside.

  • Quinn Pletcher

    I have seen more and more discussion lately about the reusable replacements for paper towels so we are looking into those!

  • michelle

    So cute! these bags! Compost more, grow more at home, buy less in plastic and boxed packaging. Make more at home and buy less packaged foods!

  • Ping Teresa Yeh

    Walking to the grocery store instead of driving! Better exercise that way, too.

  • Julie Schwabe

    I want to recycle even more than I already do, and I love the idea of using cloth paper towels (we do go through a lot of paper towels here). I also want to be better about unplugging things that don’t need to be plugged in all the time (putting them on power strips would probably help as I can turn everything off at once).

  • Ally

    Hi Annie! My goal is to remember to put my reusable bags back into my car after unpacking my groceries!! gosh, it’s such a small thing!

  • medstudent2012

    to continue to recycle and to avoid using as many zip lock bags and use more plastic containers

  • kelly kay

    I need to start composting my food. We have the service in Seattle but, I don’t use it.

  • http://www.quickanddirtykitchen.com/ QDK Cook

    Continue to cut down on paper products by using fabric.

  • Ash

    I’m going to start gardening with my toddler. Can’t wait to share the experience with him!

  • nmtowell

    I really want to cut down on my packaging waste this year. There are so many things I could make myself & save a tree in the process.

  • Stephanie Coleman

    I am attempting to grow (and not neglect) a vegetable garden this year. I had one last year but due to a number of factors the yield was low!

  • Whitneyde21

    My eco friendly goal this year is to cut back on the amount of plastic water bottles I go through and remember my reusable bags when I go to the grocery store!

  • Kristina

    These look fantastic, super cute! My goal this year is to go to the farmer’s market more. It’s always a zoo there and I haven’t gone as much as I should in the past because of that but this year I’m going to make myself!

  • http://pantrydreams.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth

    I’m hoping to grow more of our own produce.

  • Sonia Hargrove

    Wow these are nice enough to use for any kind of shopping, not just groceries! I always keep my reusable bags in all our vehicles, but mine are not nearly as nice as these!

  • Sonia Hargrove

    My goal this year is to use all of my vegetable peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds, grass clippings and leaves in a compost bin to make fresh compost for my vegetable garden!

  • Breanna Davey

    I would love to have some of these bags for the 3 flights up stairs up to our apartment! My 4th grade class and I are collecting paper and plastic recycling for our entire school and planting a field of tulips at the beginning of May in front of our school! Happy Earth Day!

  • Maria

    I need to remember my reusable bags. I only have two but always forget them!

  • Astrid

    I think my goal for the upcoming year will be to remember to bring my reusable bags in to the grocery store (how often they’re left at home!) and possibly look into re-usable napkins and paper towels.

  • ToastButterSprinkles

    Finally going to start making yogurt at home, and also buy less individually packed nuts and trail mixes…

  • Lisa T.

    We already recycle everything we possibly can – even tiny scraps of paper and cardboard – and also use reusable lunch bags, shopping bags, sandwich bags, napkins and towels. I’d really like to create a much larger garden this year – my garden is way too small to house all of the things I would like to plant, so I’d really like to expand, save money, and create healthier dishes at home that I grew myself!

  • Heather

    My goal for this year is to get my inlaws to start recycling!!! I have such a hard time visiting and seeing everything going into the trash…I always take a big batch out of their house when we leave…ugh! I really don’t understand it! For our home, we are trying to use environmental friendly cleaning agents instead of harsh chemicals and decrease our use of disposables…paper plates, plastic utensils, ziploc bags, etc! =)

  • Anne J

    I’m hoping to have a more extensive garden and shop at the farmer’s market this summer.

  • Jami

    50 lbs?? Holy Cow! This year I hope to use less paper towels and paper napkins.

  • Emilie L

    My goals this year are to join a local CSA for our produce and also to recycle everything possible. We already recycle, but not always the really sticky containers like peanut butter…

  • Barbara Benson

    I’d like to continue to cut down on paper towels and napkins and try to buy local produce more often.

  • Stacey T

    Thanks for your giveaways Annie! My goals are to use less paper towels (I have the reusable ones, just need to use them more and get out of the habit of grabbing paper for quick things) as well as the reusable produce bags (again have them but often forget to bring to store).