September 01, 2013

September Giveaway!

Hi friends, happy September! I have some exciting giveaway news for you today. First, the 3 lucky winners for my August giveaway are Phyllis Morris, Karen Goodwin Delaney, and Robyn Deal. You are each receiving 5 bags of GMO-free, sprouted corn chips in 5 yummy flavours. Enjoy!! Please send me a little note with your mailing address here so these can get shipped off to you.

Now for my September giveaway. I'm really excited about this one because I'm always trying to find more environmentally-friendly ways to cook and store food so I do my best to avoid things like plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and single-use plastic bags. I recently found a lovely product that helps me do just that. It's called Bee's Wrap and it's made of organic cotton covered in beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. 


The result is a wonderful malleable wrap that you can use to wrap sandwiches, or cover bowls, and pretty much wrap or cover any food item in your kitchen. The antibacterial properties of the beeswax and jojoba oil help to keep food fresh, and allow you to use the Bee's Wrap again and again. You simply wash your Bee's Wrap in cool water with a mild dish soap, air dry, fold, and store in a drawer or in a basket on the counter. So simple yet so clever! 


I've loving my bee's wrap and was so thrilled to discover it that I wanted to share it with you so I contacted Sarah, the creator of Bee's Wraps. She graciously agreed to give away a set of 3 large wraps to a Kitchen Vignettes reader for my September giveaway. Thank you Sarah!! 

To be entered in the giveaway, simply leave me a comment below sharing one step you have taken to be more environmentally-friendly in your kitchen (include your email address). The giveaway is open to residents of any country, and will be shipped to you by Bee's Wrap, wherever in the world you may be. Hurrah! And good luck!




65 comments:

  1. No tinfoil! I also use glass containers and not Tupperware. Mason jars are so cheap an portable!

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  2. diy my cleaning products with safe and simple ingredients. No paper products in the kitchen~ cloth napkins and clean, old cut up t shirts in place of paper towels for quick clean ups.


    Missy
    mann0110@bellsouth.net
    (was unable to use the comment id :( )

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  3. We recycle all paper, plastic and metal waste from the kitchen, and compost all scraps (no meat of course).
    Thanks for your giveaway!

    reading1051 at yahoo dot com

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  4. The Bee's Wrap would be ideal in my "green household"....I am now making dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, cleaning products and Faire Ivy Soap (rendering the heritage pigs fatback for lard as a beneficial oil in soap making and PERFECT PIECRUSTS)!!!!

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  5. Now I'll try my luck on my Faire Ivy Soap FB page! Grow all my own botanicals and herbs organically for my family nourishment and as beneficial additives to my all natural (no toxins, synthetics or artificial fragrances)soaps and beauty products.

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  6. I want this! Am replacing my plastics with glass, and I won't buy anything, including food/kitchen stuff with ridiculously excessive packaging.

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    1. My email address: myfoxypup(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. We are using glass instead of plastics. I use my ball jars for storage over and over again!

    Thank you,

    Heather P.
    hef117 (at) gmail (dot) com
    SPUNKY REAL DEALS

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  8. I am a maniacal recycler and I use these marvelous reusable bags (lunchskins) not only for lunches but for food storage too.

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

    These bee's wraps I have never heard of; how marvelous.

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  9. I've been replacing my plastic containers with glass and packing my lunch in re-usable containers and fabric bags. We are recycling about as much trash as we throw away. I also use vinegar, baking soda, and borax for cleaning, and have even made my own laundry detergent.

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  10. What an awesome giveaway! I would love to win these. In my kitchen, I have been transitioning away from plastic containers and using more glass, usually in the form of mason jars.

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  11. This is awesome. I would very much like to have a green alternative to plastic and love the idea of beeswax. Less waste is the way to go.

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  12. I compost my kitchen waste, store leftover and food in glass containers.

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  13. ditto to all above...and most of all, reusing glass containers and jars. they make pretty gift jars when a square of beautiful fabric and a twist of reused ribbon is added!

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  14. My honey built a compost system in the yard. We now grow a lot of our own veg, so it's nice to be able to compost any scraps instead of giving them to the municipal yard waste folk. I have a kitchen compost container to collect the them. We also recycle as much as possible.
    dclacy@frontier.com

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  15. I have taken to using tupperware or old glass jars as containers to store all my leftovers. I would really love to try out this product.

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  16. No more paper towels. I keep clean dish towels on hand and a microfiber towel that are easy to wash and reuse no matter how big the mess. Emayogi@gmail.com

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  17. We have stopped buying products that have excess packaging. I buy in bulk as much as possible: pasta, grains, nuts, etc. -- I take my own containers and fill 'em up. My local co-op lets me buy olive oil and other goods and fill my own jars.

    thekellyrobinson@gmail.com

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  18. What inspiring tips! I am happy to see so many plastic-free efforts joining my own! One tip I have is is to see how I can use veggie scraps before they even make it to the compost bin. One way is in soup stock, and the other is to dye fabric.

    leah [at] chunksofenergy.com

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  19. I use mason jars to store nearly everything. Plus, I just invested in some Lunchbots stainless steel containers. I may actually pack my lunch every work day this year, in these versatile containers!

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  20. We stopped using paper products by using wash cloths and bar towels, we use glass jar whenever we can and buy whole food to avoid packaging. This would be perfect for me to ditch the cling wrap to cover my rising bread :)

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  21. We clean with diluted vinegar whenever possible.

    relishments (at) gmail . com

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  22. I am inspired by your approach to life, food and nature. Whenever possible, I avoid using plastic bags when purchasing vegetables and plastic grocery bags.

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  23. I dont use any tinfoil anymore! And also we dont throw away any food :)
    minuhno at gmail.com

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  24. I compost all of my organic food scraps and I use a vinegar and baking soda for most of the cleaning around here(eco-friendly). rockydoo09@gmail.com

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  25. Probably the biggest step we've taken is simply having reusable bags for our grocery shopping. We do a lot of other things at home, but that's one thing we've really committed to doing.

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  26. We did away with paper towels at our house, finally. We had to take a run up at it, but we made some reusable cloth towels that snap together and that's what we have wrapped around our paper towel roll holder these days.

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  27. I make my own dishwasher detergent!
    walindeman at gmail dot com

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  28. I love to save the planet while saving money! My favorite thing to do is to use my homegrown herbs to make teas and poultices that will help healing for a variety of ailments. They always seem to work splendidly...sore throat medicine, cough medicine and mint tea to ease that aching stomach are my favorites.

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  29. Hello, my wife and I started making our own tomato sauces, ketchup, mustard with our own home grown ingredients and avoiding buy all of the "food" from the stores.

    Thanks,

    brandon.bazan@gmail.com

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  30. I make my own dishwasher detergent out of borax, washing soda and citric acid!

    heaventaste @ hotmail dot com

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  31. I like to use Baking Soda and Vinegar for everything: Multipurpose cleaner, Shampoo, Conditioner,Body Wash, Deodorant, Skin Care, Health supplement.
    on an aside, my dad is a long time beekeeper...I wonder if this is a product we could make at home?

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  32. I use and re-use canning jars for food on the road, storing leftovers, and for mis en place in cooking prep. My favorite is to layer good, homemade yogurt with frozen berries and a small drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Great travel snack.

    acircleofquiet@yahoo.com

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  33. Stuck in a tiny little flat in the middle of Zurich, but all veggie scraps go out on the balcony in my little makeshift compost bin --> lots of stinky goo by the spring --> the most incredible fertilizer for my tomatoes and balcony herb garden --> delicious food --> more material for next year's super goo :)

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  34. We use glass rather than plastic, often recycled jars, plates on top of bowls rather than plastic wrap (with the bonus that you can then put something on top of that in your crowded fridge!), compost and save scraps for other uses, such as stale bread ends for breadcrumbs. I've heard of these beeswax wraps before and am curious to try them out! Thanks to you both for the giveaway.

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  35. This stuff sounds like a dream come true! I cringe at excessive packaging and storing food is something I've been struggling with. I only use glass tupperware to store food, but this would sure be handy for items that really only need to be wrapped. My kitchen is definitely a "no waste" kitchen. I try to use everything we get from our local CSA produce bin not only by cooking/eating, but also as natural skin cleansers or other household uses. What a great product!
    Trish
    jellybonesblog@gmail.com

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  36. At the end of parade season (we created a "wings on wheels" ensemble) I had some used nylon and a friend's hot knife, used for searing rather than cutting nylon so that it does not fray. The day before I had to return the hot knife, I decided to sew my daughter a lunch bag. I drew a design, stitched it up and I cannot believe that 2 years later it looks like the first day I made it! I can rinse it out after use and it's dry by the next morning. I love her lunch bag made from used materials and someday would love to make more useful and virtually indestructible solutions.

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  37. What a great idea! Must look it up and order (in case I don't win hee, hee)
    Gabi
    Huntersunlimited @ hotmail . com

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  38. Sometimes ziplock bags are so convenient to keep things from going stale, but I never throw them away after one use (unless it has contained meat). I rinse them out with dish soap and hot water, and put them over a wine bottle or something tall on my counter to dry. One small box of ziplock bags can last a year in our household.

    Having said that, I feel that a lot of what I use ziplock bags for could be replaced with this great beeswax product.

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  39. I try to reuse containers and ziptop bags before recycling them and I am working on being better at meal planning to reduce food waste.

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  40. I use a sponge cloth instead of paper towels. And a regular sponge for spills on the floor.

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  41. ^ us too - we only use dish towels and sponges in the kitchen, no paper towels.

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  42. Just one? okay. One of our "naturalizing" habits: We bought some old lidded pyrex oven/refrigerator dishes (the original from oven to table to frig - repeat) - - and only one dish to wash. They are great for leftovers and microwave reheating too. This cut way way down on plastic containers (and better/safer in the microwave than plastic). tbaker2010@gmail.com

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  43. In addition to composting, recycling, and re-using, I don't WASH all my dishes with soap. Some just need a little rinse, others a little swipe of the dishtowel. We're on well water and I try to conserve it through a little common sense.

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  44. So far, steps include making my own cosmetics, household cleaners, and the like! :) (I've been dying for some bee's wrap!)

    ascensionhouseorganics@gmail.com

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  45. i've been wanting to try out the bee's wrap! i make my own cleaning products, buy in bulk with reusable muslin bags, and save & reuse glass jars for storage!

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  46. I dry all my clothes on the line (I gave up using a dryer 5 yrs ago). I use a reusable cup at coffee houses and for water. I don't use air conditioning in the summer. I buy locally made organic soaps. I buy locally raised organic chicken and pork. Lots more.

    Debbie
    demcafee@dslextreme.com

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  47. I use biodegradable sponges and have completely cut paper towels out of my life. I use tea towels and rags!

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  48. I think I have been recycling and reusing for ions....before the term " green " or " environmentally friendly " was coined ! I strictly did it for financial purposes at that time, making cleaners, glass containers, using towels in place of plastic wrap etc. I just love this, and find it incredibly interesting since my husband is a beekeeper :) Thank you for the offer. barry.vance@insightbb.com

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  49. We use cloth napkins, compost, make most of our own cleaning products and use reusable glass containers for most food storage. I would love to try these wraps! A great giveaway!

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  50. We use cloth napkins, compost, make most of our own cleaning products and use reusable glass containers for most food storage. I would love to try these wraps! A great giveaway!

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  51. I use cloth to replace most paper towel uses, and I reuse the plastic bags I already have.

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  52. Thanks for the giveaway, I love your beeswraps!
    We've done many things to be environmentally friendly in our kitchen and home. We compost, we buy organic, buy things in bulk to reduce packaging, buy in season, we don't buy ziploc bags or other plastic containers. We even bought a hand grinder for our coffee (no electricity). We grow some vegetables in the summer and save the seeds. When we buy meat we save the bones to make our own stock. martinvanpopta@hotmail.com

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  53. We switched to cloth napkins years ago, no paper plates/cups, compost, grow all our veggies and herbs, scraps to the chickens and use all our leftovers-not too hard for a family of 6! We also make our dish detergent and laundry soap, and hang it all outside.

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  54. We recycle, compost, and use cloth napkins. Thanks for the giveaway!
    torreyf at gmail dot com

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  55. composting all the compostable food scraps and doing away with paper napkins [: aim to reduce packaging, and recycle what can be recycled!

    xrain.downx@yahoo.com

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  56. I stopped buying paper plates and palettes of bottled water.
    katie7064@gmail.com

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  57. We've been composting near our fruit tress, feeding kitchen scraps to our chickens, recycling and reusing anything and everything we can. We are organic beekeepers, grow as many vegetables and fruits as we can and have landscaped our front yard with natives and edibles. We'd love to add some beeswraps to our everyday reusable lunches for our kids. sbkathy (@) verizon (dot) net. Thx!

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  58. WOW Since reading the comments I realize I am no way near the environmentaly friendly readers in this post. I though I set a good example to my roommates by recycling and not using plastic bags but this would be an excellent example to share with them and the rest of the world.
    Thanks

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  59. Rita - reveal138@gmail.com

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  60. canaryjo54@gmail.com30 September 2013 at 22:44

    I too am slowly getting rid of all plastics , love my mason jars!

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  61. We compost, use vinegar/ baking soda for cleaning. I refuse to buy my kids the squeezable applesauce because of the excessive packaging and make mine from scratch! So much tastier too! My kids also use the re-usable snack bags. Vegetable peels ie (beets), goes right to our vitamix for smoothies!

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  62. also, my email address ksturgeleski@yahoo.com

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  63. Mostly I do the same things as lots of others, recycle, compost and try really hard not to use plastic. That is why these would be cool. I had never heard of them before.

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