Monthly Archives: August 2011

Prizes!

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We have just announced a number of the phenomenal prizes for Project Green Challenge! If changing the world AND having the chance to win prize packages as amazing (REALLY!) as these doesn’t motivate you into action, I don’t know what will. So just trust me on this one… and sign up for the Challenge!

 

GRAND PRIZE 

•$5,000 College Scholarship (Donor: Natracare)

•$1,000 gift card to Whole Foods Market (Donor: Whole Foods Market)

•$1,000 Bedroom / Dorm Room Eco Transformation (Donor: The Container Store)

•Node Cradle to Cradle Chair and multipurpose Turnstone Crushed Can Table (Donor: Steelcase)

•Eco Style Makeover including eco fashion, shoes and accessories. Personal consultation with lead PGC stylist and fashion curator, Megan Kott (Donors: multiple eco fashion companies)

•Head to Toe Eco Makeover including a full selection of hair, body, skin and cosmetic products, personal make up consultation, application, and lesson! (Donors: Juice Beauty, Burt’s Bees, EO Products, Iredale Cosmetics)

•Additional prizes will be listed during the month of September

 

PRIZE PACKAGES FOR TEN FINALISTS

•Raleigh Bicycle (Donor: Natracare)

•$100 gift card to Whole Foods Market (Donor: Whole Foods Market)

•Year’s worth of organic bars, snacks and breakfast cereal (Donor: Nature’s Path)

•Selection of eco hair, body and face products (Donors: Juice Beauty, Burt’s Bees, EO Products, Iredale Cosmetics)

•Ultimate Kit of Reusables (Donor: The Container Store)

•Year’s worth of 100% post consumer recycled notebooks and paper (Donor: Kejriwal)

•Selection of top-of-the-line home and cleaning products (Donors: Seventh Generation)

•Year’s subscription to Coco Eco, and Natural Health Magazines (Donors: Coco Eco and Natural Health)

•Set of eco DVDs that will inspire you to change the world

•Library of eco lifestyle books including: Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, Easy Green Organic by Anna Getty, Girls Gone Green by Lynn Hirshfield, Not Just A Pretty Face by Stacy Malkan, Green Goes with Everything by Sloan Barnett, The Earthbound Cook by Myra Goodman, and Food Inc. by Participant Films.

 

DAILY PRIZES

Participants will have the chance to receive incredible prizes from our partners EVERY SINGLE DAY of the Challenge. All you have to do is sign up and complete the daily actions. The more you do, the deeper into green you go, the higher your level of engagement and innovation, the better your chances are to be a winner! It really is as simple as that.

Each day, we will announce the prizes, how many are available, and what YOU have to do to win.


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Back to School with Practically Green

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Erin’s latest post for Practically Green…

Back to School or Work: Eco-Friendly Choices

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 

You don’t have to be a little first-grader to get psyched about freshening up your backpack, lunchbox, and writing supplies! It’s a great time of year for to get great deals and see what’s new on the eco-front. We asked Erin Schrode to help us get organized. She knows her green and she knows her stuff!

Back to School in Eco Style

By Erin Schrode

The end of summer is around the corner and school is, once again, upon us. Early morning wake-ups, packing lunches, and after school activities will all soon become routine, but first… back-to-school shopping. In the US alone, families spend an average of up to $800 on these school supplies. That is a lot of money and a lot of products, yet it need not produce excessive waste. This is the perfect time to incorporate eco into your daily life and become a conscious consumer. It is super simple for parents, teachers, kids, and all the rest of us that love school and office supply shopping (and sales!) can start turning green this back-to-school season!

First things first: let’s talk classroom essentials like pencils, pens, paper.

When purchasing eco-friendly back-to-school basics, it’s critical to look for items made from recycled content. Many pencils and pens are refillable and made using post-consumer waste, as are some rulers and scissors. This reduces resource consumption and the need to manufacture using our limited natural resources.

If buying new, choose FSC-certified pencils to ensure that wood is sustainably harvested. A far better choice! I am a fan of New Leaf notebooks and paper, ReBinder folders and binders, Ecojot notebooks,PaperMate ReThinkpens, and EarthWrite pencilsZebra Pen EcoForest Choice pencilsPilot BeGreenBIC Ecolutions, Kleanearth Scissors, and 3M eco-friendly tape and recycled Post-Its, to name but a few of the many eco brands on the market today.

LOVE the orange EcoJot notebook!!

But what do you put all of these materials in? An eco backpack or tote bag, of course. My top picks are made from either recycled fabrics or organic cotton – and are not only stylish, but also durable, spacious, and multi-purposed, like this recycled Baggu pack (my first choice: red!), any number of these environmentally friendly, artisan-made, and fair labor FEED bags, or solar-powered energy-producing Voltaic backpack.

Backpack from Baggu

Author Note:

Erin Schrode is at NYU majoring majoring in Cross-Cultural Diplomacy and Communications. Right now she’s packing her eco-bags for a semester in Madrid. Erin is the co-founder of Teens Turning Green. “a student led movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities.” TTG hosts a 30-day lifestyle challenge this October. Find out more here.

We were wowed by Erin’s presentation at Sustainable Brands Conference in June, and we think you’ll enjoy watching her describe how her parents raised her green, and how to engage millennials:http://erinschrode.com/Videos.html

Follow Erin on Twitter: @erinschrode. And get involved with Teens Turning Green here.

GretaGuide

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Look who’s talking about Project Green Challenge! Greta Guide!

Join Project Green Challenge’s upcoming 30-day eco lifestyle Challenge in mobilizing high school and college students nationwide through fun, simple, and high impact daily steps. We challenge you to complete themed actions each day in October. Can you do it? Can you take your life from conventional to conscious? 

Sign up to take the 30-day eco lifestyle Challenge and they’ll deliver the daily challenges directly to your inbox, complete with resources, tips, a glossary, experts, videos, and more. I’ll be contributing to the Challenge, by providing a daily challenge that relates to sustainable fashion and beauty, so keep you eyes out for that and help us create a more conscious world through this fantastic challenge!

30 Looks in 30 Days Photoshoot

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Get ready for “30 Looks in 30 Days” component of Project Green Challenge! Here are a few informal behind the scenes shots from today’s photoshoot. Megan Kott styled Erin for all of the eco looks, complete with a full hair and makeup team! Details coming in October…

Behind the Scenes of PGC Videoshoot

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From Erin‘s blog

A sneak peek at our Project Green Challenge video shoot this week… with the group of girls, working on script development, and in the “director’s chair” for a couple of minutes! We will have some terrific content coming soon around the “conventional to concept” theme to inspire young people to take action! Stay tuned for videos soon… and also a piece I shot for Pesticide Watch regarding “Safe Strawberries.”

 

All About PGC

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Project Green Challenge is a powerful, diverse, and far-reaching movement inspiring young people to take action and protect our planet.

This October, Teens Turning Green is energizing high school and college students across the country to participate in Project Green Challenge, a 30-day green lifestyle initiative. The Challenge will raise awareness about conscious living, informed consumption and the collective impact of each of our actions.

With the guidance of eco experts, industry leaders and the PGC Guide to Living Green, participants will discover how fun, easy and effective eco living can be.

How it Works

Throughout October a daily green challenge will be outlined on ProjectGreenChallenge.com and in an email delivered to each participant who has signed up . Each challenge will be supported with resources, tips, facts and a green glossary.

Over the course of the 30-day Challenge, participants will share their responses to challenge tasks on ProjectGreenChallenge.com utilizing Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Get Your Green Diploma

Contestants who complete the 30-day Challenge can apply for the Challenge Finals. Ten finalists will be selected to participate in Green University, a two-day eco summit held in California this December. Students will be flown to San Francisco where they will learn from esteemed eco leaders, present experiences from the 30-day Challenge, and work together to create unique platforms for social action.This new slate of projects will be implemented by Teens Turning Green and youth nationwide in 2012.

Challenge Champion

A panel of judges will name one finalist as the Project Green Challenge Champion. The winner will receive a one-of-a-kind prize package and the opportunity to work with Teens Turning Green and its partners in the coming year.

Join the Challenge!

Be apart of a world changing initiative – sign up today!

And be sure to get your friends and school involved in Project Green Challenge. Two students from participating schools will be invited to participate as Project Green Challenge Campus Reps and to lead the effort on their school campuses. Click here if you want to see what the job entails and to sign up.