Picnic for the Planet Giveaway (Closed)

Earth Day is coming up this weekend and I think it’s a great time to think about what kind of an impact we’re making on our planet. Small changes or adjustments can make a huge difference. For example, those plastic bags we get when we go shopping. When I started buying those reusable bags for groceries, I couldn’t believe how many less bags it took to bag my groceries and then I began to think how many bags I used per grocery trip, and I thought of all of the plastic bags I have used over the years. That’s a lot of bags!

I don’t think it’s cliche or uncool or even a political gesture when talking about or thinking about who much of an impact you and your family is making on our environment. I also do know that not all solutions, tips, advice or small steps will work for everyone but I think if each of us makes a few changes, it can amount to a whole lot.

Here are some Earth Day tips that I try to use in my every day:

  • turn off the lights in rooms no one is in, that includes those ceiling fans
  • unplug electronics or chargers not in use
  • making my errand trips efficient by planning out routes
  • when buying new appliances or electronics, trying to get energy efficient ones
  • in the kitchen, I’m always trying to use kitchen towels more than I use paper towels
  • when possible and affordable, I try to buy locally or regionally grown produce

Like I said, these may not work for everyone but it’s worth taking a few minutes to think about how you can make some small changes to exact real big change.

The Nature Conservancy is trying to get the word about Picnic for the Planet – they are trying to have the hold the title for the world’s largest picnic celebration. To find out more, visit Nature.org. To host a picnic or find one near you to join, visit Picnic for the Planet.

And now for a giveaway…to get your picnic started off right. I love these collapsible baskets, don’t you?

Picnic for the Planet Giveaway (Value $75)

How to Enter

Answer either or both questions: What have you done in your life or in your home to lessen your impact on the planet?  OR visit Nature.org and tell me about a action or actions you have learned about that can help make a positive impact on the planet.

Extra Entries

For seven more extra chances to win, leave a separate comment for each type, saying you did the following:

  1. ‘Like’ The Little Kitchen on facebook
  2. Subscribe to The Little Kitchen via email
  3. Follow The Little Kitchen on twitter and tweet the following:
    Enter the Picnic for the Planet #Giveaway from @nature_org & @TheLittleKitchn http://bit.ly/Jp2nnQ ends 4/23 #picnic12
  4. Find a local picnic here and join the fun. Tell me where the picnic is located
  5. Tweet an #EarthDay tip for your follows using both of the hashtags #EarthDay and #picnic12 and be sure to share the link to the tweet in a comment below
  6. ‘Like’ The Nature Conservancy on facebook
  7. Follow The Nature Conservancy on twitter


One winner will be chosen at random from all of the comments/entries posted here on this post. Be sure to do the mandatory entry and you’re entered into the giveaway. The extra entries are optional. Giveaway ends on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.

For more chances to win, visit the awesome blogs below:

All Day I Dream About Food

A Spicy Perspective

Cookin Canuck

Created By Diane

Dine & Dish

Food for My Family

Gourmande in the Kitchen

I am Baker

Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Tidy Mom

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy. There are a couple of affiliate links in this post – if any of the items from the giveaway with affiliate links are purchased via my Amazon store, I’ll donate the affiliate commissions to the Nature Conservancy.

193 Responses to “Picnic for the Planet Giveaway (Closed)”

  1. 41
    mary fanara coleman — April 20, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    I like the Nature Conservancy on fb.

  2. 42
    JoAnn — April 20, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    At work, I always “shut down” not just “log off” my computer. It only takes an extra 30 seconds!

  3. 43
    BusyWorkingMama — April 20, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    I started composting about 2 years ago, and finally used the compost in my own raised veggie bed this year. It is my first year trying vegetable gardening. I have kale, spinach, radishes, peas, beets, potatoes, zucchini and carrots :)

  4. 44
    BusyWorkingMama — April 20, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    FB fan of yours – aleksandra n.

  5. 45
    BusyWorkingMama — April 20, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    email subscriber aleksa91 hotmail com

  6. 46
    Jan — April 20, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    I’m always shutting lights off plus I’ve been recycling for years.

  7. 47
    Athena — April 20, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    I use reusable shopping bags at at the super market. I also have started a garden and try to eat more plant based foods.

  8. 48
    Athena — April 20, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    I like TNC on FB.

  9. 49
    Athena — April 20, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    I follow TNC on Twitter.

  10. 50
    Athena — April 20, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
  11. 51
    Margaret — April 20, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    Changes I have made in the past year to my lifestyle:

    – Avoiding the use of plastic packaging–this one is insanely difficult but SO important!
    – I am 100% vegetarian and my boyfriend is completely vegan.
    – Bought a bike after finding a path to work! :)
    – Air drying my laundry when the weather is nice.
    – Using baking soda, lemons, and vinegar for cleaning purposes.
    – Composting my food scraps.
    – Instead of buying new clothes, I try to go thrift store shopping and donate my old clothes–saves money too!
    – Added 10 plants and a small herb garden to my house this year.

  12. 52
    mark winslade — April 20, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    I garden…
    good for me,
    good for my head,
    good for the environment

  13. 53
    Sam H — April 20, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    We’ve recently started trying to get away from disposable bags and utensils by using more earth-friendly tupperware, so hopefully we’ll decrease the waste we send to landfills!!

  14. 54
    Cori Westphal — April 20, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    I’ve switched to all natural cleaning products, we recycle, and I use reusable bags and containers!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  15. 55
    Cori Westphal — April 20, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    I follow you on Twitter @coriwestphal (twitter.com/coriwestphal)
    Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/193417500891947008

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  16. 56
    Cori Westphal — April 20, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    I like you on Facebook: Cori Eckstrom Westphal (facebook.com/coriwestphal)

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  17. 57
    Cori Westphal — April 20, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    I follow Nature Conservancy on Twitter @coriwestphal (twitter.com/coriwestphal)

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  18. 58
    Cori Westphal — April 20, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    I’m an email subscriber, coriwestphal at msn dot com.

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  19. 59
    Trezlen — April 20, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    I eat at home as much as possible, have cut down on the amount of meat that I eat, vacillating toward vegan/vegetarian depending how my body is responding.

  20. 60
    Trezlen — April 20, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    ‘Like’ The Little Kitchen on facebook.

  21. 61
    Trezlen — April 20, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    I follow The Little Kitchen on twitter and tweeted.

  22. 62
    Trezlen — April 20, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    I follow The Nature Conservancy on twitter.

  23. 63
    Trezlen — April 20, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    I subscribe to The Little Kitchen via email.

  24. 64
    Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet — April 20, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    What a great giveaway! Here are some of the changes I’ve made in the last year ~

    * really stepped up my recycling and upcycling game
    * public and bike transit instead of a car
    * gardening and composting
    * reusable products


  25. 65
    Megan P — April 20, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

    reduce, reuse, recycle :)

  26. 66
    Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet — April 20, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    I like thelittlekitchen on FB!

  27. 67
    Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet — April 20, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    i like the nature conservatory on FB!

  28. 68
    Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet — April 20, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    I subscribe via email!

  29. 69
    Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet — April 20, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    I follow @thelittlekitchn on Twitter!

  30. 70
    Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet — April 20, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    I’ll be picnicking at Fair Park in Dallas!

  31. 71
    Susan B. — April 20, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    I recycle everything!

  32. 72
    Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet — April 20, 2012 @ 5:04 pm
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    Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet — April 20, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    I follow #nature_org on twitter!

  34. 74
    Phyllis — April 20, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    We recycle more and grow a lot of our own veggies.

  35. 75
    Sharon — April 20, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    Just last week I purchased a Camelback water bottle so that I can just reuse it instead of buying plastic water bottles.

  36. 76
    Sharon — April 20, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

    I subscribe via email

  37. 77
    Jackie C — April 20, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    We recycle even though there is no recycling program in our area, we’ve installed a rain barrel to keep our plants and flowers watered and try to buy local from the farmer’s markets as much as possible and take our cloth grocery bags every time.

  38. 78
    Jackie C — April 20, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    I “liked” the Little Kitchen on Facebook

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    Jackie C — April 20, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    I “liked” The Nature Conservancy on Facebook

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    mbb — April 20, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

    reuse bags and conserve water!

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