Baby Steps to Green-ness – Marcal Small Steps Giveaway

Marcal Small Steps

So maybe you’re not ready to forsake paper towels completely and drip dry on the potty…but there are lots of little steps to going green that we can all take every single day.  Little steps that, though small, are still forward progress toward a greener and healthier planet.

The folks at Marcal get it.  They recognize the importance of making little changes and have created a line of paper products made of 100% premium recycled paper.  Small Steps by Marcal products are whitened without chlorine bleaching, and they’re hypoallergenic and dye and fragrance-free.  Using recycled paper products saves trees. The Marcal Tree Calculator is a fun little widget that calculates how many trees you and your family, or classroom, or office can save over the next twenty years if you switch to recycled paper products.  My wee family of three can save two trees every year.  I have this kind of goofy quote from JRR Tolkien on my Facebook page: “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” I think two trees are important. My Dad always says “trees are our friends.” My Dad is a little goofy too.  But he’s also pretty darned smart.

So I tried several of the Small Steps products.  I like that the paper towels come in “U-Size It Sheets” so you can tear off smaller amounts for the trail of orange juice your toddler lets fall from her sippy cup and larger sheets for the third cat vomit of the day.  The products are fairly strong and effective…and I do love that they’re hypoallergenic and fragrance free.  So here’s the thing: they aren’t crazy soft.  None of these recycled paper products are crazy soft.  They just aren’t.  The Marcal website links to a few articles that clarify why this is the case.  A New York Times article of February 25, 2009 states, “Although toilet tissue can be made at similar cost from recycled material, it is the fiber taken from standing trees that help give it that plush feel, and most large manufacturers rely on them.”  Paper manufacturers are harvesting farmed trees, yes, but they’re cutting down very old trees as well.  So I guess it’s really up to us to decide. What are we willing to sacrifice for super soft toilet paper, paper towels, tissues and paper napkins?

Marcal Small Steps is priced so that you don’t need to sacrifice economy.  That’s pretty cool.  And their website offers a coupon for all you money saving Mamas as well. I guess in honor of Earth Day I’d just say, try them.  See how you like them.  Maybe you can’t do the tissues but the paper napkins and paper towels will work for you.  Small steps are still steps.  And trees are our friends.

Thanks to the good people out there in Elmwood Park, NJ one lucky Babies Gotta Have It reader will celebrate Earth Month with a free Marcal Small Steps starter kit (a $25 value) complete with toilet paper, napkins, paper towels and facial tissues.  Want to enter?  Read on!

To Enter the Marcal Small Steps Giveaway

  • MANDATORY ENTRY #1: Leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite memory of a tree.  Yup.  A tree. Maybe it was the apple tree in your grandparents’ back yard or the tree you built a tree house in when you were a kid.  Maybe you hung a bird feeder with your child or planted a special tree in memory of a loved one.  Tell us about it.  That’s it!  Entering is that easy!

***Want extra chances to win? After you have made your first entry as described above, do anything listed below and leave me additional comments for each one letting me know what you did!  Maximum of nine entries per person.

  • Follow me on Twitter and tweet the following (just cut and paste): I’m taking Small Steps to a greener life with recycled paper products! Win a Marcal starter kit @BabiesGottaHavT
  • Follow Marcal Small Steps on Twitter.
  • Blog this giveaway (send me the url so I can enjoy your post!)
  • Subscribe to my blog using the button on the left sidebar
  • Grab my button and put in on your blog or website! Button code is in the right sidebar. Leave the link in your entry.
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  • Email your friends about the giveaway and link to the giveaway post! cc me in the message (–I promise I will not spam you or your friends. Cross my heart

Your email address will remain private and not be shared with anyone. Giveaway only open to those with U.S.  addresses. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway begins on Wednesday April 21st and ends on Wednesday May 5th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. On Thursday May 6th, will select the winner,  and I’ll email you immediately. After my daughter called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my daughter, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!

Disclosure: Marcal Small Steps provided me with sample products for review and the starter kit for the winner of this giveaway.  I was not compensated monetarily, and all views and opinions with regard to the product or company itself are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed, by the company prior to posting.

UPDATE! We have a winner! says “ 6″!  Congratulations to the “madwoman doing cartwheels”.  And thanks so much to everyone who entered!


119 Responses so far »

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    Ai Mei @ Student Saving Bucks said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 3:10 am

    My favorite memory of a tree… i just LOVE trees period. My family just bought a new house and I’M the only one taking intrest in landscapping it. So far i have bought and planted two apple trees, a cherry tree, and avocado tree and a plum tree. I just LOVE trees! I also have a dwarf orange tree and two hybrid poplars i bought from Gurneys. :)

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    Rebecca Orr said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    I was in 3rd grade the first time I saw this tree. It was behind my elementary, middle, and high schools. It sat along the river bank. It was HUGE. It took 8 of as (third graders) holding hands in a circle around it to hug it. For some reason…and I still don’t know why…this tree had special meaning. Maybe it was because it was the only tree that they didn’t knock down when constructing the schools. Maybe it was because it was an extremely old tree. It looked so dead in the winter, but always came to life in the spring. We would sit under it during recess, walk by it on nature walks for science, even hold hands with our boyfriends under it! It was not only special to me, but to all of my school mates as well. Then when we were in 8th grade, we were told that for no other reason then aesthetics, that the tree would be torn from the ground. Even back then (as 8th graders) we were all effected by the school boards decision. It broke our hearts. This beautiful tree, than never did anything wrong was going to be killed. No more picking up it’s pretty leaves, no more listening to the rustling branches on stormy days. I will always remember that tree. The good times we had beside it…and the lack of good times the students at the school will NEVER get to have by it.

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    Rebecca Orr said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

    Following on Twitter: @bekki1820cb
    bekki1820cb at gmail

  4. 4

    Rebecca Orr said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

    Marcal Small Steps Twitter follower: @bekki1820cb
    bekki1820cb at gmail

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    Rebecca Orr said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

    Have the button:
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  6. 6

    Rebecca Orr said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

    Subscriber. bekki1820cb at gmail

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    Rebecca Orr said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

    Facebook fan: Bekki Orr bekki1820cb at gmail

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    Rebecca Orr said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

    Facebook fan of Marcal: Bekki Orr
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    Lois Shores said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    I like seeing all the trees start to bloom and get leaves

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    Lois Shores said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

    I tweeted, but I had to take some out, it was too long

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    Lois Shores said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

    Here’s the link to my tweet

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    Lois Shores said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    I follow Marcal Samll Steps on Twitter ljshores

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    Lois Shores said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    I “liked” Marcal Small Steps on Facebook Lois Shores

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    Amber said,

    May 5, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    When I was growing up, we had a big orange tree in the back yard. It produced so many oranges, we were up to our elbows in them! My dad used to take a grocery bag full of oranges around to all the neighbors. We couldn’t give them away fast enough and there was always a full bed of rotting oranges under the tree.

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    Karen G said,

    May 5, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

    My favorite memory of a tree is of the big oak tree in my great-grandparent’s front yard. It alway had a tire swing attached to it and a couple of odd sets of lawn furniture (swings/chairs) underneath it. I loved playing on and under the tree. It’s still there!


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    salina said,

    May 5, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    There have been so many wonderful trees in my life and in my memory. One that is pretty cool is a mail order Blue Spruce I planted in the back yard of the first house we bought when my oldest son was only 6 months old(15 years ago). The tree was already about a year old itself. We no longer live in that house but it is located in our home town where we grew up. So when we go visit the folks, we will drive by our old place and see how big our little Blue Spruce has gotten. I’m not sure exactly how tall it is now but I think that is is about 15 to 20 ft tall! Amazing.

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    salina said,

    May 5, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

    I’m following you on twitter plus I tweeted about your giveaway.:)

  18. 18

    salina said,

    May 5, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    I am also following Marcal Small Steps on Twitter.:)

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    Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute said,

    May 5, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

    We had a huge old pecan tree in the yard growing up. I remember many wonderful fall days picking up pecans with my Mother. They were like gold you just couldn’t stop picking them up.

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