Tuesday, June 3, 2014

It's the Eco-Friendly Summer Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the friendly Summer Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom, and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! Each of the participating blogs is offering a prize package to help you have an Eco-friendly Summer! We hope you’ll get ideas for having a green summer vacation and win some great prizes. After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post!


Eco-Friendly Summer Giveaway 


What's summer without a new swimsuit for mom? Well, pretty typical for a lot of us. But, if you are a size 14 (the average size for women in the U.S.), you're in luck! I'm giving away a fabulous swimsuit from ECO SWIM by AQUA GREEN valued at $128!


 Sweet, huh?

Even if you're not a size 14, you probably know someone who is. So enter. You could make someone very happy.






Why is a swimsuit part of the Summer Giveaway Hop when the hop is supposed to be about eco-friendly products? Simply because this suit fits the bill. ECO SWIM by AQUA GREEN is all about sustainability. Their pledge is to the environment and their passion is great swimwear. They are committed to providing products that are often better than the non-sustainable alternatives.


The Mission Statement for ECO SWIM by AQUA GREEN reads as follows:

Our mission is to provide fashionable, excellent quality, and planet-friendly swimwear. We will achieve this by embracing sustainable technologies and methods, hence reducing our carbon footprint in the sand.Our vision is to be the most sustainable swimwear manufacturer on the planet.


Their parent company is a fourth generation family business based in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. They sell their suits all over the world, but the suits are designed, fitted, sourced, cut, and sewn in the USA. Ranked in the top one percent for sustainability by a leading global retailer, ECO SWIM by AQUA GREEN employs a full-time Director of Sustainability. They are committed to families employed in their factories and offices, as well as the domestic supply chain. They've kept their US manufacturing intact, following their core principles of people and sustainability first. They are also committed to the health of their employees, their families, and the community.

Not only that, they just don't talk the green talk, they walk the green walk! How? By getting their hands dirty (for real!) as they conduct beach and waterways cleanups where needed. They believe their cleanups help to close the loop in the product lifecycle by revealing what happens to trash that ends up in the landfills and oceans. Along with their cleanup partners, they've gathered over 50,000 pounds of trash!


Now let's look at the products themselves --
  • The hang tags are made from recycled materials (FSC certified)
  • The woven labels are made from recycled polyester.
  • The swimsuit lining is made from recycled fabric derived from post consumer waste (water bottles, plastic bags, etc.)
  • The fabric is made from recycled nylon, polyester, and cotton. 
  • The suits arrive on recycled black hangers and in plastic bags that are 100% recyclable. 
  • The bra cups are made from Eco Cell foam, a biodegradable material made from plant oils and recycled materials. 
  • The 2014 line of swimsuits featured waterless dying, which means more water was preserved.
As if all of the above wasn't enough, the company is constantly working on ways to become more sustainable.

But what about quality? From what I can see from my suit, the quality is top notch. The fabric feels amazing. It is stretchy, yet not flimsy. And, of course, their designs are current and eye-catching.

So, who wants to win one? This size 14 suit can be yours if you are chosen as the winner on June 22nd. Simply enter the rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. USA only.

But first, check out the Grand Prize for this Eco-friendly Summer Giveaway Hop.



ecofriendly-summer-grand-prize


One winner will receive queen and twin organic sheet sets from Nest Bedding; one kids sport spray, one adult sport spray and one facial sunscreen from Goddess Garden; a beach terry poncho and water shoes from UV Skinz; and a 3 month subscription from Green Kids Crafts. Enter here.




Disclosure: This contest will run through June 21, 2014 at 8:59 pm PST (11:59 pm EST). The winner will be chosen the following day and announced on Green Grandma. No purchase necessary. US entries only. Must be 18 years or older to win. The sponsors provided me with a free product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to this blog and not to Facebook. Please note that Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom, Brittleby's Corner, the Green Moms Network and the Green Your Mom event bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.

122 comments:

  1. I used to swim in the ocean until I had a much too close encounter with a shark, so now I only swim in swimming pools. I love to swim and used to ride in my boyfriend's boat on the lakes around my home town while he fished, and I swam in the lake back then, but no longer.

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    1. Yeah, sharks freak me out a bit! Glad your encounter didn't have a bad ending, Deborah!

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  2. I love to swim in the pool. Although, the ocean is not ruled out completely ;)

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  3. I live near the beach, but only tourists go to the beach here. If they knew what the locals know they wouldn't go either. I have an autoimmune disease with strict orders from my doctor to never go in the ocean here. For me it's the river.

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    1. Yikes! Do you mind sharing where you live?

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  4. I like to swim in pools and lakes.

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    1. I prefer lakes, just because of the chlorine in pools. But either will do for me as well. Good luck!

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  5. I like to swim in the pool because I've always had an insane fear of fish.

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    1. I hear ya! I don't like when something swims across my legs and I can't see what it is!

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  6. I definitely prefer to be by the pool over swimming in the ocean!

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  7. Pool gal. The Ocean is too cold.

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  8. The pool for me I don't like snakes or jelly fish.

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    1. Yeah, there's nothing like swimming in a creek or lake and seeing the head of a snake peek up out of the water!

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  9. I prefer swimming in a well taken care of pool.

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    1. I love the "well taken care of" part!

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  10. I would love to swim in the ocean, but since we are many miles away I settle for lakes! :)

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  11. Pool or lake are close by. Ocean is fun too.

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    1. Sounds like you just like to swim, period. Good luck, Diane!

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  12. Lake. Lake Michigan to be precise, in Chicago.

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    1. That's a mighty big lake, Christine!

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  13. I like swimming in lakes the best, but I live in Wisconsin so I mostly swim in pools due to our short outside swimming season.

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    1. Either way, this is a fantastic suit! Good luck!

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  14. I prefer swimming in non - chlorine pools, but also enjoy floating down the river and I live on the gulf coast although I'm not a huge fan of the beach.

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  15. I love either a pool or the ocean but I'd take any body of water! ;-) We love to swim and play in it!

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    1. And you'd look fantastic in the suit wherever you were, Amanda!

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  16. I prefer swimming in a pool, however I love reading and making sandcastles at the beach, then a quick dip in the ocean to cool off.

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    1. That's how I am at the beach, too, Jaclyn.

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  17. My favorite is the creek or river - I love exploring and finding that one really good, deep pool of water that's been hit by the sun for half the day.

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    1. I used to love doing that, too. But here in PA, I'm so afraid of the creeks being polluted with fracking fluid. :-(

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  18. Pool or ocean! I've never been swimming at a lake or creek :)

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  19. My parents recently converted their pool to salt water and its wonderful!!

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    1. I've never heard of that before, Bonnie! That's awesome!

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  20. Pool for laps, Ocean for surfing/boogie boarding/wading/anything (I LOVE the beach), and creeks for tubing, we don't really have any swim friendly lakes around :-) .
    me_juliet AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Sounds like you could use a new suit!

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  21. If I am going to swim, it has to be the Mediterranean Sea!

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  22. I love to win in pools. I feel like it is the most safe from the harmful animals, though it may have harmful chemicals.

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  23. i like to swim anywhere! especially like lakes :)

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    1. I have such fond memories of swimming in lakes when I was a kid. Good luck, Anastasia!

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  25. I love to walk on the beach. I swim in pools. :)

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  26. We love swimming in the ocean, especially when visiting the Caribbean!!!

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  27. I love swimming in the pool but I love listening and wading in the ocean, also

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    1. Me, too, Dorothy. I love walking along the surf.

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  28. I like to swim in the ocean and pool.

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    1. A pool on the beach is especially nice. :-)

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  29. I definitely prefer our pool! I don't like not seeing the bottom to know what I'm swimming in.

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  30. I like to swim in it all. The pool is relaxing. the lake has a lot f sport activities, and the ocean brings new surprises every time.

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    1. Just so long as those surprises don't sting or bite!

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  31. Well, I have swam (swum? I don't have to use the past tense of "swim" very often!) in them all, but my preference would be a heated pool. :-) I'm a wimp about cold water.

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  32. I like swimming in lakes or pools. we don't live near any oceans. We are smack dab in Michigan. We have plenty of Great Lakes though!!

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    1. You certainly do have your share of beaches, don't you, Sarah?!

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  33. I love swimming anywhere the ocean,lake,pool,lazy river Thank for the chance to win this great prize

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  34. Nothing beats swimming in a swimming pool! I especially love it in the evening:)

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    1. When I was a kid, I loved swimming at the community pool after dark. The pool had lights under the water and it was lovely.

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  35. Love the pool, like the ocean but afraid to swim in it ♥

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    1. Yeah, I'm a little scared of the ocean as well.

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  36. I love to go swimming in the ocean. We grew up near the beaches but now live about two hours away so most of the time we are swimming in the lake.

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  37. As I've become an adult, definitely pool...as a child, anywhere!

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  38. loving the ymca pool for me and the family! kellythompson747@ yahoo.com

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  39. I love to swim anywhere but mostly lakes because I live in Wisconsin. I have been to California many times and was in the ocean and would like to go again someday.

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    1. I imagine the lakes are cold in Wisconsin.

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  40. It's better to go to a pool than anywhere else these days. I used to love swimming anywhere when I was young.

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    1. Well, that depends. A lot of people advocate NOT swimming in pools because of the chemicals. But creeks and lakes can have so many contaminants. I guess it's kind of like, "choose your poison," unlike it was when I was a kid and swam anywhere I wanted to!

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  41. I love to swim in the pool but I will swim in the other places.

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  42. Well, I live on the Oregon Coast. But the water temp. here never really gets about 53 degrees. So, a little cold to swim in the ocean. We love the River though. And my daughter is taking her first swim lessons this year, so the pool would be great too!

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  43. I like to swim in a lake the best.

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    1. Good luck, Jennifer! Thanks for participating.

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  44. I prefer to swim in a pool, without slimy creatures rubbing up against my leg. ;)

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  45. All of the above! I like to swim in my swimming pool. I am lucky enough to live in what is called Florida's "Nature Coast," where I am within a few miles of the ocean (well, the Gulf of Mexico, but the Atlantic ocean is only a two hour drive to the east), of lakes, of rivers, and of natural springs, and I love to swim (and kayak, and go tubing) in/on all of them!

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  46. Pool around here, but when I visit my daughter and her family in Florida, will be the ocean. At least the shallow part. :D

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  47. just my size and then i use the pool alot travleing alot so i go to pool when they have one

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  48. I love the beach! But out of these options I like the lake.

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  49. I definitely prefer to swim in a pool, but I am not too picky! :)

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  50. In my parents pool i love the ocean but i hate sand in my booty!!! lol

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  51. The pool is our favorite place to really swim.

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  52. I swim 3 times a week in a warm water pool. I am size 14. Pick me!!! (oops, sorry, no begging)
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  53. swimming pools only.. we live by a lake but you step on so much glass or sharp rocks it is just not safe.

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  54. Love swimming in a lake and used to when we lived in Iowa, thanks!

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  55. I prefer the pool or the ocean!!

    commonsenseandstilettos@yahoo.com
    Jasmine P

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  56. I like the ocean or pool

    AWinesburg@hotmail.com

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  57. I love swimming in the swimming pool

    lmurley2014@yahoo.com

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  58. I will swim in Lakes or Oceans but I prefer swimming pools! Not much beats jumping into a pool on a hot summer day!

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