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I love trying out new things, especially environment friendly type products. I was so excited when given the opportunity from If You Care to try a few of their products as well as offer a surprise giveaway for one of you lucky readers!
If You care offers products made from sustainable, renewable or recyclable resources. They package their materials from unbleached totally chlorine-free or processed chlorine-free cardboard. Not to mention their cardboard is biodegradable, but can also be recycled. As far as their ink goes, only vegetable-based inks are used for printing and non-toxic glues are used as well. As you can see, this company stands true to it`s word when they say they are environment friendly, which is what really caught my attention to want to work with them.
I was sent quite a few products to try out. I was so excited to see they are so dedicated in their work, they wanted to just give me a full on experience with them and their products. I was sent: Firelighters, T-Shirt, Coffee Filters, Cheesecloth, Paper Snack & Sandwich Bags, Large Baking Cups, Cooking String, Aluminum Foil, Parchment Paper and last but not least, wax paper. So what do all these have in common? They`re 100& environment friendly and recycled!
Let`s start with the parchment paper. It`s made from FSC certified premium quality unbleached totally chlorine-free greaseproof paper. It`s silicone coated, which was derived from silicon found in sand, quartz and rock abundant in nature, which is also non-toxic. The packaging of this is made of recycled processed chlorine-free cardboard. This particular product is good for baking/cooking and no greasing is necessary. It is also microwave safe and over safe up to 428`F/220`C. Not to mention, this is also gluten and allergen free for those who are sensitive to some products and is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans based off the materials used to make it.
The Large Baking cups are excellent to use for baking mini cakes or more commonly known, cupcakes. They are unbleached totally chlorine-free and made of greaseproof paper. The packaging is also recycled processed chlorine-free. There`s no added chlorine, no toxins and minimum waste that comes from these. No greasing is necessary when using these which is just an added bonus. Just as the parchment paper, these too are microwave and oven safe. Plus, these also are gluten and allergen free for those who are sensitive to some products and is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans based off the materials used to make it.
The coffee filters are the first FSC certified of it`s kind. That should tell you something right there. They are made from unbleached totally chlorine-free paper from well managed forests. There`s no added chlorine, no toxins and minimum waste is produced. The cardboard packaging is recycled and processed. Unlike other leading brands, the If You Care brand features a "never break" double seam. For your convenience, the filters also come in a few different sizes: 2, 4, 6 and basked filters, which too are soon to be FSC certified. Like the other products, these are also gluten and allergen free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans alike.
The aluminum foil is just awesome to me. It`s 100% recycled aluminum which can be recycled again and again. It`s 95% energy saving, which means it takes only 5% of energy to produce recycled aluminum foil compared to your typical store bought foil. It too is packaged in cardboard packaging which was recycled and is chlorine-free. The great thing about this foil, it functions just as well as your leading brands but much better for you and the environment. Like everything else, these are also gluten and allergen free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The wax paper is made of 100% natural soybean wax, which is clean, safe, non-toxic and biodegradable. It is unbleached and totally chlorine-free paper. The cardboard packaging is recycled and it is all 100% compostable. There;s no petroleum products used. This is great to use for food preparation as well as wrapping sandwiches or other foods. It too is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The firelighters are wood from FSC certified forests and 100% non-GMO vegetable oil. They`re 100% renewable resources and 100% carbon neutral emissions. These too come in a recycled cardboard packaging. Non-toxic inks and glues are used for this product. And although your typical firelighters contain kerosene and/or wax derived from petroleum, these still burn just as well, but safer for the environment. You just need to use 3-4 per fire, which will burn for about 8-10 minutes. They have a long shelf life and do not lose firepower or dry out when left open. They`re not oily or greasy. They`re safe to store as they are non-explosive, non toxic and no unpleasant smells. You can use them with grills, stoves, fireplace and even campfires.
Next up we have the paper sandwich and snack bags. They are 100% unbleached greaseproof paper. They are also 100% renewable resources. They are made from unbleached pulp of Scandinavian spruce trees with a unique barrier property of naturally preventing grease or fat from penetrating. These are ideal for snacks, cookies and sandwiches.
The cooking Twine in made of unbleached cotton. The packaging is also unbleached recycled cardboard. There are no artificial fibers and will not affect the taste of your food. It is also gluten and allergen free as well as being suitable for vegetarians and vegans. This is great to use for forming roasts and stuffed chicken breasts, trussing poultry, securing wrapped bacon filets, curing meats, spit roasting and much more!
The cheesecloth is 100% unbleached cotton. It`s all natural with no artificial fibers. There`s no added chlorine and no toxins. It`s also naturally biodegradable, gluten and allergen free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Its use is for cooking, basting, straining, polishing and more without the worry of food safety or harming our environment. The best part, it can be used again and again. It may also be boiled or used in microwaves. Because it contains no toxic chemicals, it will not affect the taste or quality foods either.
So what do I think? These are all really great products and very safe to use. Safety is always the number one thing whether if be for the environment, my family or both. Not only are they safe and high quality, but they preform just as well as other leading products I have used in the past and quite past my expectations. I definitely think these are great products to use and I would use them again. I also love for those who are vegan and vegetarian, that they can enjoy some products which fit into their lifestyle. I definitely think everyone should give these environment friendly products a try! I`d love your thoughts and opinions on them!
Surprise from If You Care
*This entry must be completed or all other entries will be deleted, You must mention that you are following this blog & complete the task.*
1) You MUST follow my blog via Google Friend Connect (in right sidebar, click the follow button)
2) Visit the Sponsor: If You Care and come back and let me know something you would like to try! Be sure to leave your email address. If I have no way to contact you, I will choose another winner.

1 comment=1 entry
When making an entry I DO verify you have done what you say & that the mandatory entry has been completed. If no mandatory entry was completed all other entries will not qualify. Also, do not just say "i want to win this" or it will be deleted.
Additional Ways to Enter
  • 5 entries - Make a Purchase from If You Care. (5 entries for each item you purchase) 
  1. Subscribe to my blog via an Email Subscriber
  2. Follow me on Twitter & comment that you did so with your twitter user name -if you are already just let me know!
  3. Grab my button  or text link & Add it to your page or place a link on your site linking back to my web site -comment with the link to where it was placed -if you did already just let me know! may be added to multiple pages, 1 entry each 
  4. Digg, Stumble (or any other similar site) my blog (heres the link of how to do that) --comment that you did so & your digg profile link  (can also add this giveaway post for an additional entry)
  5. Tweet about this giveaway & comment with the link to your tweet. (can be done once per day)
  6. Become a Fan on Facebook -if you are already just let me know! Earn another entry by "linking" this post(button at top of post)
  7. Follow my blog on Networked Blogs
  8. (1 entry each) Subscribe to The Mommy Diary and/or Scrappin A Moment via email, google reader or follow with google friend connect.
  9. Blog this giveaway & comment with the link to your blog. --these can be done on a blog site, myspace, facebook, Gather, etc as long as I can see it
  10. (1 entry each) Leave a comment with your favorite item off  Zazzle Me Ashley, Scrappin A Moment, Closet of Treasures Thrift Store, My Etsy Shop

All giveaways are for USA ONLY UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. This would be stated at the very top under where it says "win it". Also, keep in mind, many places do not ship to P.O. Boxes and usually must be a residential address. If this is of concern feel free to contact me or the company before hand. The winner will be selected and will have 24 hours to respond to the winning email. If no response is made during that time period a new winner will be chosen. If you did not receive an email, it is up to you to contact me before the 24 hour period is up as I did try to contact you. The winner also has the option to have the prize sent to someone else if they do not want/need it.

This is how it`s done via this is ONLY an example! The max number will be placed as how many comments are received. If only 20 comments are made then the max number will be 20. 

Ends August 12, 2011
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