Get green goods you need without spending a dime by taking advantage of an eco-contest -- or 3! Spend less money and stay green by getting creative:
1. Create a fair trade recipe and win a fair trade gift basket from Alter Eco, an eco-ethical company that makes everything from fair trade olive oil from Palestine to red quinoa from Bolivia. Simply share your best recipe using fair trade ingredients on the Alter Eco's fair trade recipe contest page by Nov. 14 for everyone to try out and rate until the winners are chosen Nov. 20.
The prizes: The top 10 rated recipes will win their creators yummy Alter Eco gift baskets. From those 10, Chef Sita will select the 5 best recipes -- and each of those will have 10 tree planted on their behalf in the Peruvian Amazon, at the Alter Eco cacao co-op Acopagro.
2. Sign up for eco-fashion news and win a pair of eco shoes. Ecostiletto, a sustainable fashion and lifestyle site created by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, always has a shoe contest going! All you have to do is fill out an entry form -- which'll also subscribe you to Ecostiletto's weekly newsletter of fashionable green tips.
The prize: Right now, you can enter to win a pair of $199 Melissa Plastic Dreams shoes -- co-designed by Vivienne Westwood -- in red, black or gold.
3. Spiff up old furniture and win a $1000 eBay shopping spree. Ebay's teamed up with Zem Joaquin of ecofabulous for a new creative reuse contest. The rules: Find pre-loved furniture, then make it new again using whatever DIY skills you've got. Send in photos or a video of the new-again piece to eBay by Nov. 19 for your chance to win. For inspiration, watch how Zem converts old furniture into something new and fabulous:
The prize: A $1,000 shopping spree on eBay and a personal consultation with Zem. Remember to shop for pre-loved goods to keep your spree green --
>> Zem Joaquin at ecofabulous shares step by step, photo-illustrated instructions for turning an old cabinet into a new-looking glossy one.
>> Rachel Sarnoff of Ecostiletto shares a recipe for a DIY eco face scrub at her personal blog, MommyGreenest
>> Don't have a fair trade recipe to share but still want deals on fair trade goodies? The Global Exchange blog shares how you can get 10% off your eco-ethical purchases.
BlogHer Contributing Editor Siel also blogs at greenLAgirl.com.
Images via Alter Eco and Ecostiletto
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