Saturday, September 7, 2013

NPN Green Back To School Guide&Giveaway Bash! ($440 US only 9/30)


Welcome to the Natural Parents Network Green Back To School Guide!

If you still need to complete your back to school shopping or find a back-to-school gift for a friend, the NPN Green Back To School Guide is full of awesome products and essentials for back to school experiences. But what’s even better, the NPN Green Back To School Guide has eco-friendly choices for almost any Back To School products you will need! In addition, the companies that have provided items for review and giveaway are almost exclusively made up of small businesses and Etsy shops.

Below you will find information on 9 awesome companies and reviews from 5 of our NPN Authors. These companies are giving away 21 products and gift certificates, for a total combined value of $441. There will be two Grand Prize Winners in this Giveaway: Giveaway Set One and Giveaway Set Two, worth $220.50 each. Each set will contain:

As you scroll through our Green Back To School Guide, we encourage you to click on the links for each of the reviews and read them in full. Our authors have crafted thoughtful posts on each participating company with pictures of and links to products that are simply perfect for our natural parenting families. 

You can enter to win every giveaway by using the Rafflecopter system below. Please note that every review post has the same Rafflecopter script, but you may enter only one time, and at one site.

Even if you don’t win one of our fabulous prizes, please consider spending part of your Back To School budget at one of these small businesses. By supporting small businesses, you are helping families, boosting local economies, and supporting ethical practices of manufacturing, production and selling.

Many of the companies have included coupon codes — take advantage of them! You can find the coupon codes in the heading of each company/giveaway listing. (Please note that coupons are not good on shipping fees unless otherwise stated).

**Without further ado, here is the NPN Green Back To School Guide!**

This is a Joint Review and Giveaway of  Ecojot between Natural Parents Network and Pineapples & Artichokes.

About ecojot

Founded by brother and sister team Mark and Carolyn Gavin in 2007, ecojot creates eco-friendly stationery, paper goods and custom products that feature whimsical and inspirational designs. Their love for paper, the planet, and art has enabled them to create a sustainable brand available in hundreds of locations around the world.

Our Experience

I had a very hard time picking a sketchbook to review, as there is a wide variety of totally awesome designs. We eventually picked this jellyfish one, because they are Moira's favorite sea creature. The notebook did not disappoint, with a lovely vibrant cover, plenty of nice thick, smooth paper inside, and a strong but flexible binding. We buy a lot of sketchbooks for various reasons, and I think I like ecojot's offerings better than the ones I've been buying from professional art stores at similar prices.
Moira's science notebook
After some discussion, we decided to make this the science notebook. Moira is just learning about letter spacing, so I was very happy that the pages are blank, giving her more freedom to write as big as needed to form her letters.
The very first experiment that she wanted to do was based on a picture of paper flowers unfolding in water she'd seen on Pinterest. She wanted to see how fast or slow different kinds of paper would unfold. I was impressed that the paper could stand up to a little splashing water from our excitement when we were recording our findings. The paper was thick enough that the water didn't cause the paper to rip or leak through to the pages underneath. The only problem we have with this notebook is that I didn't get one for Davis too!


Ecojot works with multiple organizations through their GIVE Program to donate workbooks and pens to students in Third World countries to encourage a love of learning and literacy in children worldwide. With the sale of each ecojot® Jumbo Journal a child in need receives a workbook or pen to build their literacy skills. They have so far offered 250,000 workbooks and 44,000 pens to children in Haiti, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Poland, Honduras, Niger, St. Lucia and Zimbabwe.  Click the link to see how you can help.

Buy it!

You can purchase your own Kids Large Sketchbook from ecojot for $11.50. Obviously I'm going to have to buy a small sized one (possibly this whale one) for Davis, but you should check out their full range of lovely, well-made & eco friendly products. They have paper goods from wrapping paper, to weekly planners, to baby books as well. 


For your own chance to win a one of our two Green Back To School Prize sets worth over $220, each containing:

 Enter by leaving a comment and using our Rafflecopter system below. Mandatory Entry is specifying which set you would want if you win, all other entries are bonus entries. 

Disclosure: Our reviewer received a sample product for review purposes.
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