SCOTT Naturals™ Hybrid Paper Products: Green Feels Good

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Good morning mamas! This is my second post in my weekly series this month sponsored by SCOTT Naturals™ celebrating Earth Month and the ways we can all take small steps to better care for our Earth.

Last week was all about five little changes my family has made to be more green.

This week I wanted to share information on the new products offered by SCOTT Naturals™ – the world’s first hybrid line of paper products.

In an ideal world my family would use cloth napkins and towels and wash them conscientiously, but in reality, paper towels and napkins are two products I use every day.

So how do we know if a certain paper product is better for the environment and what exactly does hybrid mean? I am glad you asked because I had the same questions too!

First a little paper 101. It’s pretty interesting and something I am sure many of us [me included] haven’t put a whole lot of thought into.

Virgin fiber is material that comes straight from a tree.

A hybrid paper product is one that is comprised of a combination of virgin fiber and recycled fiber. Therefore, when you use a product with recycled fiber it reduces virgin fiber demand and reducing virgin fiber demand saves trees.

All of the SCOTT Naturals™ products use a combination of recycled materials. Here is the information on the four hybrid paper products offered now in this line:

Bath Tissue

Two-ply and made with 40% recycled fiber combining softness with the green benefits of recycled fiber. Outer packaging is made from 100% recycled fiber.

Paper Towels

Made with 60% recycled fiber featuring fast-absorbing ridges that soak up spills.

The towels offer Choose-A-Size™ sheets that help eliminate waste by allowing moms to get the right amount for the job.

Outer packaging is made from 20% post-consumer recycled plastic and cardboard cores are made from 100% recycled fiber.

Napkins

Made with 80% recycled fiber. Awesome!

Flushable Moist Wipes

Made with 100% virgin fibers derived from sustainable resources.

These are available in one-by-one dispensing tubs with refill pouches.

My two-year-old is recently potty trained and these have been extremely helpful to use with her.

I find that one flushable wipe tends to do the job of several rounds of TP. That alone is saving trees!

Green feels good! 

SCOTT sent me all of the above products to review and instead of going into the details about thickness or softness, what mattered the most to me was how I felt using them.

Knowing that they are all a combination of recycled materials made me feel good knowing they are a better choice for the environment.

There is a difference in the feel of the products. For example, the paper towels are not thick or fluffy, they are more coarse, but they do the job of cleaning up spilled milk which is all that matters to me!  The one thing that is NOT coarse is the bath tissue.  It is soft, but thinner than traditional rolls. However, just feeling this difference reminds me that they are using less virgin fiber and less trees.

In fact, if everyone tried SCOTT Naturals™ for four weeks, together we would save over 2 million trees.

Are you ready to give them a try?

SCOTT Naturals™ invites you to take the 4 Week Test Drive this month.Simply go to scottbrand.com and pledge to switch to SCOTT Naturals™ for four weeks and try their selection of hybrid products.

When you make the pledge, you will enter in your zip code, and the state with the most pledges can win $50,000 towards local forest and land conservation efforts to preserve America’s great outdoors. Click HERE and take the pledge!

[Disclosure: SCOTT Naturals™ is compensating me for my time and participation in this campaign. All of the above are my honest opinions, as always. I will be making the switch to SCOTT Naturals™ now that I know the difference they can make in the environment and have taken the 4 Week Test Drive pledge! I hope you will too!]

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Earth Month: Small Steps Big Change

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When I became a mom, the way I looked at the Earth changed. All of a sudden, I was looking at the future of our Earth through the eyes of my kids, and my kid’s kids.

I have felt a responsibility for our future generations’ sake to take small steps over the past few years to be more green.

The changes my family has made have not been drastic. These are all easy changes any family can make. But if all of us did them together, collectively these small steps could mean big change.

Because I am passionate about this topic, during the month of April in honor of Earth Month, I am participating in a program with SCOTT Naturals™  to bring awareness on the ways we can better care for our Earth.

SCOTT Naturals™ is the world’s first line of hybrid paper products including bath tissue, paper towels, flushable wipes and napkins.

This series will consist of a weekly post on ways we can be more mindful of the environment. This first post is all about 5 steps my family has taken to be more green. Would love to hear yours – comment below!

Over the past 3 years, I am happy to say that my family made the switch to reusable bottles and completely stopped buying bottled water.

I am in love with this Filtrete Water Station, which allows me to filter and store four reusable bottles in my fridge.

Anywhere I go, my Filtrete water bottle goes with me. It is even sitting next to me as I type this post!

This year I went cold turkey and completely stopped buying juice for my kids. I wanted water to be their number one source of hydration, so we stopped the juice outright.

I made this decision when I came to the realization that my children would not drink water because they were accustomed to juice. I also looked at the big plastic bottles of juice we had been buying and knew there was a better way for the Earth, their bodies and teeth!

Not gonna lie, this was not an easy transition. The girls COMPLAINED big time. But the beauty of it was that after about 3 days of no juice (I just told them we were out), they got used to drinking iced water and started to ask for it. I made it fun by putting it in colored cups with bendable straws. Now they ask for water and I LOVE IT!

We typically went through one big plastic 2 liter bottle of apple juice every week. That’s 52 bottles a year we are not consuming anymore.

Of course when they go to the grandparents or to a play date or party, they can have  juice. Just now it is a special treat.

My family has also made the switch to using ENERGY STAR lightbulbs in about 70% of our home.These special lightbulbs use 75% less energy than a traditional bulb and last 6 times longer.

Not to mention the fact that each bulb can save more than $40 over its lifetime. The average household has 30 light fixtures. You do the math – that is a HUGE savings each year. You can click HERE and actually calculate your savings for your household.

They do take some getting used to and it is not altogether an easy transition. They are not as bright and do not get bright fast, but when I look at the money saved and how we are protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it is WORTH IT!

Ever kept your cell phone charger in the wall even when you weren’t charging your phone? Guilty as charged.

Did you know that electronics and appliances can draw power even when they are switched off? This energy, known by terms like phantom-load, idle current, vampire power and wall wart means that you can be using electricity without even USING it!

I have now made a conscious effort to unplug various items when not in use. There are several products out there available to make it easier like these smart power strips.

I have my husband to thank for this one. He is BIG on making sure any light not in use is turned off when he leaves the room and early on he started teaching our girls to do the same.

It is now drilled into their sweet little heads enough that when we were leaving to go to the store the other day, my five-year-old caught a light on in the guest room and yelled “Wait! Gotta turn off the light!”

SCOTT Naturals™ invites you to take the 4 Week Test Drive this month.

Simply go to scottbrand.com and pledge to switch to SCOTT Naturals™ for four weeks and try their selection of hybrid products.

When you make the pledge, you will enter in your zip code, and the state with the most pledges can win $50,000 towards local forest and land conservation efforts to preserve America’s great outdoors. Click HERE and take the pledge!

If everyone tried SCOTT Naturals™ for four weeks, together we would save over 2 million trees.

Talk about small steps BIG CHANGE!

[Disclosure: SCOTT Naturals™ is compensating me for my time and participation in this campaign. All of the above are my honest opinions, as always. I will be making the switch to SCOTT Naturals™ now that I know the difference they can make in the environment and have taken the 4 Week Test Drive pledge! I hope you will too!]

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