Lately I have been flooded with my share of PR pitches about contests and link ups. Often, I do not feel compelled to be a part of vast majority. However when Shane Shirley-Smith in EnviroBooty approached me on twitter about her link up and contest I decided to do be part of her link up for a chance to win reusable bags by Factory Direct Promos with our logo on it.
Factory Direct Promos is offering green living bloggers the chance to win $500 worth of eco-friendly, reusable bags made from recycled water bottles. If you blog about ways to live healthier or about eco-friendly products you can join this link up. Factory Direct Promos is your source for bag ban updates and the top manufacturer of customized, eco-friendly promotional products - like eco-friendly drinkware, seed business and greeting cards, recycled pens, USB drives, shirts and lanyards and of course (their top selling item) reusable bags - for companies like The Home Depot, The Salvation Army, Marriott and more. Factory Direct Promos is committed to helping organization go green.
I think recycled bags are great and I live in Toronto where next year the city will officially ban plastic bags used in stores. I’m all for promoting reusable bags.
But why I really would love to win this contest is because:
I would give bags to our outdoor playgroups.
I really would like to win this contest so I could provide each of the outdoor playgroup leaders with a bag for them to carry their stuff to their outdoor playgroups.
The ActiveKidsClub.com community has many outdoor playgroups in the US, Canada and the UK. One of the main reason I started ActiveKidsclub.com was to connect with outdoor heroes all over the world. I’m happy to say we are reaching out to a lot of parents. What started in park in Toronto five years ago by one woman has truly become a grassroots movement; the outdoor playgroup revolution.
A recent comment by an outdoor playgroup in England really made my week. “You inspired me to set up this group for families who like to play outside together. We meet weekly and our little ones have a grand time exploring, getting mucky and being in nature. Today my daughter and I went to an indoor playgroup. Though she enjoyed it, she came out saying 'Outdoor Playgroup is much better', joy to my heart! So thanks for the inspiration”. From Phillipa.in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.
I also will use the bags to carry my safety reflectors when I am biking around to Toronto stores and when I am doing workshops for parents and educators on how to connect with the outdoors. The safety reflectors are a new part of growing ActiveKidsClub.com and our mission to get kids outdoors and to make it safer for kids and adults to be outside. As a parent and an outdoor play advocate, I think it is crucial to get more kids and adult to walk and bike safely in the communities.