Monday, May 3, 2010

Marcal Small Steps - Review & Giveaway



I don't call myself "Heck Of A Bunch" for nothing. There's a bunch of us in my household and that can add up to a lot of waste. Between all the bathroom stops, runny noses, meals, and messes there seems to be a never ending need for paper products.

By using Marcal Small Steps paper products, my family can help save four trees after just one year. That gives me a peace of mind when we are constantly using paper towels, napkins, tissue, and toilet paper. Instead of harming the environment, we are helping ensure that trees can continue to thrive with Marcal Small Steps.


Marcal Small Steps was introduced in 2009 with their line of 100% recycled paper products. Most of the recycled paper comes from Township and Collection Agencies, and is primarily made up of used magazines, bulk mailings, office paper waste, and other scraps. Now that may sound a little odd or make you think their products are rough to use, but my family has been using it with no signs of roughness or scratchiness. We've found the facial tissue to be gentle on our noses, the paper towels easy to clean up messes, and the toilet paper to do its job on our behinds. For those with sensitivity to dyes and fragrances, it is good to know that no dyes or fragrances are used in the manufacturing of their products. There is no need for trees to be killed when there is a way for us to use paper products without harming the environment.



Win It!
One person will win a Marcal Starter Kit that includes an assortment of Marcel paper products - toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, and facial tissues.

Mandatory Entry:
Leave a comment with something you learned about Marcal Small Steps OR a product you'd like to try.

Extra Entries:
Find out how many trees you can save with the Tree Calculator and leave a comment with your results.
"Like" Marcal Small Steps on Facebook.
Sign up to receive email updates from Marcal Small Steps.
Follow Marcal Smell Steps on Twitter, MarcalSmallStep.
Follow me on Twitter, partymix25.
Tweet about this giveaway, leave a link to the tweet (can be done once daily).
Follow my blog.
Subscribe to my blog by email.
Add my button to your blog.
Blog about this giveaway, leave a link to the post (+3 entries).

Leave a separate comment for each entry and include your email address in the comments. Giveaway is open to residents of the USA. Giveaway ends 5/16/10 at 8 pm CST. Winner will be randomly drawn and will have 48 hrs. to respond to email notification or a new winner will be drawn.

I received products for review from Marcal. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.

178 comments:

ColleenMarie82 said...

I almost always buy their toilet paper. We love it in our family. I can never find any of their other products in our stores, I wish they sold the kleenex especially!

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ColleenMarie82 said...

we could save 20 trees after 26 years

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ColleenMarie82 said...

LIKE Marcal Small Steps on facebook

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Signed up for their newsletter

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ColleenMarie82 said...

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ColleenMarie82 said...

I follow you on Twitter as Halleleujahmom

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ColleenMarie82 said...

I follow on GFC

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Anonymous said...

The truth is you don't save any trees by using Marcal. And Marcal does much more harm to the environment than good. They are the biggest polluter in NJ, and have been fined almost a billion dollars by the EPA. They filed for bankruptcy to avoid having to pay this. Then they claimed to be "green" and earth friendly. What a joke. And you can look all this up. They recycle because it is cheaper to do so, then convince consumers they are helping the environment, to get them to buy an inferior product. It is a pure marketing ploy.
You want to help the environment? Use less paper. There are many ways to do so.

Busy Working Mama said...

I'd like to try their paper towels

Busy Working Mama said...

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ColleenMarie82 said...

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jakiesmom said...

they have saved 23 million trees since 2000
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jakiesmom said...

we could save 2 trees in 1 yr

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Tabathia said...

i'd like to try their facial tissues

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ohhhfire said...

i would like to try their paper towels, because i always feel wasteful when using paper towels
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ohhhfire said...

i learned that my household could save 7 trees in 5 years
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ohhhfire said...

i am a facebook fan of marcal
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ColleenMarie82 said...

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Darcie K. said...

I would love to try their napkins and paper towel
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Darcie K. said...

I would save 19 trees
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Darcie K. said...

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Darcie K. said...

I follow Marcal Small Step on Twitter
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Anonymous said...

I'd like to try the paper towels--my husband goes through a ton.

Thanks for the chance to win!

--Liza

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Grace said...

I would like to try the facial tissue. I have seen the TP in stores but not the facial tissue.

Great giveaway---

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sandyandcosmo said...

I have allergies and would love to try their facial tissues.

Lois S said...

I am interested in trying the toilet paper, paper towels napkins and facial tissue

I learned that by running your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full, you can save up to 1,000 gallons a month. We already do that, but with only two people, I don't think our savings comes near that.

Lois S said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/ljshores/status/13582905128

Emily said...

i would like to try the tp
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Emily said...

after 20 years, 26 trees!!
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Emily said...

i like marcal on fb!
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Jolee said...

Have tried the TP and PT and would love to try the tissues. Great giveaway. Thanks! joleehamlin@comcast.net

Jolee said...

17 trees, 10 years. wow. joleehamlin@comcast.net

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Margie said...

100% of the Small Steps® products are made from 100% premium recycled paper, not trees.
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Margie said...

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Margie said...

From the calculator....
with 2 people, we can save 9 trees in 10 years.
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Megan: said...

I love that they have no dyes or perfumes! Perfect for my sensitive skin and it helps the environment! It was really neat to read about this company. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Marci J said...

facial tissues
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Lois S said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/ljshores/status/13637349503

Anonymous said...

I never even heard of Marcal small steps products before! This would be a great addition to using disposable tableware made from corn and 100% compostable. Thanks for the introduction.

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Elaine said...

I'd love to try their facial tissues!

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Lois S said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/ljshores/status/13696960433

Lois S said...

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17AFTER 20 YEARS

Lois S said...

I follow Marcal on Twitter ljshores

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I signed up for email updates from Marcal

Lois S said...

I like Marcal Small Steps on Facebook Lois Shores

Isi and Jas' mom said...

I have been wanting to try their toilet paper
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Isi and Jas' mom said...

We could save 2 trees in 1 year
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Isi and Jas' mom said...

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Isi and Jas' mom said...

I am a follower
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Isi and Jas' mom said...

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Erin H said...

I have never seen Marcal products in stores here. I would love to try them!!!

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Erin H said...

I like Marcal on facebook.

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Erin H said...

I signed up for email updates from marcal.

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Erin H said...

We can save 43 trees after 20 years.

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Erin H said...

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Erin H said...

I have your button in my left sidebar.

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Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice said...

I hate the fact hat we g thru so much paper goods at our house. I love that their paper towels are 100% recycled.

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice said...

after one year we would have 2 trees

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice said...

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Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice said...

tweeted!

ColleenMarie82 said...

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Lois S said...

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Traci66 said...

Save your coffee grinds. You can use them as fertilizer for your plants.
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Traci66 said...

I am a childcare provider and I used the tree calculator to see how many trees we could save. We could save 6 in 1 year. That's crazy.
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amanda said...

i'd like to try the paper towels.
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ColleenMarie82 said...

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Lois S said...

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Shaiha said...

I was really impressed when I read that they have been working on helping the environment for over 60 years.

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Shaiha said...

There is just two in my family so we can only save 1 tree in a year

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Shaiha said...

I liked Marcel Small Steps on facebook

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Shaiha said...

I follow you on twitter

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oksana said...

I have learned that for over five decades, Marcal has been saving the environment and trees and reducing landfill by making their paper products from recycled paper. Marcal uses paper collected from curbs in residential neighborhoods in cities and towns across America–from the small blue baskets in office buildings, unwanted junk mail, and waste from printers–all in an effort to do something good, to produce something that people need.


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Lois S said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/ljshores/status/13948763209

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I get a laugh out of this FAQ question : "No, Marcal Small Steps does not recycle used Toilet Paper. Consumers dispose of these items either in septic or sewage systems or in trash, none of which are collected for recycling." *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

My household could save 1 tree after 1 year, 5 trees after 5 years, 9 trees after 10 years, and 17 trees after 20 years.
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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I like Marcal Small Steps on Facebook
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amweeks said...

I learned that Marcal has developed four free lesson plans that teachers can use to educate and inspire their students to take an active role in living a sustainable life!

amweeks said...

Our family of 4 can save 2 trees after 1 year!

amweeks said...

I'm a Marcal Small Steps facebook fan! (Annmarie Dipasqua Weeks)

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lmurley2000 said...

i would like to try their facial tissue

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lmurley2000 said...

we could save 26 trees over a 20 year period

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CindyWindy2003 said...

I'd like to have their bath tissue, carawling(at)hotmail(Dot)com

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Lois S said...

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Frugal Science Gal said...

I would love to try the paper towels!

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hollowsins said...

I would like to try the paper towels
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pixie13 said...

I would love to try their napkins.

pixie13 said...

34 trees after 20 years.

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Amanda said...

I learned that they have four free lesson plans for teachers on their website! That is a really cool resource!
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Amanda said...

34 Trees could be saved over 20 years!
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Kristen said...

I'd like to try their tissues to see if they really are soft!

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Lois S said...

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DEBIJOT said...

I would like to try their napkins

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Jamie said...

I learned that Marcal is a pioneer in the recycling industry, producing recycled paper products for more than 50 years.

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bidetsprayerman said...

I know a way to save more on toilet paper than any coupon or special. This covers all the bases = saves you money, helps the environment, helps your health, makes you feel better, it's so easy to do and it costs less than $50.00; Save money and the Earth and be clean at the same time! Add Bathroom Bidet Sprayers to all your bathrooms. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: "if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn't wipe it off with paper, would you? You'd wash it off” Available at www.bathroomsprayers.com with these you won't even need toilet paper any more, just a towel to dry off! Don’t worry, you can still leave some out for guests and can even make it the soft stuff without feeling guilty. It's cheap and can be installed without a plumber; and runs off the same water line to your toilet. You'll probably pay for it in a few months of toilet paper savings. As for water use a drought is always a concern and must be dealt with prudently but remember the water use of industrial users far exceeds the water use of household users and in the case of toilet paper manufacture it is huge. The pollution and significant power use from that manufacturing process also contributes to global warming so switching to a hand bidet sprayer and lowering your toilet paper use is very green in multiple ways.