The Green Thirteen #3: Marcal Small Steps Review and Giveaway (Ends 11/29) CLOSED

Saturday, November 14, 2009 Posted by Dina N



In the past couple of years, we have reduced substantially our use of paper products at my house. Using dish rags in the kitchen and cloth napkins in the dining room are just little things my family does to help the environment. And while I do not see us giving up toilet tissue anytime soon, there are greener alternatives out there that save trees and energy.

I came across one company that has been helping consumers take small green steps for the past 50 years. Marcal Manufacturing has been making paper products from paper, not from trees, since 1950. This year, they launched Small Steps, a line of household products made from 100% recycled paper. Small Steps uses recycled magazines, junk mail, printers waste, and office paper. It's good to know that the recycling bin I fill every week is put to good use!

I received a Marcal Small Steps starter kit containing all their household products: facial tissue, napkins, paper towels, and bath tissue. I love that all these products are virtually link-free and whitened without chlorine bleaching. They are also hypoallergenic and without added dye or fragrances.

My favorite product from the Small Steps line are the paper towels. They are absorbent, half-sheet perforated, and have cute little hearts on them. The toilet tissue is on the thin side which I prefer because the rolls last much longer. It's not as soft as some national brands but to me, this is not an issue. Actually, it's a small price to pay in exchange of knowing that this product is made entirely from recycled paper.

The everyday napkins and dinner napkins are comparable to other brands I've seen. The facial tissues come in a rectangular or a square box. Similarly to the toilet tissue, these are not as soft as other brands but do the job just as well.

Overall, if I had to use paper products, I would choose Marcal Small Steps over other brands for ecological reasons. To use a line from the company's materials, they deliver on the three Ps: performance, price, and the planet.

The Giveaway
Now you have a chance to try all the household products from the Marcal Small Steps - for free! One reader of this blog will receive the same Small Steps starter kit that I reviewed.

To enter, please visit Marcal Small Steps and comment below where you can purchase their products.

For extra entries, do any or all of the following:
  • follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway – you can do this once a day, feel free to copy and paste: "Win a Marcal Small Steps starter kit at the Green Thirteen #Giveaway Event! #eco @aitmama @marcalsmallstep http://tinyurl.com/yzm3m9y" ;
  • follow @marcalsmallstep on twitter;
  • follow Marcal Small Steps on facebook;
  • spread the word about my Green Thirteen blogging event;
  • go here for additional ways to get extra entries.
The deadline to enter is November 29, 2009, 11:59pm EST. A winner will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to get back to me, or an alternate will be chosen. Open to those with mailing addresses in the U.S. The winner will receive their prize directly from the sponsor.

Good luck! 

* Apart from the starter kit I received for review, no compensation - monetary or in kind - has been provided for this post. *

214 comments:

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  1. furygirl3132 said...

    I used to be able to find Marcal Small Steps products at my local Meijer store here in Muskegon, MI but for some reason they don't carry them anymore. The closest store to get them now is Kroger in Lansing, MI, which unfortunately is across the state. Thank you so much for such a wonderful giveaway!

    Eloise
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  2. furygirl3132 said...

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  10. Nancy said...

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  11. Nancy said...

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  12. Nancy said...

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  13. Mari said...

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  19. Pricilla said...

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  20. Pricilla said...

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  27. JC said...

    I can purchase at Rainbow.

  28. JC said...

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  29. JC said...

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  44. Rejoice In Saving said...

    I can purchase them at Big Y

  45. Rejoice In Saving said...

    I am now following Marcal Small Steps on twitter

  46. Rejoice In Saving said...

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  47. Rejoice In Saving said...

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  48. cdziuba said...

    I can purchase them at my local Foodtown in Wayne, NJ



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  49. cdziuba said...

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  60. lisa said...

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  68. { Mom of 3 Dolls } said...

    I can't get the Marcal anywhere locally. I couldn't find where you could buy them online either!

  69. { Mom of 3 Dolls } said...

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  76. Tamara B. said...

    I can find them at my Naval Commissary and Publix.
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  77. Tamara B. said...

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  78. Tamara B. said...

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  79. Tamara B. said...

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  80. Tamara B. said...

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  81. Tamara B. said...

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  84. Mari said...

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  86. Anonymous said...

    The web site only lists Hornbacher's for my zip code, but I've purchased the paper towels at our local KMart. I look forward to trying their other products, too!
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  87. catss99 said...

    I can get them at
    KROGER 201 S MAIN ST
    EAST PEORIA IL 61611
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  88. Mari said...

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  89. coriwestphal said...

    I can get Marcal products at Kmart about 15 minutes from me!

  90. coriwestphal said...

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  91. ms mel said...

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  92. ms mel said...

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  93. Leslie said...

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  94. Leslie said...

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  98. Leslie said...

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  99. Leslie said...

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  100. Nancy said...

    I just bought the paper towels, napkins and TP the other day at Farm Fresh. I haven't tried any of them yet.

  101. Leslie said...

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  102. Nancy said...

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  110. Anonymous said...

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  122. Mari said...

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  123. mim said...

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    BROOKLINE MA 02446

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  165. Tami said...

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  166. Benita said...

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  171. JenniferB said...

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  172. JenniferB said...

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  189. Virginia C said...

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