Our Top 5 Easy Eco Tips and Our Giveaway Winners Round Out Earth Week.

bagsThe other day I was talking to a friend on the phone. I heard the water running in the background and asked her what she was doing. “Brushing my teeth,” she replied in a muffled voice. The fact that she was talking to me on the telephone while performing her morning hygiene rituals, did not phase me in the least. What bugged me was the fact that she had left the water running while she was brushing her teeth. This prompted me to start asking other people if they do the same. Astoundingly, of the 14 people who I asked, 7 of them admitted to leaving the water running the entire time they are brushing their teeth. I couldn’t believe it.

In my eco-concious ignorance, I had thought that these long suggested and super simple things we could do to reduce waste, save money, and conserve resources, were commonplace for everyone. It’s second nature at my house to shut off the water right after your wet your toothbrush. You put it back on when you need to rinse. I do it. My kids do it. They don’t know any other way. So, in rounding out this week’s Earth Day topic, I thought we’d remind every one of a few ridiculously easy, back to basics, things you can do to make Earth Day everyday. These are literally 5 of the easiest things you can do to be green, without really disturbing your daily routine or costing you a dime (in fact most save money).

faucetRun away. As I mentioned, turning off the water while you are brushing your teeth is such an easy way to save on your water bill and conserve water. Why literally allow money to flow down the drain? If you brush for just 2 minutes, that’s about 10 gallons of extra water you are paying for. Multiply that by two or three times per day, per person, and that’s a nice chunk of change. Some may take this a step further and turn it off while lathering up their hands before rinsing or turning the shower off while putting on shampoo and conditioner. But, baby steps is all I am asking for.

Turn it off. I am always amazed when I see people leaving their car running while they run into the post office, the convenience store, or to grab their kids from school. Despite the popular belief that it uses more gas and energy to shut off and restart your car, unless you are literally going to be less than one minute, it is more efficient to turn the car off and restart it when you return. Not to mention, it is a lot safer too. If leaving your car unlocked is practically an invitation to get your belongings taken, imagine what leaving your car running with the keys in it says?

Snip it. Remember years ago when there was big controversy about cutting those plastic rings that come on multi packs of your favorite beverages? There was lots of talk about marine and wild life were getting caught in the rings and suffocating, choking, or dying of starvation as a result. Everyone (mostly) diligently snipped their rings. And then it just seemed to stop. Out of sight out of mind I guess? Well, the risk is still real, and it is still there. So go ahead and start snipping again. Or better yet, don’t buy things that come with those plastic ring holders. I haven’t had to snip a ring in about 5 years.

batteriesCharge it. People seem to have forgotten that it is not safe to toss batteries into the trash. Or maybe they never got the memo. In either case, this is a real basic. Batteries contain mercury and will leak into ground water and soil, or be released into the air, when discarded and placed in landfills. Simply put, store used batteries in a safe, clearly labeled box or container, until they can be taken to a local recycling facility. A better basic? Rechargeable batteries. It’s easy and money-saving too.

Eggs-actly. Here is one so old, so well-known, that to this day it still blows my mind when I see people purchasing styrofoam. Styrofoam will never biodegrade. Seriously. That egg carton you bought back in March of 1974, it’s still sitting, fully intact in some landfill somewhere. Now multiply that by the 41 million other styrofoam egg cartons purchased back in March of 1974 alone. The picture is not pretty. Now, who can blame you really? Back in ’74, your options were pretty limited. But I cringe when I see someone opt for the styrofoam plates, packaging, or egg cartons, when the much safer, greener, and earth-friendly paper or cardboard options are sitting right next to them on the shelves. In fact, it kind of blows me away that they even still make them. So please, ditch the styrofoam. It’s just not okay. Tips like recycling and using cloth or canvas bags seem to always stay at the forefront of conversation, so it’s easy to remember to do these things. But these 5 tips I have shared with you, are tried and true, oldies but goodies, that seem to have slipped through the cracks. It’s time to bring them back. After all, being eco-friendly and environmentally conscious never goes out of style.

And speaking of style… it’s time to give away our stylish and fun reusable shopping bags! Thank you for your feedback, and for sharing the things that you do to be more environmentally conscious. We hope that this week served to remind you that we are truly all in this together!
You’re winners are:
Jill, Keith and Emily.

Winners: We will attempt to contact you via our site and our Facebook page. Please contact us by email oneunifiedblog@gmail.com or on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/oneunified to claim your prize!

Food For Thought. A Week of Culinary Interviews Begins with Our Launch Party Winners and One More Giveaway!

Our giveaway party may be over, but our project keeps rolling on. Talking to people, asking questions, and collecting stories, is becoming a part of our everyday lives. The new website is just one small change in a process that for us seems to be ever evolving. It starts with a thought. A single stroke of inspiration; an idea, a word, a commercial on t.v., a holiday, a story on the news, the suggestion of a friend…”I wonder what people would think about that?” And a topic, a theme is born. Most people want to tell their stories. Most people want to be heard. And for most people, it’s human nature to want to listen. We’re betting on the idea that if we can get people talking, you’ll be willing to listen.
This past week we wanted to reward you for sticking with us through the move, or for checking in for the first time, or sharing us with a friend. And your responses were great. And today we have the winners of all of our giveaways! We’ll post these on our Facebook as well, and we’ll reach out with the contact information provided. And the winners are… The winner of the session with Reiki Master, Heather Olsen is… Melanie Musicant. The winner of the $200 photo session with SNAP Photography is… Lauren Kusznir. The winner of the $25 iTunes gift card is… Patricia Kunkle. The winner of the air duct and vent cleaning service (value at $145) is… Ashley Kolpak. The winner of the subscription to Philadelphia Magazine is… Caroline Conway. The winner of the personalized hand-stamped bracelet is… Beth Palmerchuck. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you for visiting and entering! All of our winners were drawn by Rafflecopter and by Random dot org.

Please be sure to check out all of fabulous prize sponsors by clicking the SPONSORS link on our home page! This information will be on our Facebook page as well. All entrants have 48 hours from contact to claim their prize before an alternate winner is selected. And just because we can’t stop the party… We’re cooking up some great stuff for you this week. And speaking of cooking up stuff…. we’ve got still one more giveaway for you! Check it out: We’re giving away a copy of Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 900 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More.

roadfoodNow it’s in 9th edition, this very cool book is a must have guide to the most one-of-a-kind dining establishments from coast to coast. It’s got something for everyone from Maine to Monterey. And all you have to do to be entered to win this copy is to leave a comment below and tell us what’s your favorite kind of food and your favorite place to eat it! Stuck on seafood? Mad about Mexican? Let us know. And if you know of a great, little known spot anywhere across this great big country, let us know that too! The contest will stay open until we can’t take another bite… or Sunday at 6 p.m., whichever comes first. So, start commenting and good luck to you. We hope you’ll enjoy all we have to offer this week. So, let’s get cooking!

Relaunch Party Day 7: It’s Almost Over. Last Giveaway Before the Official Launch Tomorrow!

RelaunchPartyNEWWe’ve had a wonderful week of giveaways and of introducing you to our new site. We hope you are finding your way around okay. If you haven’t entered into our previous giveaways, today is your absolutely last LAST CHANCE! We’ll be selecting the winners of ALL of our giveaways at midnight tonight, so hurry! The winners will all be notified once every winner has been chosen. You can enter to win them all:

A session with Reiki Master Practitioner, Heather Olsen- Valued at $60 here.

A $200 Professional session with Kate Clarke of SNAP Photography here.

A $25 iTunes gift card sponsored by Dirt Devils, LLC Cleaning Co. here.

A $145 service package from Scott’s Air Duct and Dryer Vent Cleaning here.

A one (1) year subscription to Philadelphia Magazine here.

And today’s giveaway is most definitely a favorite…handstampeda custom hand stamped aluminum cuff skinny bangle bracelet from Stamped Expressions! Of course ours would say The One Unified Project… but yours can say anything you want it to! Your name, your kids names, a favorite quote or song lyric…you name it- if it fits, it can be hand stamped. Hand stamped jewelry has been a huge trend for the last few years and shows no sign of going away. Just make sure you enterstamped quickly… our last giveaway ends tonight! This one would make a nice birthday or Mother’s Day gift too!

To enter, go over to our Facebook page and “like’ us. Then enter your name in the comments section below so we can verify your entry. And boom! You are entered. SO easy! Already like us on Facebook? Well, leave your name in the comments below for that too! And maybe tell a friend about the contest. Consider that an entry on us.
(You must be a new or current follower of our Facebook page AND leave your name in the comments section below so we can verify your entry in order to win this one.)

Good luck on this and on ALL of our giveaways! The next time we see you, we’ll have all of our winners selected. Stay with us, because even though our launch party is ending, our new site, The One Unified Project will be officially open for business!

Thank you all for joining the party. See you soon and good luck!

Relaunch Party Giveaway Day 6: A Tribute to Our Roots.

RelaunchPartyNEWAnother day, another giveaway!
Our new site is here! And despite some technical and design changes, a little expansion, and a whole lot of new ideas, we still have the same mission. We ask questions and we get answers from a variety of people in a variety of circumstances. It’s the key to understanding our similarities and accepting and learning from our differences.
While we hope that with our new site, and our new reach, we will be able to obtain a broader scope for our vision, we have no intentions of forgetting where the site, and its staff, got our start.

phillymagWe come from Philadelphia. Most (though not all) of the people who have been a part of our project thus far have been Philly born, Philly based, or somehow have other ties to the area. No matter where our project takes us, we’re taking our city, our home, with us. So what better way to celebrate the next to last day of our relaunch party then to pay homage to our roots?

Simply take our survey AND leave your name in the comments section so we know who you are and you’ll be entered to win a one year subscription to Philadelphia magazine! If you’re from our fair city, it will keep you in touch with everything Philly, and if not, you’ll enjoy reading about the culture, history, lifestyle, and people of the city of brotherly love. But hurry! Remember all of our giveaways end when the blog party is over! If you haven’t been following along, it all ends on Sunday, March 1st at midnight! That’s tomorrow! ALL of our winners will be announced Monday on our site, and on our Facebook page, so be sure to drop by and like us if you haven’t yet!

Relaunch Party Giveaway Day 5: Sponsored by Scott’s Air Duct and Dryer Vent Cleaning.

This party keeps rolling on. RelaunchPartyNEWWe hope you are loving the new site. We think it is easier to navigate, cleaner, brighter, and more organized than before. And we just love our new custom-made header on the front page. Perhaps you might even see a few familiar faces there, as it is all people whom we have featured on previous occasions.

We’re having such a good time sharing all of these giveaways with you! We hope you’ve entered to win them all. We hate to see it come to an end this weekend, but we are really excited to find out who is getting all of the prizes we’ve offered this week.

And now that we have you here, we are anxious to get back to all of the amazing people we are fortunate enough to talk to each and every day. And we’ll do just that when our party comes to an end this Sunday night. But in the meantime, we’ve still got a couple more giveaways up our sleeves as well as a message from the most recent of our generous sponsors:

Did you know that your dryer exhaust line is a fire hazard and can pose a serious risk to you and your family? According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths, and 310 injuries due to dryer exhaust duct fires.
That is why we are so pleased to offer our next prize… because we want to keep our readers and their families safe and sound this winter and beyond.

The winner of this giveaway will receive a complete dryer vent cleaning package that includes the length of the exhaust line (from the point of the dryer to the point of exit), to ensure proper air flow. It also includes the cleaning of your dryer’s internal lint trap including the motor and heating elements. TheGiveawayDryerVent value of this package is $145.00! (Yes, this is another one for our local pals. But distant friends, we’ve got you covered tomorrow- promise.)

And entering could not be easier. Just click on the Rafflecopter giveaway link below. And be sure to check out our sponsor’s website for vent and air duct cleaning services that remove dust, bacteria, mold, and pet hair, reduce high energy bills, and can help provide relief for allergy sufferers.


We’ll see you all back here tomorrow for Day 6 of our Giveaway Relaunch Party!

Relaunch Party Giveaway Day 4: iTunes Sponsored by Dirt Devils, LLC

The party rolls on! Hopefully you’ve been entering
and enjoying our relaunch party and giveaways! RelaunchPartyNEWCheck out all of this week’s contests if you have not already. One of the things we wanted for our project, our website, was for it to be as interactive as possible.
The best part of this endeavor for us is talking to people, learning about people. We’re creating a dialogue, a discussion, where perhaps otherwise there might not be one. We want to connect people. And we want to connect with you. Your voice is important. What you have to say is important. Tell us what you think today!
Follow the contest entry form below and post your comment, and you can win another $25.00 iTunes gift card. This one is provided courtesy of Dirt Devils, LLC, a commercial and residential cleaning service based in Bucks County, PA and Southern
New Jersey.
Want even more dialogue and interaction? How about just more chances to win? Check out the opportunities for bonus entries on the entry form!

Good luck and keep on enjoying the party!


*Disclosure: One of the founders of this site is co-owner of the provider of today’s giveaway prize*

Relaunch Party Giveaway Day 3: Sponsored by Kate Clarke and SNAP Photography.

We’re settling nicely into our new home and ourRelaunchPartyNEW
relaunch giveaway party keeps rolling along.

Today we’re happy to give you the opportunity to enter to win an amazing photography package from sponsor, Kate Clarke of SNAP Photography.
The winner will receive a professional photo session that includes all sitting fees, proofs, editing, 1 11×14 print, 2 8×10 prints, and 4 5×7 prints. An amazing prize package valued at $200!
This one is only open to locals folks! (Philly metro/5 county area) But don’t despair visitors from afar, you have the rest of the week to get in on the action as the giveaway party continues all week long.

So, how do we win you’re asking?
Simple… just follow the directions on the entry form below. Remember, the more you enter, the more likely you are to win. Don’t forget to read the official rules, just in case. And thank you again, so much, for supporting this project and checking out our new home.