Sunday, April 12, 2009

Xeko - Be a (cute) Force of Nature

Did you know that Earth Day is right around the corner? Do you have plans to celebrate the day with your family? We typically head downtown, where the city throws a HUGE festival full of green goodies and and eco-friendly adventure.

Today, we're having fun getting the celebration started a bit early with our favorite soy stuffed endangered species - "Hairy the Lemur" from Xeko. Hairy is a hairy-eared dwarf lemur from Madagascar; he's is life-sized (these lemurs are about the size of a softball in real life).

Who's Hairy? Hairy is part of the online adventure world of Xeko, where it is your mission to make a difference and save the plants biodiversity. In the world of Xeko, children learn important ecological concepts in a fun, educational way. Each Xeko Pal comes with a Mission Code, which gives unlimited play of the that animals game at xeko.com.

GET YOUR OWN: (with a coupon): Xeko Pals and Official Xeko gear can be purchased online. Use coupon code: gogreen and receive %15 off your total purchase. Coupon is valid through 10/31/09.

WIN YOUR OWN: The folks at Xeko are throwing a huge Earth Day bash and want you to be a part of it. They are giving away one Xeko Pal ($16.95) to a lucky Simple reader. To be eligible, leave us a comment letting us know one "green" tip you practice in your home.

Winner will be selected at random and notified on Earth Day, April 22.

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108 comments:

  1. I stopped using paper twoels!

    mj.coward[at]gmail.com

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  2. I use tote bags for my groceries, no more paper or plastic. cdziuba@aol.com

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  3. buy bulk it cuts down on refuse mverno@roadrunner.com

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  4. My husband has to have a glass of water by the bed. He never finishes it and I often find a second glass on the night stand. I will take whatever water is left and dump it in the dog dish. We are paying for it and I hate to dump it down the drain!

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  5. Turn off the lights when not in use, unplug the computer and Tv everynight. We compost daily

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  6. Turn off the lights when not in use, unplug the computer and Tv everynight. We compost daily

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  7. We have a compost bin for yard and kitchen waste.

    reinydey@gmail.com

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  8. I use compact flourescent bulbs. They last years no exaggeration.

    freakfaceone@yahoo.com

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  9. I've switched to green cleaning products and recycle more than I used to.

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  10. I use those long-lasting light bulbs, and I make sure to recycle and/or reuse containers when I can.

    NyueL113@yahoo.com

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  11. I substitute baking soda and vinegar for many cleaning products that have harsh chemicals in them. It is better for the environment and for my family!

    wordsmoveme(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I love to recycle.

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  13. We carpool, conserve water and lights, compost, use grass clippings and leaves for mulch, and use green bags for our shopping.

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  14. I stopped buying plastic water bottles, we now carry BPA free bottles everywhere

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  15. We live in a tropical place, so we grow our own bananas on the front lawn! Our piece of land is itty bitty, but luckily it doesn't take much ;)

    jungletwins at gmail dot com

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  16. We've installed the energy saving lightbulbs and We've gone back to tap water,saving the landfill thousands of plastic bottles.

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  17. We use cloth napkins and rags for cleaning. No paper!
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

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  18. We a lot in our household to live a greener life. We use our own bags for groceries, filter water in reusable bottles, and recycle are just a few things.

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  19. I try to use hand towels in the kitchen so we go through less paper towels. I also try to recycle by keeping a pile of recyclables by the back door for DH to take out each night.

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  20. I just bought a water faucet filter and will start drinking tap water again. No more bottled water. All our light bulbs are energy efficient and we only use cloth bags.

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  21. We try to repurpose as many as possible so we don't create too much trash. We've been using our egg cartons to start our seedlings. thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

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  22. Haha--so cute!

    We use almost no paper towels. We clean with soap and water, with sponges and dishrags :)

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  23. I compost and recycle!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  24. We recycle everything we can. We also turn out the lights. THank you!
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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  25. We make a habit of turning off the water when we brush our teeth.

    lil_wifey21 at yahoo dot com

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  26. we replaced our lightbulbs with the new cfl ones. we also recycle and are now starting our own compost bin.

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  27. We buy in bulk, save money, gas, and trips to the grocery.

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  28. we use the compact light bulbs, they have lowered our energy bill. we use reusable bags, try to use less water, and use kill switches on tv ects.

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  29. I use reusable grocery bags for each shopping trip.

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  30. We use recycled paper products and we have a low flow toilet.

    grammykayg@gmail.com

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  31. We recycle and compost.

    Thank you,
    src1964@gmail.com

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  32. We use our own bags whenever we shop.

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  33. We have a variety of reusable shopping bags and keep a box in the trunk for groceries and shopping.

    Thank you,
    babydoveg@gmail.com

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  34. We are beginning to use reuseable shopping bags at the grocery as well as energy efficient light bulbs.
    medleyfamily3 at yahoo dot com

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  35. We do quite a few things but one that many people have said they'd never thought of is we use cloth napkins.
    teriannm AT gmail DOT com

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  36. bought some new fancy green power strips!

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  37. We have tons of recycling every week!

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  38. we are composting and growing as much of the produce we can in our yard

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  39. We don't buy disposable plates anymore. We also recycle all things paper and magazine like, especially the junk mail.

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  40. We use reusable grocery bags instead of paper/plastic.

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  41. About a year ago we started carrying our own reusable shopping totes and we've stuck with it.

    seeclouise@gmail.com

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  42. Christina - xristya@rock.com - I walk instead of driving, recycle, reuse junk mail envelopes for lists, use hand towels in the kitchen and never paper towels, and try to do everything green that I can!

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  43. We always compost our kitchen scraps with our leaves and grass clippings. It saves on garbage and helps fertilize our gardens. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  44. JeansandTs@hotmail.com
    My favorite "green" tip isthat vinegar will clean ANYTHING. Seriously, it will. Put a glass dish of vinegar in your microwave about 30 minutes before you clean it out. All the burnt on and splattered stains will come right off and it even disinfects the oven as you go!

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  45. We use cloth bags, recycle and compost.

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  46. We only use natural fertilizers and pesticides in our garden.

    whammo21g@gmail.com

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  47. Everyone in the house has to unplug any electrical appliance that aren't in use.

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  48. we recycle and use our own shopping tote bags. yyeres(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. We use reusable shopping bags and we recycle

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  50. My green tip I re-use butter, cool whip, etc. contianers to store my leftovers. They work just as well as Tupperwares and I keep them from entering landfills.
    THANKS

    jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  51. Ive started a compost.
    saidera1 at gmail dot com

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  52. We use energy saving light bulbs in our house. Thank you.

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. we turn off lights we aren't using. Unplug items not in use.

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  54. We recycle everything possible and use energy efficient light bulbs.

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  55. I use three-way lamps! They make it easier to keep lighting levels low when bright light is not necessary!

    Thanks for the 'great' giveaway offering!

    Please, include me in your drawing!

    Good luck to all!

    leandrew_taylor@yahoo.com

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  56. we have a compost and we reuse.

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  57. We use cloth napkins to cut down on paper waste.

    mdhohn(at)msn(dot)com

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  58. I take reusable totes for shopping!

    autielady[at]live.com

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  59. I use rechargable batteries and recycle as much as possible. I also pass on magazines to friends and drive a fuel efficient car.

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  60. We recycle and we have replaced our lightbulbs.

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  61. we use green cleaning products. Which is so much better for our world and has made my ashma less active also. We also have started a compost and recycle whenever we can

    souldolphindream@aol.com

    thanks

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  62. The first green thing I did in my home was so simple. I changed our light bulbs from traditional kind to the energy saving, twisty looking light bulb. That was easy.
    harmonden[at]wowway[dot]com

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  63. The whole family has stainles steel water bottles - no more bottled water. Cheaper for us, tap water is just as good where we live and no more bottles in the landfill (or energy wasted on reusing them somehow). Everybody wins.

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  64. We unplug electrical items when not in use

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  65. Just one.. mmm we use totes to shop but AT home we green ways to clean... ie sometimes we use lemons or baking soda for cleaner..

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  66. We replaced almost all our bulbs with energy efficient ones

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  67. all our small appliances are kept unplugged until we need to use them, also we turn off all ceiling fans

    bonbennett at earthlink dot net

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  68. We cut up old towels and sheets to use as rags so we don't waste paper towels! We also use reusable grocery totes!

    twincere[at]hotmail.com

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  69. We hang our clothes up to dry. I have an indoor and an outdoor line.

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  70. i do not drink bottle water, i refuse to. i think its wasteful.
    i drink it from the filter on my tap.also when i leave a room i shut the lights off. thier is no point in being on if im not coming back to room for a hour or more.

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  71. we have a rain barrel for watering our garden.

    heatherbland@hotmail.com

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  72. We dry our clothes on a clothesline for as much of the year as possible.

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  73. We are practicing the "Three R's": Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

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  74. I keep the heat low and wear lots of layers - plus I run the fans when it is hot so the A/C doesn't come on as much!
    Thanks
    Sarah
    believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

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  75. We use green cleaning products.

    jessi137 (at) hotmail dot)com

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  76. We regularly recycle everything possible :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
    blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

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  77. I replaced all my lightbulbs with CFLs, and use filtered water instead of bottled. Thanks so much for the chance to win!


    sasquatch1bmf[at]gmail[dot]com

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  78. I grow my own fruit, veggies and herbs :)

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  79. Make sure to recycle anything, esp newspapers.

    Thanks for the chance (:
    I`ll keep my fingers crossed!

    shaw(dot)collin(at)gmail(dot)com

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  80. we use cloth napkins, only shop with cloth bags and reuse rags instead of all those paper towels.

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  81. We hand wash our dishes and only wash clothing in cold water.Thanks!

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  82. We have replaced most of our lighbulbs with the newest ones that use less electricity and are better for the enviornment.

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  83. well, we use cloth napkins and reusable totes at grocery store

    sherri
    beachcombermom2004@yahoo.com

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  84. I put some of my garbage in a compost for my garden.

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  85. We trn off lights when they arent being used, recycle and try to walk where we need to go when we can.

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  86. switch to cfl bulbs now!
    timgus at cox dot net

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  87. Thanks for the contest! bahjeep@aol.com

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  88. We use reusable shopping bags.

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  89. We make sure everything is turned off when it is not being used!
    heatherstamper09@aol.com

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  90. I recycle everything that is recyclable. I am also conscious of energy use. Try not to use more energy than necessary. Thank you.

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  91. I turn my hot water heater off at the breaker box when not need!

    I turn it on 15 minutes before I need hot water.

    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  92. In our home, we unplug all appliances when we aren't using them: the toaster, chargers, CD players, lamps, toys, even the computer!
    Cassie
    cjm92995@yahoo.com

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  93. Instead of purchasing bottled water, I purchased a stainless steel bottle and refill it with filtered water. Saving me money and helping the environment.

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  94. I'm working on switching out my cleaning products for eco-friendly ones. They work as well and aren't full of nasty chemicals.

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  95. We recycle, reuse as much as we can; we use cloth grocery bags; eco-friendly cleaning products, just to name a few! :)

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  96. We've started composting our kitchen waste.

    Thank you,
    eppsiebell@hotmail.com

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  97. We use reusable shopping bags

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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  98. I have this wonderful book that claims that you can clean your house for pennies a day. I have tried a lot of the hints and they really work. There is an added bonus. Most of the hints use only natural products that don't hurt the environment.

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  99. We are installing a solar heating solution for our pool next month to replace the small furnace that currently does the trick.

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