Marcal Small Steps Review/Giveaway

This may shock some of you, but I’m not the most environmentally friendly person.  I do hate it when people litter….it literally drives me up the wall! (No pun intended.) And I do reuse all my plastic bags, and I  recycle aluminum and tin cans at my house.  And I’ve recently started saving glass jars and other containers so that I can use them for crafts or other purposes.  And I generally try to conserve water and electricity so my husband doesn’t faint when we get the utility bill.  Okay…maybe I am environmentally friendly!  However, I must confess, I do not use the term “green.” Though green is one of my favorite colors, the environmental term “green” drives me nuts! (Sorry!! I’m just being honest!)
But I care about environment (as per my examples above).  And I’m always willing to try “environmentally friendly” products.  Recently I introduced you to an environmentally friendly cleaning and personal care product company, and now I have the pleasure of introducing you to a company that specializes in 100% recycled paper products!  
Marcal Paper Products was established in 1950.  They pride themselves on being the first environmentally friendly paper company.  In 2009, Marcal Manufacturing introduced the Marcal Small Steps line of 100% recycled bath tissue, towels, napkins and facial tissue for both home consumption and to distributors for commercial use. These products deliver strong performance without the typical “green premium” cost. The name Small Steps signifies the small and easy steps toward making a difference in the world that you can make by using these recycled paper products.”
Small Steps line of paper products are:
•100% premium recycled paper
•Hypoallergenic
•Virtually Lint Free
•Free of Dyes and Fragrances
•Manufactured without Chlorine Bleaching
Recently I was given the opportunity to try some of the Marcal Small Steps products. I was excited when a large box was delivered to my house.  Inside was array of products: paper towels, facial tissue, two-ply bathroom tissue, one-ply bathroom tissue, and some napkins.
My favorite products were the napkins and paper towels.  We usually use paper towels for everything, but I think napkins are good for parties or for when you have people over, so I like to have them on hand.  The Marcal napkins were of a good quality, and I liked the texture.
I also liked the paper towels.  Personally I’ve never been very particular about paper towels.  We usually just buy whatever brand is on sale.  I like the thick, cloth-like, paper towels, but sometimes they are very linty, and I just don’t think they’re worth the extra money.  The Marcal Small Steps paper towels did a good job.  They had little hearts in the texture which I thought was cute.  And my favorite thing about them was the small size.  We usually use paper towels at meal time, and I find most of the time, we don’t really need a whole paper towel, so it’s good to have this smaller version, because you can always tear off more if you need it, and you don’t waste as much.  This is also great when it comes to cleaning.  Again, I’d find myself tearing off a traditional paper towel and thinking, “What a waste this is.  I only need about half of this or a third of this!”

Overall, I liked the Marcal Small Steps Products.  I liked that they were virtually lint free, and I was satisfied with the overall quality.  And the fact that they are made from 100% recycled paper is great plus!  Want to check them out?  Find a Store in your area.  You can also see how many trees you and your family can save by looking at this Tree Calculator.

Win it! One Simply Sweet Home reader will win a $25 Marcal Small Steps Starter pack! Your pack will include paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, and facial tissue. 

Giveaway Closed. Thanks for entering!

-Jerri
Full Disclosure:  I was not monetarily compensated for this post.  I was provided with several products from Marcal to review for this post.  The opinions posted here are mine.

Comments

  1. Debbi Smith says:

    I'm kinda like you, I recycle what I can but am not a fanatic about staying "green". I'm not a fan of that term either. This company sounds cool, I like how it is made from recycled paper and not trees. I checked out the website and I think they seem to be doing a great job. While I'm not the "greenist" person, I certainly agree with their views and the earth certainly will be better if more people act like that. Thanks for the info!

  2. Debbi Smith says:

    Oh, and I follow your blog and I plan to link up on Friday to Friday Favorites. I don't twitter and stuff though. I haven't figured out all that. Thanks again!

  3. They're almost 1/4th of the way to their goal of saving one million trees.
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  5. Rachel Lynn says:

    I don't consider myself to be very environmentally friendly either. I do things that I've done since I wan young just because that's how we've always done it. Like saving containers to reuse, and cmoposting, etc. But lately, I've been trying to do a little better, at least to reduce my costs.

    Something I've learned recently and saw repeated on the website, is that not just turning off, but unplugging can save energy and money. I've been unplugging everything that isn't in use around the house since the evening we participated in Earth Hour. I'm waiting for my next electric bill to see how much that has helped.

  6. Sweet and Savory says:

    All their paper is recycled not from trees.

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  10. I grew up in a paper industry town so I was suprised they could make all of the products without using any paper!!

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  11. lmurley2000 says:

    all their products are made from recycled paper

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  23. Haydensmommy05 says:

    Theyre products are made from 100% premium recycled paper!! Which is awesome its nice to have a product that you need to use be good for the enviroment!
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  34. Teisa Linscott says:

    They're almost 1/4th of the way to their goal of saving one million trees.

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  35. Stephanie says:

    I was really impressed to see that Marcal actually has lesson plans for teachers to teach about recycling. They really are working to spread the word!
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  36. I learned that their products are made from 100% recycle paper…not trees!

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  37. By using recycled materials Marcal has already saved over 22 million trees.

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  38. ohhhfire says:

    i learned that their products are made from 100% recycled materials
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  39. Kristen says:

    I learned that if every US family switched just one of their paper purchases to Marcal® Small Steps®, together we could Save 1 Million trees!

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  45. I learned that these products are made only from recycled paper. This is very important to me and my family.

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  46. jakiesmom says:

    my family could save 2 trees this yr by switching to marcal
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  48. oksana says:

    I like all Simply Sweet Home products, they are all so soft and so tender for skin!!!

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  50. one thing i learned that surprised me was that the company has been around since 1950!
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  56. bison61 says:

    I read that Marcal is an integral part of the northern New Jersey community. their company uses recyclables from local municipalities and recycling facilities for their paper recycling process.

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  57. Marci J says:

    I learned it's all 100% recycled
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  58. 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.

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  65. We recycle cans here and we try use junk mail and other paper scraps for other purposes. That is about it. I would love to help the environment a little more by using recycled paper products rather than cut down more trees. Great giveaway!

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  67. I tweeted about it! (It isn't letting me follow anyone though 🙁 )

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  70. Marcal has lessons plans for teachers! This is awesome. I am a substitute teacher and I am always looking for things to have at my finger tips in case the teacher doesn't leave enough for the students.

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