Sunday, June 27, 2010

Green Product Review and Giveaway: Way Basics Spin Cubes Recycled Furniture & $25 Franklin Goose Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Welcome to the Green Organic Family's eco-friendly new home!  As we blogged about in Part 1 and Part 2, our family has been busy making green transformations and settling into our new house.  It's still taking time to find the right places for all of our stuff, but thankfully, the great people at Franklin Goose came to our rescue with a fabulous eco-friendly storage solution: Spin Cubes by Way Basics!

Green Organic Girl's new bedroom is now twice as large as her old one, with plenty of room to stretch out and play.  The first thing we did was to take her to the Home Depot, where she picked out her favorite choice of FreshAire brand no-VOC paint, in Pink Reef.  It's a lovely, soft, pale pink that's perfect for a little girl, yet soothing enough for a bedroom color.  We love it!  

To match the pink theme in Green Organic Girl's bedroom, we turned to the green-minded team of experts at Franklin Goose, a great online store with "Everything for your organic baby & family".  This site is a definite must-see for all parents, looking for eco-friendly choices.  Franklin Goose has put together an amazing array of products, for children right from birth and up.  Everything from diapers, to furniture, to cleaning products can be found, and everything is backed by Franklin Goose's Safe Baby Promise: that everything is hand-picked, and carefully selected for being the best natural, organic, and/or recycled option, free of harmful chemicals, and chosen with your family (and their own) in mind.  

The team at Franklin Goose generously shipped us a set of  awesome Spin Cube storage shelves by Way Basics.  This you have to see to believe!  There is absolutely no wood in the construction at all.  Green Organic Dad was blown away when I handed him a piece of this unique "zBoard" material, and told him he was holding 99% recycled paper!  That's right!  These sturdy, yet light-weight storage cubes are made with post-consumer recycled paper.  How strong are they?  Here's a YouTube video of the founder of Way Basics, and all 200 pounds of him, standing on a cube.   Now that is strong!  At the end of their useful life, these cubes can be recycled again!  The outside paper veneer is also free of toxins, as it's actually printed with ink!  These cubes are free of VOCs, and free of formaldehyde!  They are also amazingly easy to put together, and require absolutely no tools!  That's right... you heard me!  Put those tools away ;)

When our Spin Cubes arrived, I was amazed at how little packaging was involved!  Each was carefully folded inside a corrugated cardboard box, with no foam, and no plastic baggies.  I was very impressed, as I'm sure we've all received online orders from other websites, with more wasteful packing material than product.  Those other companies could learn a lesson here from Franklin Goose and Way Basics.  They use minimal packing material, and it's all recyclable.  I took the pictures below, of how the products looked when I opened the boxes.  See how neatly everything is packed, and how there's no wasted air space?  No foam, no peanuts, no bags of air, and yet everything arrived undamaged!  It goes to show how a little pre-planning can save a lot of resources!

These Spin Cubes are amazing easy to put together.  There are very clear, "dummy-proof" instructions included, and Way Basics even has several videos on YouTube, showing how to put these together in no time!  The pieces already have adhesive strips applied in all the right places, and it's just a matter of following the instructions, and adhering each piece. Green Organic Girl and I took our project outside on our deck, to enjoy some fresh air, and this is how easily our Spin Cubes came together:

First, the base.  The back of the unit faces you.

Then what will be the right side (remember, you put this together from the back).

The other side.

Now the top.

Then lay the unit on its front, and apply the backing.  Then voila!

We finished off the other two cubes in the same manner, and then stacked them on top of the included turntables.  


These Spin Cubes are amazing, as are all of the other Way Basics storage solutions. They come in an array of colors, to match almost any decor.  I would have loved something like this in college, and I think these super-portable, easy-to-assemble shelves would be fantastic for any student going away for school.  The packages are easy and lightweight for transport, they're simple to put together without tools, and their simple design makes it easy to configure multiple cubes almost anywhere.

Now, here is your chance to enjoy a $25 gift certificate from Franklin Goose, good toward your purchase of any of their wonderful eco-friendly products, including Way Basics Spin Cubes!  One reader of this blog will be the lucky winner of this $25 gift certificate!  

Thank you to everyone who entered! This giveaway has come to a close. Please click here to see the results of our drawing and to congratulate our winner!

Please be sure to read the complete rules:

To enter this contest, first visit and check out their wonderful array of products. Then, come back here and please leave a comment below, letting our readers know what product you would like to try. Please be sure to leave your e-mail address, so I may contact you if you're the lucky winner.

Want extra chances to win?

For additional entries, please first leave a comment about a product you'd like to try from Franklin Goose, and then do any of the following, for a maximum of 7 (seven) total entries in this giveaway contest [please be sure to come back and leave a follow-up comment for each of these completed tasks, in order to be counted as an additional entry]:
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By entering this contest, you have read and understand the rules and fine print of this contest:
  1. Contest ends Monday, July 5th, 2010 at 3:00PM EST
  2. Contest open to U.S. residents
  3. Giveaway prize consists of one $25.00 USD gift certificate to the online store, to be awarded to one (1) randomly selected winner.
  4. One (1) winner shall be chosen from the pool of valid comment entries, using
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Good luck to everyone!! :)

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No promotional consideration was paid for this post.  One set of Spin Cubes was provided for the purpose of this review.