Let’s Get It Started In Here: The Naked Binder Giveaway

History of Earth Day

Most of you have probably heard by now that Earth Day is just around the proverbial corner, slated for this upcoming Wednesday, April 22nd.

I’m sure you’ve seen television spots, heard radio announcements, and read other green sites preparing to embrace the day, and the entire week, with wide open hearts and minds, in the hopes that together we can make a difference for our one and only planet.

Here at 5MinutesForGoingGreen we’re preparing for our own Earth Day shindig of sorts, gearing up to offer a slew of green products for you to read about and win ALL WEEK LONG, in addition to links galore, and helpful tips for how you can maximize your contribution to making our planet a greener place to be, five minutes at a time.

Awesome, right? (Right!) But maybe we should take a second to answer a pretty important question some of you might have.

What is Earth Day, exactly?

I’m so glad you asked.

Every year since 1970, April 22nd has marked the anniversary of the birth of what is widely considered the “modern environmental movement.” According to earthday.net:

Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, proposed the first nationwide environmental protest “to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda. ” “It was a gamble,” he recalls, “but it worked.”

*The above photo is a participant in Earth Day, 1970, © the EPA History Office.

For more information about Earth Day festivities around the world, and what you can do in your local community to help, visit www.earthday.net. To show your support by purchasing official Earth Day swag, go here.

OK! So now that we’re all on the same page, what would you say to a little green giveaway action?

The Naked Binder believes in responsible design, and has created four different styles of 100% recycled and 100% recyclable binders for home or office use.

What makes The Naked Binder so different than your average store-bought binder brands?

Cleaner – We avoid using toxins in manufacturing, packaging and shipping, minimize waste and recycle nearly everything.

Closer – Naked Binders are made in the US. The recycled content comes from the state of Connecticut, is made into binders board in Chicago and is manufactured in Des Moines, IA.

Greener – Our board is 100% recycled – 97% post consumer waste. The entire binder is recyclable when you have managed to wear it out. It is also a blank slate for you to personalize – no need to run out and buy plastic binders – you can label or mark these binders directly.

Longer – Tested to 50,000 flexes by an independent lab, these are one of the strongest binders on market. They will last. I’ve used mine for 11 years for all my bills and tax info. I still use it.

Recyclable – Every product we make is 100% recyclable.

Naked Binder has oh so awesomely agreed to give away one Project Binder set, and one set of Naked Tabs to kick off our Earth Day festivities. (Total retail value: about $50 USD)

The Project Binder is a Naked Binder with a bit of a modest side. It sports a spine wrap of durable library-grade 100% cotton book-binding cloth applied with non-toxic glue to add color and protection.The sets offer complimentary colors so you know at a glance which binder you want. Or, you can select colors that harmonize with and complement your home or office.

Of course, Naked Binders do not contain any plastic, vinyl or toxic chemicals. They will not harm the greater environment or your personal environment in any way and will provide years of service. Simply recycle when ready to replace.

• Completely recyclable
• 100% recycled board, 97% post-consumer waste
• Independently tested to 50,000+ flexes
• 1” ring holds 170 sheets of paper

How to get in on the green giveaway action? Simple.

1) Just leave a comment on this post anytime between today, Monday April 20th, and Sunday, May 3rd by 7pm EST and consider yourself entered. (Be sure to use a valid email address when leaving your entry comments, as I’ll use that email address to notify the winner of the contest.)

On May 3rd I’ll use a random number generator to pick one winner, so be sure to check back on the site on Monday, May 4th to see if you’ve won!

In the meantime, to Celebrate Earth Day week, all binders are 20% off on the site!

Some additional contest-related details, and to recap:

* As always, non bloggers are welcome to participate!
* Contest entries are open from Monday, April 20th through Sunday, May 3rd at 7pm EST.
* The winner will be drawn randomly and I will announce the winner Monday, May 4th. Please make sure to check our site and your email address to see if you have won a prize. We must receive your reply within 5 business days. (The sooner we hear from you, the better!)
* This contest is open to US & Canadian shipping addresses. Due to legal restrictions, this promotion is not available in Arizona or Quebec.
* Please see our site’s Terms and Conditions of Use for a complete list of our Contest and Giveaway Rules.


Earth Week Tip, The First:

Did you know that by dimming the lights to just 85 percent of full capacity, you reduce your energy consumption by 15 percent and more than double the life of your incandescent bulbs? (Totally true.)

In an effort to make dimming and energy saving as accessible as possible, Lutron introduced new Diva and Toggler eco-dim dimmers, available at home centers nationwide. For under $30 each, the dimmers are easy upgrades that allow you to do your part for the planet. To find out more, visit www.lutron.com.

Bonus Link, to get you reading green this week:

100 Green Mom Resources & Blogs


See you tomorrow for more great green giveaways, Earth Day tips, and bonus links to keep you winning, thinking, and clicking green all week long!


An original 5 Minutes for Going Green post. Read more about all things Kerri Anne, including her renewed commitment to green living and her affinity for talking in movie quotes at kerrianne.org.

54 Responses to Let’s Get It Started In Here: The Naked Binder Giveaway
  1. Donna S
    April 20, 2009 | 12:26 am

    Please enter me. I love the idea of this product and binders are always useful.

  2. Becca
    April 20, 2009 | 7:23 am

    Those are fantastic!

  3. Laura B
    April 20, 2009 | 8:31 am

    I’m in college right now, so those binders would be perfect to take to class with me! Yay earth day =)

  4. April
    April 20, 2009 | 10:59 am

    pick me please!!

  5. Rebecca
    April 20, 2009 | 11:09 am

    Like Laura, I’m in school. I’ve tried to “go green” part of the time with school stuff, and it’s hard to find earth friendly and affordable products. Winning a set of these binders would be great!

  6. Marj
    April 20, 2009 | 11:40 am

    Yeah, enter me!

  7. sareen
    April 20, 2009 | 2:00 pm

    count me in – I can lead by example with the kids I teach!

  8. Melissa
    April 20, 2009 | 4:22 pm

    How exciting!

  9. The Green Yak
    April 20, 2009 | 4:45 pm

    These are great! I’ve been going as paperless as possible in my home office, but unfortunately not everything can be stored on my computer. These would be perfect for doing a little organizing :-D

  10. Christy
    April 20, 2009 | 6:17 pm

    I would love to win these.

  11. Rebecca
    April 20, 2009 | 6:47 pm

    Great giveaway!

    I’m looking forward to cleaning up the parks in my neighbourhood on Wednesday.

    I’ve recently started a housecleaning business using all natural, environmentally responsible cleaning products. The idea of using these binders for the business makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

    For your viewing pleasure, please check out my business website. I have a blog for discussing environmental issues.




  12. Jaime
    April 20, 2009 | 8:07 pm

    fun giveaway!!

  13. Carey
    April 21, 2009 | 7:58 am

    I’m finishing my masters and definitely need some binders.

  14. Denise
    April 21, 2009 | 7:48 pm

    oooo I’m always in need of binders for my children. I cringe everytime one of the gets broken and I try to think of other uses for them that don’t involve throwing them out. These would set my mind at ease and what a great idea!!

  15. Kelly
    April 21, 2009 | 8:16 pm

    count me in. :)

  16. Justine
    April 21, 2009 | 9:21 pm

    These would be great! I’ve been needing new binders.

  17. Serena
    April 22, 2009 | 5:07 am

    Very cool! One can never have too many nifty organizing objects!

  18. Jodi
    April 22, 2009 | 9:10 am

    I have a teenager who would absolutely love the idea of green binders–she’s starting high school next year. It would be a perfect gift.

  19. Sonja Wahl
    April 22, 2009 | 10:56 am

    Many papers at home to organize!

  20. Rebecca
    April 22, 2009 | 12:10 pm

    I would love to try these for my home office!

  21. Bena
    April 22, 2009 | 3:11 pm

    Awesome binders! Great for my recipes, home stuff and kids’ homework! Thanks!

  22. canadiangiveaways
    April 22, 2009 | 9:19 pm

    what great gifts to give to coworkers

  23. ikkinlala
    April 23, 2009 | 3:43 am

    I could really use some binders, and these ones look great!

  24. Krista
    April 23, 2009 | 1:25 pm

    These are some of the nicest looking binders I’ve seen.

  25. Amanda
    April 23, 2009 | 5:17 pm

    I would love to win these!

    [email protected]

  26. sito
    April 23, 2009 | 5:19 pm

    At the end of the school year, I snag the boy’s used ones. I would love to have some nice, new ones, that haven’t been tossed around and mistreated for nine months!

  27. Sherree
    April 23, 2009 | 5:36 pm

    I am always needing a binder. I love going online and looking for DIY projects to do with the children and grandchildren. I try to have a different style or color for different topics. I have just began to read about going green and finding that it is not all that difficult.

  28. Judy
    April 23, 2009 | 6:45 pm

    I remember when Earth Day started( I was very young). They were encouraging using plastic, promoting Save The Forest. Now, we use too much plastic…..

  29. Beachcomber
    April 23, 2009 | 7:05 pm

    Way cool binders! I would love to win these. I could use some binders. Thanks!

  30. Valerie
    April 23, 2009 | 7:47 pm

    These look really neat!

  31. Nikki
    April 23, 2009 | 8:00 pm

    Awesome give-a-way! Thanks!
    [email protected]

  32. Robin
    April 23, 2009 | 8:44 pm

    Those binders are fabulous…..
    I love the whole different color spine thing…..you’ll know at a glance what is in it by it’s color. :-)

    Hope everyone had a beautiful day today

  33. Shari
    April 23, 2009 | 9:08 pm

    I work in the schools so I could definitely put these to use!

  34. Judy Bradley
    April 23, 2009 | 9:32 pm

    I like that so many sites are now promoting “green”. Please enter me.

  35. Quanda
    April 23, 2009 | 9:55 pm

    My daughter will love to use the Project Binder set for school. Thanks!

  36. diana
    April 23, 2009 | 10:14 pm

    Yes, please enter me!


  37. Robyn
    April 24, 2009 | 7:52 am

    Wow! This binder looks really nice AND it’s earth friendly. What a great combination!

  38. Halifax
    April 24, 2009 | 11:46 am

    It feels good doing something green

  39. Sue
    April 24, 2009 | 1:29 pm

    I love this! Thanks for sharing~

  40. Julie
    April 24, 2009 | 5:20 pm

    I try to purchase second-hand binders when I can, but these are lovely.

  41. stampedwithgrace
    April 24, 2009 | 10:14 pm

    I would love to use these with homeschooling!

  42. Jen D.
    April 24, 2009 | 11:25 pm

    These look beautiful and bonus they are green. Thank you for sharing.

  43. Laney
    April 25, 2009 | 12:52 am

    Oh wow, I could REALLY use this!

    Thanks : )

  44. Ellen C.
    April 25, 2009 | 10:35 am

    I could use one of these as I’m trying to organize my office. Thanks for the chance.

  45. Carol W.
    April 25, 2009 | 12:38 pm

    Another great giveaway. The binders will be very useful in my never-ending attempt to organize!

  46. Laureen
    April 26, 2009 | 1:05 am

    I would love to win this giveaway to use these binders to get organize in an eco-friendly way. These binders are great! I will keep them in mind for the future as I am always searching for environmentally-responsible products. Thanks!

  47. nfmgirl
    April 26, 2009 | 9:14 am

    These are such a great idea for a data organizer addict like myself. Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  48. Kara
    April 26, 2009 | 4:46 pm

    Getting ready for exams and could use a binder

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  50. Wehaf
    April 27, 2009 | 5:45 pm

    I need new binders; these would be great.

  51. Robbie
    May 1, 2009 | 7:06 am

    I was thinking the same thing! :-)

  52. sandra
    May 1, 2009 | 9:31 am

    please enter me

  53. bridget
    May 3, 2009 | 12:51 pm

    I could really use these binders to keep recipes and info about the kids.

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