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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What is Recyclebank?

Last week, Alicia asked if I could explain what Recyclebank is, so this is for her - and for you, if you've been wondering the same thing.

In a nutshell, Recyclebank is a site that rewards you for being green. To earn rewards, you need points, and you get those points by learning about how to save the environment and pledging to do some little things that help conserve natural resources.

The top left of each page on Recyclebank looks like this:


When you click on the tab that says "Earn Points," you'll see all the different ways that you can quickly earn points toward their rewards. Over on the right of the "Earn Points" page, you'll see banners like these:


Take the quiz in the banners to earn extra points. You'll see the banners on the homepage as well. Whenever you see a new banner on Recyclebank, it's worth checking to see if it's a new way to earn points.

If you click on the "Get Rewards" tab, you'll see the rewards that are available, and you can sort them by category using the menu on the left. There are a lot of high-value printable coupons, as well as discounts to popular stores. Plus, the coupons are often discounted so you can get them for fewer points. For instance, today you can get a printable coupon for $1/1 Dove Body Wash for just 20 points instead of the usual 40.

What I like most about Recyclebank is that not only is the program totally free, it's incredibly easy to accumulate points quickly. You can easily get 150+ points right now by taking all of the available quizzes, watching the "Lifecycle of a Cereal Box" video, taking the "Green Your Vacation" challenge, and doing the Aveeno Facebook pledges. You can also get 10 points for every person who joins Recyclebank using your referral link.

I try to let you know when new earning opportunities or great discounted rewards are available at Recyclebank, since the coupons can often get you cheap or free items when combined with a sale. And what's not to like about that? :)

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