How to get Free Desert Plants

November 16th, 2014 Posted in free, gardening, plants, Uncategorized | 11 Comments » Make sure you like EcoJoes on Facebook to stay updated on green ways to save money and help the environment. Just click the "like" button below. Muchas gracias!

If you’re like me, you like having a desert plant around, whether it be a colossal cactus, a jolly jade plant, or another succulent species o’ flora.

But if you’re like me, you ain’t exactly the Monopoly man, and cactus plants just aren’t in your budget. So here’s how to get free desert plants and cactuses, like this guy:

Free desert plant

Anyhoo, without further ado, here’s how to get free desert plants (for free, I might add)!

Step 1: Go to a store (Lowes, Home Depot, anywhere they sell cactuses and other succulents). Play it cool.
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Help Your Compost with Used Coffee Grounds from Starbucks

April 8th, 2014 Posted in free, gardening, green business, plants, save money | 4 Comments » Make sure you like EcoJoes on Facebook to stay updated on green ways to save money and help the environment. Just click the "like" button below. Muchas gracias!


Starbucks, that lovable, local mom-n’-pop coffee shop, goes through literally ‘uge amounts of coffee every day. Instead of chucking the used coffee grounds away to waste space in a landfill, they fill up 5-pound bags and let you take the grounds home to help out your compost and/or garden! How boss is that?

As an added moneysaver, you can rebrew some coffee with the old grounds! Enjoy your free weak brew as you chuckle at the thought of ever paying for coffee again!

Bag of used coffee grounds

The nitrogen from the used coffee grounds is a real kickstarter for your compost and garden. Nitrogen is a major fertilizer for crops, and your plants will react to it much as Popeye reacts to spinach.

It’s worth noting that TOO much nitrogen can cause nitrogen burn in your plants, so I don’t recommend planting your garden in pure coffee grounds. If you do though, and it works, let me know, por favor!

The one bad thing about this program is Starbucks doesn’t reuse their bags. I have no idea why; they’re pretty durable, and they’re basically just putting trash in them. C’mon Starbucks, take that next step and reuse the bags if people bring them in!

So next time you’re trudging past a Starbucks, stop in and see if they have any of their big bags of used coffee grounds. Tell them EcoJoe sent you, they’ll know what you’re there for.

College Move Out = Waste = Free!

May 9th, 2013 Posted in college, event, free, reusing | No Comments » Make sure you like EcoJoes on Facebook to stay updated on green ways to save money and help the environment. Just click the "like" button below. Muchas gracias!


As you might already know if you’re an EcoHero, I’m all about keeping things out of the landfill, reusing, and getting things for free.

College move-out days are a perfect combo of those three things. Students moving out of dorms throw away TONS of perfectly good items, including laptops, clocks, futons, and even money!

Right around now is when many colleges have their move out day. So my humble recommendation to thee is to hop on The Ol’ Google and find out when your local college’s move out date is.

On that day, or the day after, head out to their dumpsters and you can find all kinds of great stuff that would otherwise be sent to the landfill. Trust me, you’ll be astounded.

Tomorrow is NC State’s move-out date; who knows what perfectly good things I might find?

You Want Some Free Tea? We Got Your Free Tea

September 29th, 2012 Posted in free | 1 Comment » Make sure you like EcoJoes on Facebook to stay updated on green ways to save money and help the environment. Just click the "like" button below. Muchas gracias!


Now, it’s been a lil’ while since I last mentioned how to get some all-natural free herbal tea or free organic tea, but fret not. Here’s yet another way to get some delicioso tea samples — for free!

Hop onto the information superhighway and navigate your way to →Twinings USA←, where you can request you some free tea (while supplies last)!

Heck, you can even stay in the EcoJoes©™ spirit and get some organic and fair trade certified tea.

Contest for Free Okabashi Sandals

November 12th, 2011 Posted in contest, free, recycle | No Comments » Make sure you like EcoJoes on Facebook to stay updated on green ways to save money and help the environment. Just click the "like" button below. Muchas gracias!


If you haven’t heard the word about the dandy recycled sandals Okabashi is making, pause for a moment and go check out that splendidly-worded article. I’ll be sitting here, waiting.

Recycled plastic sandals

Back already? Did you even read that? Never mind, no time to argue, for it’s time to announce the

EcoJoes Recycled Sandal Giveaway

“Well what the heck is that?” you’re probably thinking. I’ll tell you what, in this easy-to-read bulleted list (ordered list, mind you).

  1. Make sure you either have a website, blog, a Facebooks, or the Twitters (sorry MySpace)
  2. Ponder what “green” aspect of your life you’re thankful you adopted. This could be an eco-friendly product, something you made yourself, or some environmentally friendly habit you’ve made your own.
  3. Feverishly write why you’re thankful about this “green” part of your life.
  4. Email me (at ecojoe AT this website) to let me know about your submission. That’s it!

All entries must be in by the day after Thanksgiving (November 25).

The winner gets this pair of large, brown Okabashi Messina sandals. Guaranteed to be comfy as heck, and made from recycled plastic.

Hurry up and get those posts coming in! Time’s a ticking…

Take the Arbor Day Tree Survey and Win Free Coffee

August 17th, 2011 Posted in contest, free, plants | 141 Comments » Make sure you like EcoJoes on Facebook to stay updated on green ways to save money and help the environment. Just click the "like" button below. Muchas gracias!


Survey con robot
The good ol’ Arbor Day Foundation©™ is giving away a year’s worth of free coffee to the first 50 people to finish their tree survey! The chance to win is low, but the prize is high. Daddy like those odds.

After you take their survey, you’ll be given an opportunity most people only dream about – the chance to donate your hard-earned money (“skrilla”, as it were). Even ol’ EcoJoe broke a long miserly streak and donated to this worthy cause.

Update: Many people are reporting that this survey no longer rewards you with trees, so buyer beware!

Free Organic Hand Sanitizer from Shaw Springs

May 1st, 2011 Posted in cleaning, free, health, organic | No Comments » Make sure you like EcoJoes on Facebook to stay updated on green ways to save money and help the environment. Just click the "like" button below. Muchas gracias!


“Alright, time for a sammitch break. I sure can’t wait to shove this tasty vittle down my gaping maw.”
Grubby hands with sammitch
Woah woah woah! Are you forilla about to eat that sammitch like that?

How about you use some organic hand sanitizer first? Not only is it organic, but it’s free, so price is no issue.

How do you get it, you ask? Just click THIS HERE LINK (THIS ONE), fill out the form at the bottom o’ the page, and you’re on your way to clean hands and safe sammitch-eating time. Don’t thank me, thank Shaw Springs.