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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fun for Kids & Eco-Friendly! My Pretty Playhouse, US/CAN, 11/29

Cascades Boutique Logo

There's never a dull moment at Journeys of The Zoo, especially when the courier arrives. The kids rush to the window in anticipation of things in pretty packages with new and exciting experiences inside. This weeks surprise received tons of squeals when a colourful cardboard box complete with handle arrived. It was...

My Pretty Playhouse from Cascades!

Cascades Pretty Playhouse Packaging
Cascades is a Canadian company based out of Quebec. Not only is this product sustainable as it's made from 100% recycled cardboard but the packaging is attractive as well.

All the writing was in both official languages of Canada; English and French. It highlighted three key components of the product and I noticed right away that the little boy was drawing with his left hand.

Lefties notice things like that.


Luckily Ed was home so that we could set it up right away. Knowing what I know now, I could have set it up myself, however, the instructions clearly stated: "It is preferable to have two people for assembly". First of all, yes, we read the instructions and secondly, they should have mentioned that neither of the two people should be under the age of three. Regardless, it took us just under 15 minutes to complete.

Right away, they noticed the snail and bird perched on the roof and ran off to get crayons with no coaching from me. Even at three, they could tell that it was meant to be drawn on. Then again, drawing on everything is a popular sport around here.

Maximilian Artemis Playing Playhouse

Our house is pretty small (less than 1,000 sq ft) but at 35" x 32" x 55", it fits easily in our living room and is still big enough to accommodate two young kids, an adult and a cat comfortably.

The kids have been trying to destroy it playing with it for several days; climbing out the window and kicking the sides, however, there is no visible damage. Except where the cat ate the window awning.

Check out the video I took of them playing with it.

The bonus, Cascades cares as much about people as it does the environment. So much so that they've partnered with Habitat for Humanity and from now until December 2013, for each "My Pretty Playhouse" sold, $2 will go to the non-profit organization.

Going to a wedding, holiday event or just want your kids to think outside the box? Then this playhouse would be a great toy and all for under $35! The saying "Throw away the toy and let the kid play with the box" has a whole new meaning with My Pretty Playhouse from Cascasdes.

Connect with Boutique Cascades via website, Facebook and Twitter .

Enter to WIN a My Pretty Playhouse!

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CONTEST DETAILS
Prize: My Pretty Playhouse valued at $34.99.
Eligibility: USA and CANADA ONLY.
Duration: The contest will run from Thursday, November 15 until Thursday, November 29, 2012, inclusive.
Shipping: Included in the prize.
Entry Method: Rafflecopter Form.
Disclosure: Journeys of The Zoo received a copy of this product that enabled us to complete this review.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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114 comments:

  1. I think it is great they create recycled plastic furniture.

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  2. I like that we can put it together with my daughter and my husband.

    Narathip wall
    polo_wataga at yahoo dot com

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  3. I learned that the site is in French... I think its fantastic that $2 will be donated to the organization for each My pretty little house sold before 31 December 2013.

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  4. I found out that Cascades was founded in 1964!

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  5. I thought their environmental calculator on their website was a wonderful tool to help make people more aware.
    My rafflecopter name is Julie G.

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  6. I love the environmental calculator! what a cool tool

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  7. I have used their products, but never realized they sold more than just toilet paper and paper towels. Jan

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  8. The passion and visionary spirit of Bernard, Laurent and Alain Lemaire, as well as the commitment of their employees are the core reasons why this small family recycling business has turned into a multinational packaging and tissue paper company.

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  9. ultra-soft toilet paper :)

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  10. Recycled goods and products are awesome! Good for this company!

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  11. I would like to try the food storage containers!

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  12. i never knew where all those food containers and cup holdrs came from. i think that's awesome that they are biodegradable and recyclable

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  13. I learned this and thought it was wonderful!: "For each ''My Pretty Playhouse'' sold until December 2013, $2 will go to the non-profit organization."

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  14. Everything is recycled,which is great..this is a great project for me and my little girl..she would love!!

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  15. I was surprised to learn that Cascades was recycling back in the 60's. That foresight says something about the vision within the organization!

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    1. And I love the photos of the kids playing with this house - it's great to have things that are meant to be drawn on!

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  16. i learned cascades helps aide with the hiring of students and recent graduates along with trainees and last year there were 518 students who gained employment with the help of cascades.

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  17. THIS TOY IS A WONDERFUL IDEA, EASY TO ASSEMBLE, KIDS CAN DECORATE IT AND IT'S NOT GOING TO END UP IN A LANDFILL GENIUS! MY TODDLERS WOULD HAVE A BLAST WITH THIS!!

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  18. i like the ultra soft cascade bathroom paper

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  19. I love the environmental calculator!

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  20. I love their cardboard christmas tree!!

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  21. I also like the Food Containers that they sell

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  22. I learned that they work with an organization called Taking Root to offset their carbon emissions :) Sarah p on rc

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  23. Th environmental calculator is a great idea!

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  24. Site Furnishings – Recycled Plastic
    I liked the recycled plastic I could use a bench in my patio.

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  25. GUND
    I love the Gund animals. I have had several myself. I give them as gifts to my grandchildren. I even entered my puppy in the Gund sweepstakes.

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  26. I like their tissue paper that's 100% recycled.
    jentam777 at gmail dot com

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  27. I learned that Cascades is also a maker of recycled outdoor furniture.

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  28. I like that they sell storage products. I am major OCD with organizing and it's always great to find new storage products!

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  29. I would like to try their Food Containers!

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  30. I honestly learned that I cannot read that language that the page is in...Spanish? It looks like a really nice big website but not in English.
    Kaci Guisinger Harrison

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  31. I think its great that they are partnered with habitat for humanity!

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  32. I love that it's a little house. It's so cute.

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  33. they were a top 5 finalist for the APPI award :)

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  34. I love that they are eco-friendly and I am tempted to try the toilet paper!

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  35. I really like the wrapping paper

    jmbarata21@hotmail.com

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  36. I love that they are crafting items like the houses and furniture for children out of recycled materials

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  37. They make SO many things! From tissue paper, to building materials, to popsicle molds!

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  38. Love that the house is made of 100% recyclable material!

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  39. i learned the site is in spanish or french and i cant read it :)

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  40. i like the environmental calculator...neat :)

    jocypou@hotmail.com

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  41. The house is so cute! And I like the tissue paper.

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  42. I learned that they "handle over 1.56 million tons of recyclable materials annually, processing the material at 21 material recovery facilities located across Canada and the US."
    lilpinksock31(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. Love the Barbie car (and can't believe how big and adorable your kids are).

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  44. I like the food storage containers.

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  45. I really like how they are dedicated to the environment and I also really love the playhouse my daughters are always building forts all over my house and this would give them something they can play in and maybe I wouldn't find blankets taped to every chair and door handle of my house lol!

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  46. I like that they also do food supply packaging and furniture/construction materials! i like the scope of this green business, this means they really make a difference!

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  47. I really like that for each "My Pretty Playhouse" sold, $2.00 goes to Habitat for Humanity

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  48. Cascades offers an extensive selection of food packaging products for food industry professionals, grocers and restaurateurs.

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  49. I love that they partnered with Habitat Humanity until December 2013 For each ''My Pretty Playhouse'' $2 will go to Habitat for Humanity!

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  50. I learned that their site is french by default.

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  51. I love the cardboard christmas tree!

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  52. I learned that their products are made mostly of recycled materials. Way to go!!! Thanks!!!

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  53. I love that the cardboard playhouses are made with 100% receycled materials. The website was not in french for me. :)

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  54. I learned Cascades has been recycling for decades!

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  55. I just love the fact that they recycle and that they are good at it. They have so many fabulous products especially the christmas trees!!

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  56. I like that they are encouragingcompanies to use less packaging and more recycled packaging

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  57. Love how easy it is to put together and it is recycable!

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  58. I like that their bathroom tissues are made of 100% recycled fibres

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  59. I love how eco friendly this site is! I would just love to win this for my little girls. I can tell them it is recycled! :)

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  60. their products are from recycled materials

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  61. I love that they create products by recycling! One way to make the world a more eco-friendly place! :)

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  62. They were in the top five for the APPI award! Go them!

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  63. that Cascade is the biggest user of recycled materials in North america

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  64. I like that they use recycled products

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  65. I love how much they use recycled materials in all their products and that the company was founded in 1964.

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  66. i didn't know they were the leading provider of food packaging materials. I think that is pretty cool!!

    Rheanna
    missrhe81 at yahoo dot com

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  67. I've learned that it is an environmentally friendly company. And I love that they are making products out of recycled materials.

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  68. I learned that cascades was founded in 1964

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  69. Have not used Cascade - like to try the Ultra soft bathroom tissues

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  70. founded in 1964

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  71. Cool recycled plastic for building, the bench is neat too

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  72. A recycled product! How amazing! Marg (joy shop / mrsshopper)

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  73. Loved the environmental calculator!

    ijmeierfamily at gmail dot com

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  74. they make kraft envelopes made with recycled paper

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  75. I appreciate that Cascades partners with Habitat for Humanity and makes a donation for each playhouse sold.
    ~Colleen

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  76. I learned that they recently won the Pulp & Paper International (PPI) Award. This time, with its newest product innovation.
    coreybrennan26@hotmail.com

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  77. I think I'd like to try their paper towels.

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  78. I liked the Environmental Calculator
    poniabaum at gmail dot com

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  79. abrennan09@hotmail.com
    their tissue paper.

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  80. I love their wrapping paper. It's festive without being over the top.

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  81. Would love to try the recycled plastic adirondack chair

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  82. I love that they use recycled materials

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  83. That Cascades has been recycling for decades.

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  84. I learned that they are both recyclable and made from recycled materials

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  85. I like that they sell wrapping paper.

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  86. i like that they sell eco friendly product

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  87. I love the playhouse! It's my favorite item :)

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  88. It was founded in 1964... Older then me!

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  89. Danielle Davis/GradyNovember 28, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Cascades is built around men and women determined to establish a business as prosperous as respectful of human and natural resources led to its success.
    Thank you!

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  90. i would like to try their food storage

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  91. I learned that I cannot read French haha

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  92. I like this innovative product that is eco friendly!

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  93. Stephanie Thompson tstephanie67@yahoo.com

    It can been seen in different languages, luckily I found English. $2.00 is donated to Habitat for Humanity for every play house sold. It is an eco friendly company.

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  94. Cascades is well-known here in Quebec for its bathroom and kitchen products. I didn't know that they made kids' furniture or that beautiful wrapping paper! I'll have to look more closely when I'm out shopping.

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  95. They are a very Green company and that's great.

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  96. I learned it was 3 brothers who took their small family business and turned it multi-national!

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  97. 100% recycled & soft. Hard to believe!

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  98. it seems to be a in a different language...I learned I can't read that site. :( Sorry!

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