Plow & Hearth Introduces WaterColors: A Contest to Support Water Conservation

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The American lifestyle requires a great deal of water usage. It is estimated that each person uses an average of 124 gallons of water each day. This precious resource is not only used for drinking, cooking and cleaning but agricultural need a great deal of water. Typically, outdoor water use accounts for up to 50 percent of water consumed by households.

Painted Rain Barrel
“We hope to raise awareness and encourage our customers to join us in preserving our natural resources.”

Most Americans live within a mile of a river or stream and everyone needs to do their part to protect this valuable natural resource. Healthy rivers give us clean drinking water, support habitats for fish and wildlife and provide endless recreational opportunities. Simple steps can help conserve water and save money too. Try turning off the water while brushing your teeth to save two gallons a minute. And fix leaky faucets – one drip per minute can waste up to 2,700 gallons a year. In your yard, use mulch to help retain ground moisture, and when you do water, early mornings and late evenings are the best times.

From rivers to tree roots to drinking water and beyond, clean water keeps the world flowing. Plow & Hearth has decided to raise awareness for American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization by launching the WaterColors contest.

To enter simply submit an artistic expression inspired by water and colors. These creations may be photos of rain barrels, water bottles or watering cans that have been painted. Anything that captures the spirit of Water Colors, including photos of the creative ways a particular garden has been planted, drawings of rivers, poems or stories about water. Plow & Hearth’s sustainability committee says “It’s the perfect opportunity to be creative, express yourself and support a great organization" by raising awareness.

Entries will be collected through September 30, 2012. Once the contest has ended, up to five finalists will be selected from all entries. The final selection will be placed on Plow & Hearth Facebook for bidding purposes for the 3 Grand Prize winners.

First Place

  •     $5,000 contribution to American Rivers on behalf of Plow & Hearth and the winner.
  •     $1,000 Plow & Hearth Gift Certificate

Second Place

  •     $3,000 contribution to American Rivers on behalf of Plow & Hearth and the winner.
  •     $500 Plow & Hearth Gift Certificate

Third Place

  •     $2,000 contribution to American Rivers on behalf of Plow & Hearth and the winner.
  •     $250 Plow & Hearth Gift Certificate

For complete rules and to see examples of beautiful painted rain barrels, visit

Plow & Hearth offers environmentally friendly and energy efficient products to help individuals reach their goals to support and contribute to the conservation of water and energy. Some of the environmentally friendly products sold at the original store in 1980 are still popular and just as efficient today. Products that promote sustainability and environmental awareness include composting products, non-invasive pest control, energy-saving insulated curtains and wood burning accessories. By offering products with practical, sustainable uses and eco-friendly attributes, Plow & Hearth encourages awareness and environmental responsibility.

About Plow & Hearth
Plow & Hearth began as a small retail store in Madison, Virginia in 1980 and has grown to become a respected national catalog, retail and Internet company with more than 5 million customers. For over 30 years, the company has been a trusted source of unique, enduring products for the hearth, home, yard and garden, helping customers create an environment that is comfortable and welcoming, warm and personal. As part of their product development initiative,

Plow & Hearth works with artisans and manufacturers around the world to develop innovative products created from uncommon materials and crafted by hand. Special consideration is given to those products made with environmentally friendly materials as well as products that will encourage customers to be more environmentally responsible, such as composting products and energy savers. Every item they sell is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. The Plow & Hearth Family of Brands also includes quality toys from HearthSong® and Magic Cabin®, weather instruments from

Wind & Weather®, innovative solutions from Problem Solvers® and unique home and garden décor from WinterthurStore®.

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