April 8, 2015

A Giveaway: GladRags!

I have posted about using menstrual cups before here. They are amazing since the average menstruating person will use 12,000 to 16,000 disposable pads, tampons, and pantyliners in their lifetime. That is A LOT of trash.

While menstrual cups are awesome (I'm a devoted fan), what happens if you are a person who wants a waste free alternative to disposable tampons and pads but don't want to, you know... stick somethin' up there?

I have a solution. Reusable organic cotton pads.
They are amazing and super comfortable. Unlike conventional disposable pads that contain various unfavorable ingredients and toxic chemicals like wood pulp, adhesives, artificial fragrances, and chemical gels, they are made from Organic cotton and are totally washable and reusable.

Besides being great for the environment, you can also save a lot of money by making the switch from disposable pads to reusable ones.

Disposable Pads: $10/month x 12 months = $120/year or $600 for 5 years
Reusable Pads:    $150/ one time cost or $150 for 5 years

Savings: $450.00 

That alone makes the switch worth it, but then you have the added benefits of not making trash, not exposing your body to toxic chemicals, and less wasted energy from the manufacturing, packaging, and transportation waste of producing and shipping these products.

I'm teaming up with GladRags to give a lucky winner a starter kit containing an organic day pad and night pad! You'll love them! a Rafflecopter giveaway

110 comments:

  1. Thanks for introducing me to another great organization :)

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  2. Love to refuse (plastic) bags :)

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  3. My favourite reduce waste activity is to make my own toothpaste! That was simply genious!! :) I <3 it!

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  4. I literally got my divacup and lunapads today, but I would love to share this with friends.

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  5. Favorite zero waste change was from plastic water bottles to reusable glass ones! -megan b

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  6. I love using glass jars instead of plastic containers, and tote bags instead of plastic bags.

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  7. Going to market with my own containers in my reusable bag :)

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  8. I love using my green bags to reduce plastic usage!

    -Kelsey

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  9. Bringing cloth and reusable bags everywhere,

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  10. I love using my menstrual cup, it would be great to have cloth pads!

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  11. I crochet my own wash/dishcloths and grocery bags :-)

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  12. Recently I went on a trip and rather than putting my toothbrush in a ziploc bag, I wrapped it in a bandanna. I've also nearly finished my last tube of toothpaste and I've got the zero-waste version ready to take its place!

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  13. Bringing my lunch/snack box and water bottle wherever I go :D

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  14. I've really wanted to try these for a while!! Unfortunately I have a lot of disposable pads left but I was thinking about buying reusable ones and donating the ones I have left, so this would be perfect :)

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  15. Thank you for the givewaway! I refuse plasic bags and i use a menstrual cup

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  16. Have been considering transitioning to a menstrual cup, but this would ease the transition in case of any messy foibles!

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  17. I use a reusable menstrual cup and I love it!

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  18. Going for a walk with my dog. :)

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  19. Love reusables and reducing waste in general, would love to try organic cloth for my moom cycle!

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  20. I've been looking for minimal waste period products, especially as a college student since it saves a serious amount of money, but I've been wary of reusable pads since I can't wash the pads daily, but I got the LaundryPod so I can finally delve into the world of reusable pads, and eventually menstrual cups too!

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  21. I got a menstrual cup a few years ago and have been dying to try these out! I'm still trying to convince my mom to sew some up!

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  22. I love brushing my teeth with my zero waste toothpaste because it leaves my teeth feeling fresher and cleaner than store-bought toothpaste!

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  23. my goal this year is to go zero waste. I tired the menstrual cup and it wasn't for me so i am so glad there are more options! Fingers crossed I win!

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  24. I favorite zero waste activity at the moment is composting! I've been exploring it and making tons of educational mistakes. Now I see the food I eat as potential for my compost bins. So fun and so weird.

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  25. I have been composting lately and really loving it!

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  26. My favorite way to reduce waste is to always be armed with reusable totes and glass jars. It makes shopping a breeze and I spend no time putting things away!

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  27. I love my zero waste gardening and hiking with my zero waste lunch.

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  28. I've been enjoying exploring zero waste beauty. So far I've made face wash, deodorant, body butter, toothpaste, and plan to make much, much more!

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  29. I've been using my reusable lunch box and metal water bottle to reduce waste during lunch!

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  30. It's hard to choose just one thing.. probably making plastic wrap alternatives from things around the house, e.g. grated beeswax on old cotton clothes (that are beyond help and can't be given away) baked in the oven which can be used to cover food bowls or cheeses!

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  31. Some favorite waste free activities: making my own toothpaste, deodorant and household cleaners, storing things in glass jars, using reusable bags. Going for walks!

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  32. Using a menstrual cup for waste free periods

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  33. Composting our food waste. Using glass food storage and bakeware. Cloth towels and napkins in the kitchen.

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  34. I would love to go from Divacup and organic disposables, to Divacup and organic reusables!

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  35. I just tried making homemade deodorant, I love buying nuts and dried fruits in bulk and keeping them in jars, reusing containers, switching to a glass water bottle, and making granola bars!

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  36. I've been taking home leftovers from dinners out in a small tupperwear container in my purse over all the foam take-out boxes

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  37. I just want so say a great big thank you, to you and to béa, for changing my life. I stumble on your blog about a month ago and it hassa inspirer me to make the change in my life. Ive been de lutteront my Life and home, donating as much as possible and repurposing almost everything else. I finally got a menstruel cup and boy those things are amazone!!! I literally forgot i was on my period after the first few days! But i would like an alternative for when as you said it, i dont exactly want to shore something up there! I never seem to win these things but that would be resiously awesome! Anyway, thank you so so much for everything, i hope you keep blog going for a very long time to come! :)

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  38. I've been wanting to switch to reusable feminine products for a while now. Thanks for the chance for free products!

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  39. Hi everybody! Thanks for the opportunity to win reusable organic pads. My favorite waste free activity is trying to made my own natural cosmetics.

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  40. I bought a used bike from my local bike shop. Although I live in a rural area, I love taking trips with my bike instead of the car (:

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  41. I like this option much more than the cup. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  42. Ditching paper towels and napkins for cloth.

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  43. I love to use cloth diapers, cloth pads, and cloth wipes.

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  44. Kristin Troska: I have been using GladRags for 20 years. Perfect waste free activity! I just had to finally throw away my oldest pads; it was so hard! Would love to win a couple new ones! Thanks.

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  45. I think my favorite waste-free activity is sewing - I can fix or "re-fashion" clothing I would otherwise have to throw out, like when it rips or gets a stain. Plus I always save fabric scraps, they always come in handy!

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  46. We go waste free by using cloth diapers, cloth wipes cloth pads, unpaper towels, and reusable snack bags to name a few of my favs!

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  47. my favorite waste free activity is cloth diapers and reusable menstrual products.
    RC name is Aimee Place

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  48. My fave is to not use plastic straws and plastic water bottles!

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  49. reusing glass jars as storage containers :)

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  50. not using plastic bags when grocery shopping only reusable bags

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  51. Making my own skincare products, like facial masks.

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  52. I have been using menstural cups (affectionately known as "MC's" in our house), but I agree, sometimes you just get tired of something up there. I like the idea of investing in reusable pads, but the cost has prohibited me from doing so. Glad the topic is being broached!

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  53. We love cloth diapers! I'm also excited to start Mama cloth :)

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  54. I recently started composting.

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  55. I own reusable pads and a menstrual cup. I love them all!

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  56. I love that we use cloth diapers and reusable bags.

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  57. I wish you were in the Netherlands.

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  58. I carry bamboo utensils & a glass straw with me everywhere I go! If I am eating on the go, I don't have to grab the plastic utensils & straws :D

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  59. I really like remake old clothes, and news paper to new beauty things like paper bags. I love doing from old thing something new :)

    http://byfoxygreen.blogspot.sk/

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  60. made the switch to the cup but i've still been squamish about gladrags. would love the chance to try them!

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  61. Reading books from the library. That's my favorite waste-free activity.

    I used cloth lines too and absolutely love them. I am so excited that they are going more mainstream. When I bought mine a few years ago, I could only find them in small shops:
    http://www.themessyorganicmum.com/2014/06/naturally-hip-cloth-pads.html

    Thanks for introducing me to another company!

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  62. Favorite waste free activity is simply being in nature. Walking through it, observing it, and breathing it all in... That's true love. :)

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  63. Yay , thanks for the intro. My favorite waste free activity is going to the library! It's free and fun.

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  64. I switched to menstrual cup about a year ago and never regretted that

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  65. My glass water bottle, no trash or plasticy taste

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  66. I've tried Party In My Pants reusable pads and they're great! Would love to try new brands and see what else is out there

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  67. When I go on walks with my mom and daughter (often at our local school park/walking trail), we'll pack a few bags to pick up any garbage we see, it's amazing how it looks like so little when it's spread out, but when you have it stuffed in bags, you realize HOW MUCH there is! When we get home we sort it and bring it to our recycling depot.

    We get exercise, my daughter gets to play at the park, we get to enjoy the weather, each others company AND leave our local park a little better than it was before we came by.

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  68. Lover making toiletries and cleaning products. Next on the list is shaving cream and moist wipes for my daughter's potty trained tushy.

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  69. I love making and using my own deodorant!

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  70. I enjoy using the library to find good books and movies.

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  71. Wish more people knew how easy it is to switch to reusables.

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  72. I love my Diva Cup, it has made everything so much simpler, and cleaner. The boy I nanny has been in the same cloth diapers since he was born, and he is two now! I love that I have not once thrown away one of his diapers OR one of his reusable wipes!

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  73. I just want to thank you for being a guide during my journey to make my family as waste free as possible! It seems like a simple thing, but now I'm bringing our reusable bags into every store. I'm trying to get up my courage to take on the Diva Cup, but have had no luck with tampons, so am worried about the cup.

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  74. I love to bring my lunch in glass containers as well as using the diva cup. This blog has made me so much more aware of the waste I create and I am reducing it day by day.

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  75. I never throw away food. I put every little scrap in a compost pile. I'm lucky enough to live out in the country. Plus, my guinea pigs eat a lot of my left over scraps. I'm also vegan, so I don't have to worry about tossing meat or dairy products.

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  76. on the second kid with the same cloth diapers!

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  77. I received my cup a few weeks ago and love it! All I need now are pads. Thank you!

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  78. I love my Diva Cup! Glad Rags would be a great alternative to have on hand.

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  79. My favorite waste free thing is using reusable shopper bags and ditching the plastic bags.

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  80. we cloth diaper! with more than one kid thats a lot of diapers saved!

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    1. The look on our friends' faces when we say we spent $240 one time, and diapered our toddler all the way through to potty trained is priceless.

      Progress is a wonderful thing. xx

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  81. I love going to the library. Well, I don't go very often any longer, because I read e-books most of the time, but I love going there. There's such a nice atmosphere and it's free

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  82. Using my ZEBRA THAILAND tiffin/food carrier. My toddler loves it. And so does Mommy!

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  83. Just saw the 4 min. clip of what you do and so inspired! I'll try following and doing the same. I just started a compost pile this year, recycling and the reusable shopping bags but so much more to do I'm subscribing to your blog. :-)

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  84. I use reusable shopping bags for grocery shopping.

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  85. My favorite is my Lunette and cloth pads!

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  86. - Make my own shampoo and toothpaste
    - Reusable bags for shopping

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  87. My favourite waste free activity is carrying my mason jar everywhere as a water bottle!

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  88. Making our own pizza and pasta sauces at home and storing them in jars for later. Amazing taste, zero waste!

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  89. Thanks for the giveaway, this sounds super awesome!

    I have always got reusable bags for shopping with me and try to avoid plastic bags whenever possible (or I reuse the ones I have).

    Then I have sewed reusable pads of microfibre cloth to remove my make up as I do not want to use cotton pads. You can put them in the washing machine together with towels etc and they work perfectly.

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  90. This is new for me! Hoping to win!

    I stopped buying water bottles and I use a reusable one every day!

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  91. I would love to transition to not using all that waste each month associated with my period. Also, can you talk about toilet paper? Do you just buy the recycled kind? I cook almost all of my food which not only saves me money, but saves from all the take-out containers that so many of my fellow New Yorkers incur multiple times on a daily basis. I also buy bulk bin items as much as possible. Again, not only way cheaper, but better for the environment with less packaging.

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  92. I love bagging my own groceries in my own reusable bags - shaunie

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  93. I try to keep reusable sets of cutlery in the car--no waste if we stop somewhere to pick up a bite to eat, and my gluten-free partner doesn't have to worry about if someone's grabbed a fork from the bin directly after handling bread.

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  94. I have a few Gladrags that I've used for a couple of years, but I would love to try a night one!

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  95. Going waste free grocery shopping with mason jars and cotton bags :)
    And of course, bringing my own lunch with me instead of getting take away food!

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  96. Super inspired as always!
    I've been wanting to try reusable pads for a while now :)

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  97. I love my reusable water bottle.

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  98. Remember that "boring" bandana? Once they start becoming a bit tacky looking, they're a great alternative to cups or reusable pads. Talk about upcycling :)

    Also, usually not too hard to find are, natural sea sponges ... First boil them for a few minutes to sanitize them, then tie them up with a string of your choice for easier retrieval .. and pop that puppy inside.

    Both of these options require a little bit of 'hands on' cleaning effort .. you'll want to rinse them before tossing them into the wash. Otherwise, they get a bit crusty. Ew.

    I used both of these techniques for nearly 3 decades before I hit menopause.

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  99. Interesting. But reusable pads? Ummm... I will give it a pass.

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  101. Thanks for the giveaway, this sounds super awesome!
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    الموكيت من اهم الاشياء التى تعطى رونق للمكان بالاضافة الى ان الموكيت من افضل الاشياء التى تساعد فى تجميل المكان والسعى الى الشعور بالتميز والراحه النفسيه والهدوء فاذا اراد ان تقوم باعمال التنظيف للموكيت والاهتمام بازاله اى شىء غير مالوف فى الموكيت فتاكد ان بسمة الرياض افضل شركة تنظيف موكيت بالرياض على الاطلاق بالاضافة الى ان الشركة تعتمد على افضل الخدمات المميزه المتواجده والتى تساعد فى القيام باعمال التنظيف على افضل ما يرام من اهم ما تقوم بيه الشركة هو الاهتمام بالتعرف على افضل المساحيق والمنظفات المتخصصه فى تنظيف الموكيت والاهتمام بازاله اى شىء غير مالوف فى الموكيت بالاضافة الى التعرف على افضل المعدات والاجهزة والتكنولوجيا المميزة التى تساعد فى تنظيف الموكيت المميز فاذا اراد ان تقوم بكل ما تتمناه وتحقق افضل النتائج فى التنظيف فى مقابل اقل وقت ممكن وفى مقابل اقل الاسعار المتواجدة فتاكد انك لم تجد افضل من شركة بسمة الرياض افضل شركة تنظيف موكيت على الفور
    خدمات شركة تنظيف سجاد بالرياض فى تنظيف الموكيت من افضل الخدمات المميزة المتواجده فى الاسواق فهناك العديد من انواع الموكيت المتواجد فى المكان والمختلف فى الحجم والنوع والشكل وطرق التنظيف الا ان شركة غسيل السجاد بالرياض فى انتظارك الان فى القيام باعمال التنظيف والسعى الى تحقيق افضل النتائج المميزة فاذا اراد ان تقوم بكل ذلك فعليك ان تتصل بينا فى التنظيف والسعى الى تحقيق افضل النتائج .

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