2019 Monthly Giveaway Terms and Conditions

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Sweepstakes Rules


1. Eligibility

2019 Monthly Giveaway (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees of Earth Friendly Straws and other companies associated with the promotion of the Sweepstakes, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household member of each such employee are not eligible. The Sweepstakes is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

2. Sponsor

The Sweepstakes is sponsored by Earth Friendly Straws, located at 620 Park Avenue #206, Rochester, New York, 14607.

3. Agreement to Official Rules

Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

4. Sweepstakes Period

The Sweepstakes beings on January 01, 2019 at 12:00 AM EST and ends on December 31, 2019 at 11:59 EST (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Entries that are submitted before or after the Sweepstakes Period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the Sweepstakes using the following method:


5. How to Enter

Online: This method of entry will be available by visiting our website (www.earthfriendlystraws.com) and following the directions provided to complete and submit official entries.

Limit one (1) Sweepstakes account per person, per email address for the duration of the Sweepstakes Period. Multiple entries per Sweepstakes account are allowed as outlined in and limited by entry methods listed in the Sweepstakes account.

6. Prize Drawing

On or about the last calendar day of each month for the Sweepstakes Period, the Sponsor will select potential Monthly Prize winners in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. On or about December 31, 2019, the Sponsor will select a potential Grand Prize winner from among all eligible entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received. The Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winner via email on or about the first day of the following month. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within five (5) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, the Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from the remaining non-winning, eligible entries.

7. Winner Notification

The potential winners will be notified by email. Each potential monthly winner (parent/legal guardian if a minor in his/her state of residence) will be required to complete, electronically sign and submit a Declaration of Compliance within five (5) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, or fails to submit the Declaration of Compliance within the required time period (if applicable), or prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. If the potential winner is at least 18 but still considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian, who will be required to sign the Declaration of Compliance on the potential winner's behalf and fulfill any other requirements imposed on winner set forth herein. Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from all remaining eligible entries. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held, after which the prize will remain unawarded. Prizes will be fulfilled approximately 8-10 weeks after the conclusion of the Sweepstakes.

8. Prizes

Monthly Prize (12) – 2 identical Earth Friendly Straw products.

Products selected for Monthly Prizes will be at the discretion of the Sponsor and may differ from those seen in Sweepstakes promotional materials and advertising. Estimated retail value of Monthly Prize = $40-$60.

Grand Prize (1) - $150 Gift Certificate to www.earthfriendlystraws.com.

9. Taxes

Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes prize winners are solely responsible for determining and paying all federal, state and local taxes (including any sales taxes). Any person winning over $600 in prizes during any one year period will receive an IRS Form 1099 at the end of the calendar year, and a copy of such form will be filed with the IRS.

10. Use of Contest Information

All entries become the property of Sponsor. Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to grant Sponsor non-exclusive, perpetual license to use his/her name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state given in all media now known and later come into being for publicity, editorial, marketing and any other purpose without further compensation to the participant or any other individual or entity, unless prohibited by law.

11. Original Content Ownership

Each entrant, by participating in the Sweepstakes, represents and warrants that they are the exclusive owner of the copyright and all other proprietary rights in any and all materials and content submitted by the entrant to enter the Sweepstakes. Entrant further represents and warrants that they have the right to grant to any third party the right to use, reproduce, distribute and display any Submission. All Submissions must have appropriate clearances, permissions and releases PRIOR to uploading or may be eliminated from the Sweepstakes. Any unauthorized submission of materials by the entrant could be subject to fines, royalty fees, and/or legal action for which entrant agrees to indemnify, defend and hold the Sponsor harmless.

12. Not Endorsed by Third Parties

Each entrant, by participating in the Sweepstakes, acknowledge that this Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or any third party and release Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and all third parties from any and all liability arising from or related to this Sweepstakes. The information you are providing for this Sweepstakes is being provided to the Sponsor and not to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or any third party and will be used to notify you if you have won, and to inform you about special offers from Sponsor and our trusted partners.

13. General Conditions

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Sweepstakes is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, or in the event the Sweepstakes is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Sweepstakes to address the impairment and then resume the Sweepstakes in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules or (b) terminate the Sweepstakes and, in the event of termination, award the prize(s) at random from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorney’s fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. If any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained herein.

14. Release of Limitations of Liability

By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, other companies associated with the Sweepstakes, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Sweepstakes, including lost, interrupted or unavailable Internet Service Provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Sweepstakes; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing or typographical errors; (d) application downloads, (e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes, the announcement of the winner(s), the cancellation or postponement of the event and/or the flyover, if applicable, the incorrect downloading of the application, the processing of entries application downloads or in any Sweepstakes-related materials; or (f) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrants participation in the Sweepstakes or acceptance, receipt or misuse of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto). Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Sweepstakes, and in no event shall the entrant be entitled to receive attorney’s fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct or indirect damages.

15. Disputes

Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in New York. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrants right and obligations, or the right and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws or any jurisdiction other than New York.

16. Entrant's Personal Information

Information collected from entrants is subject to Sponsors Privacy Policy.

17. Winner List

Winners will be posted on Sponsors website (www.earthfriendlystraws.com) after the Sweepstakes end date (listed above).