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April 16, 2014
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From batteries to #5 plastics, there are some recycling challenges out there. But we’re trying to make it easier for you. Here are a few of the things Whole Foods Market stores across the country accept and responsibly dispose of for you.
March 27, 2014
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I live in Austin, Texas, where spring smells like…grape soda.

The Sophora secundiflora or Texas mountain laurel, is a popular native shrub whose flowers smell exactly like the Grape Nehi my grandpa used to drink. In my neighborhood, their sweet scent is a surefire sign that spring has arrived.

March 26, 2014
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At Whole Foods Market, we believe shoppers have a right to know exactly which ingredients are in the products that touch their lives, including their cleaning products. That’s why we created the Eco-Scale® Rating System.
October 17, 2013
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Aileen Sevier writes about the wonderful world of wine for brands like protea. She holds the prestigious Diploma certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, an internationally recognized professional program. She’s sharing her favorite upcycling ideas with our readers.

September 14, 2013
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What is conscious living? Teens Turning Green believes conscious living is an awareness of your choices and actions and their impact on your health, the community and the environment.

June 12, 2013
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Bee populations are dwindling, so we’re taking a cue from the hive mind and building partnerships to help protect endangered pollinators.
June 12, 2013
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Passionate about a healthy planet full of good food? Bees are key. Learn simple steps you can take to help keep the US bee population strong!
June 11, 2013
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Here are 4 easy ways you can "bee the solution" and help pollinators flourish.
April 24, 2013
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It doesn’t take an acre of space to grow fresh produce at home. Here are some easy ways to grow fresh herbs, fruits, and veggies in containers.
April 22, 2013
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Your office likely already has the bin in the kitchen for cans and glass and near the photocopier and fax machine for recycling paper. That’s a great start…but it’s only the beginning of what’s possible. What does your office do with plastics, food waste and technotrash like CDs, PCs and cell phones?
April 21, 2013
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Whether we’re at home, the office, school or in between, decreasing waste (food, energy and trash) needs be top of mind wherever we go…and however we get there. That’s the only way we’re going to reach our destination of bettering the planet.
April 20, 2013
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MAKE magazine brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the exciting projects in your life and helps you make the most of technology at home and away from home. Projects in the magazine range from old-school balsa wood and tissue-paper airplanes to what to do to keep aging high-tech gadgets alive to building autonomous robots from junk.

In this post, MAKE contributor Tiffany Threadgould shares how to make planters from plastic containers.

April 18, 2013
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The sun generates more energy than necessary for life on Earth, yet only a fraction of that is utilized for solar power. In this video from Dark Rye, we explore harnessing its mighty power. In Arizona an innovative company makes thin-film photovoltaic modules affordable and recyclable, while an engineer in Hawai'i addresses the challenge of storage.

April 16, 2013
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Energy waste is a big problem with some simple solutions that we can all do to help the Earth. Plus, wasting less energy at home also makes cents!
April 14, 2013
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gardenThis post is the final in a series of three that will help you start a home composting bin.

April 13, 2013
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Compost binThis post is the second in a series of three that will help you start a home composting bin.

April 12, 2013
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PeelThis post is the first in a series of three that will help you start a home composting bin.

April 11, 2013
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Looking for more? See our earlier post on two easy ways to make every day Earth Day with your kids.

Get Scrappy with Your Recycle Bin

April 11, 2013
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Reaching for earth-conscious cleaners doesn’t mean wiping out your savings. We scoured our shelves for the three must-have products with high marks for safety—yours and the planet’s. These hardworking cleaners go from floor to skylights and everything in-between with cash to spare so you can grab a few rolls of 100%-recycled-paper towels.
April 7, 2013
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From ingredients to quantity to producer pratices, our choices at the grocery store count. We’ve collected nine of our favorite Earth Month tips for food choices. Take a look, get inspired, and share your ideas too.
April 5, 2013
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Food choices count, so celebrate Earth Month by eating your way to a greener planet. Here are six simple ways to make food choices that positively impact our environment.
April 4, 2013
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We believe in full disclosure. As a result, we developed our Eco-Scale™ rating system, meaning we evaluate every ingredient for environmental impact, safety, efficacy, source, labeling and animal testing. Based on audits conducted by a 3rd-party audit agency, the products are rated red, orange, yellow or green on our Eco-Scale™.
April 3, 2013
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As an adventurous home chef with a love for experimenting with new recipes and new foods, I’ve had to acquire a sharp set of money-saving skills to get the most out of my budget and my pantry. I’m proud when I use what I have in my kitchen in inventive (and tasty) ways, and happy that Whole Foods Market® can help me. Here are my top 12 ways to minimize food waste.
April 2, 2013
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Home is where the heart is, so show the Earth you care there! From your backyard to your bathroom to your closet, we’re sharing 11 of our favorite Earth Month tips for the home.
March 30, 2013
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MAKE magazine brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the exciting projects in your life and helps you make the most of technology at home and away from home. Projects in the magazine range from old-school balsa wood and tissue-paper airplanes to what to do to keep aging high-tech gadgets alive to building autonomous robots from junk.

In this post, MAKE contributor Thomas Arey shares how to make a composter from a trash can.

March 26, 2013
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Electric motorcycleThe best environmental solutions are the ones that are fun. Growing your own food is a great experience, riding a bicycle can be transcendent, and making some good home cooking for friends is just about the best combo of eco and enjoyable I can think of.

March 23, 2013
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scrapkinsWith the season’s egg dyeing and deviled-egg eating, chances are you’re starting to collect a few extra egg cartons around the house. Don’t throw them away!

March 12, 2013
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The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, an uplifting documentary about one man’s extraordinary humanitarian work and his influence around the globe.
February 5, 2013
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The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with The Greenhorns, which explores the burgeoning movement of America’s young farming community – its spirit, practices and needs.
October 27, 2012
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I’ll have a side of fries with that alternative energy system!
September 22, 2012
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Project Green ChallengeErin Schrode, 21, is the co-founder and spokeswoman of Teens Turning Green, a student-led movement promoting global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education and cons

July 24, 2012
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An awesome gift just got better. Our new wallet-ready gift cards are made using recycled paper and wood from responsibly managed forests – no more plastic.
July 9, 2012
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As you may have noticed, we’ve got honey bees on the brain. These amazing little creatures pollinate 100 types of crops — everything from almonds to zucchini — yet US honey bee colonies are declining at an annual rate of 30% or more.

July 4, 2012
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Photo by Clayton Aynesworth“Can we really handle a beehive in this tiny yard?”

June 20, 2012
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Cantaloupes and bees are a dynamic duo. Here’s why and how with your next cantaloupe purchase you can help “bee the solution" to honey bee decline.
June 17, 2012
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Tom Stearns of High Mowing Organic Seeds shares how bees get his seeds off to a great start; and he’s giving away a “pollinator’s collection” of seeds to 10 lucky readers.
June 13, 2012
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We’re raising awareness and building partnerships to help support endangered honey bee populations. Here’s what you can do to make a more bee-friendly world.
May 11, 2012
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Would you volunteer to spend a workday afternoon with a shovel and pickaxe in a poison-ivy infested swamp? More than once?
April 19, 2012
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Whole Foods Market partners with Cork ReHarvest to make it easy to properly dispose of natural cork at most of our stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
April 15, 2012
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Around Earth Day you’ll hear lots of talk about saving our planet. But making those smart and sometimes challenging choices every day is what's going to get the job done.
April 14, 2012
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Choose wild-caught seafood that is relatively abundant and caught in environmentally friendly ways, and you’ll get delicious fish and will help ensure fish for future generations.
April 12, 2012
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But what do you do with all of those containers from yogurt, cream cheese, hummus, take-out and other plastic food storage with the #5 on the bottom? Not many recycling programs take them, but we do!
April 3, 2012
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From using reusable shopping bags, water bottles and coffee mugs when you’re on-the-go to recycling, composting and using cleaners with eco-conscious ingredients when you’re at home, your green opportunities are endless.
March 31, 2012
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As of this Earth Day (April 22), we no longer carry red-rated wild-caught fish in our seafood departments. Learn how to make responsible seafood choices.
March 17, 2012
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Green up on St. Paddy’s Day (and every other day of the year) at Whole Foods Market.
February 26, 2012
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Thanks to everyone who entered our Kids for Our Planet essay contest. It was wonderful to read about all of the amazing things these eco-kid heroes are doing.

February 26, 2012
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Try this at the office! With a system in place, you can reuse (or recycle) the darnedest things
February 19, 2012
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Raychel Santo is a sophomore double-major in Public Health Studies and Global Environmental Change & Sustainability at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Originally from Dayton, Ohio, her passion for everything “green” began with her discovery of the sustainable food movement in her last few years of high school.

Last fall Raychel participated in the Teens Turning Green Project Green Challenge and was selected as one of the 12 finalists to attend Green University. Here she shares the story of her experience.

January 26, 2012
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Tell us your kid eco-hero’s story in our Kids for Our Planet contest for a chance to win a pre-screening of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax in your hometown theater for 200 friends and family.
January 12, 2012
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The less you toss the more you save. Can a few minutes of focus on your fridge contents save money AND the planet?