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January 8, 2013
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The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with Betting The Farm, a documentary that follows a group of Maine dairy farmers who launch their own milk company in a bid to save their farms.
December 4, 2012
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The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean, which tells the inspiring story of interfaith peace through coffee.
November 6, 2012
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The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with Food Stamped, an educational and humorous documentary following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget.
October 2, 2012
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The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with The Love of Beer, a film that raises a glass to women who are dedicating their lives to craft beer – and in turn fighting stereotypes and changing the way the world views women's roles.
September 4, 2012
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The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with Lunch Line, which takes a new look at the National School Lunch Program by exploring its past, current challenges and opportunities for the future.
August 1, 2012
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The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with GROW!, a documentary that captures the energy and independence of a fresh crop of young farmers.
July 1, 2012
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The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with Truck Farm and King Corn – two films that will have you brainstorming ways to ensure the sustainability of our food system.
June 2, 2012
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A profound, alternative look at the bee crisis, Queen of the Sun takes us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive.
May 2, 2012
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As the most dammed, dibbed and diverted river in the world struggles to support thirty million people across the western United States and Mexico, the peace-keeping agreement known as the Colorado River Pact is reaching its limits.
April 22, 2012
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Today we're launching the Do Something Reel™ Film Festival, an online collection of provocative, character-driven films that focus on food, environmental issues and everyday people with a vision of making a world of difference.
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 11, 2012
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This month we're excited to kick off the online Do Something Reel Film Festival, a collection of provocative, character-driven films that focus on food, environmental issues and everyday people with a vision of making a world of difference.
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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Try this at the office! With a system in place, you can reuse (or recycle) the darnedest things
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?
December 26, 2011
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With the holidays behind us, has the urge to purge taken hold of you? Here are some tips to clear out the old stuff responsibly.
December 21, 2011
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Can you throw a fabulous holiday party and fulfill 2012 resolutions at the same time? Here are some use-me-now tips for keeping it greener while having a good time.
November 20, 2011
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Every year I try to be more mindful about how my entertaining, decorating and gift giving affects the environment. Some studies say that household waste in the US increases by 20 to 25% during the holidays. Yikes!
October 16, 2011
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Sometimes less is more, especially when it comes to many of the chemicals found in conventional cleaning supplies.
September 26, 2011
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Teens Turning Green is calling on high school and college students to take on a 30-day eco lifestyle challenge. Learn how you can change the world and win prizes.
September 23, 2011
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We think you deserve to know what’s in your household cleaning products. Don’t you? Get the dirt on full-disclosure labeling.
April 22, 2011
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We’re no longer selling red-rated swordfish and tuna as of Earth Day. Find out more!
April 22, 2011
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Do you need a spring-cleaning makeover? Learn about some great choices and add a comment by May 10th for a chance to win a slew of “green” household cleaning products!
April 21, 2011
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Unsure how to get the greenest clean? Choosing household cleaning products just got easier with our new Eco-Scale™ Rating System!
April 20, 2011
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Looking for an eco-friendly project for the kids? Try this simple bird feeder made from a recycled milk (or non-dairy beverage) carton.
April 15, 2011
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Got hungry birds? Make a DIY bird biscuit and hang it anywhere that birds can reach it! Kids will love this earth-friendly project.
April 15, 2011
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Eat your way to a greener planet! Here are some simple ways to make food choices that positively impact our environment and celebrate Earth Month.
April 11, 2011
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Support green filmmakers! A portion of tickets sales from our Do Something Reel™ Film Festival goes toward grants to help fund new films.
April 10, 2011
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It wouldn’t be Earth Month without some green-living tips, right? Each week in April, we’ll feature some of our favorites and hope you’ll share yours.
April 9, 2011
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Thanks to everyone who recycles plastic, we’re introducing some new eco-friendly packaging in our Whole Body™ department that uses post-consumer recycled plastic. Learn how to find the new stuff!
April 8, 2011
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Make a DIY fossil from coffee grounds! This simple earth-friendly project is a fun way to help kids immortalize their favorite small objects.
April 2, 2011
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Do Something Reel features six provocative films focused on passionate people making a world of difference. Find a screening near you!
April 2, 2011
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Earth Day is April 22nd and we love taking the whole month of April to celebrate. Here’s a look at some of the fun things we have planned. Together we can make a difference!
March 31, 2011
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Grow herbs in a can! This simple earth-friendly project will get the kids (or your inner child) gardening and recycling all at once.
December 26, 2010
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Green up your clean up after the holidays with tips on reusing, recycling and donating from our Green Mission Team.
December 15, 2010
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Rethinking the way you wrap gifts can really green-up your holidays. Check out our tips, and share your own for greener holiday giving.
December 12, 2010
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Green up while you party down! We’ve got tips on how to reduce waste at holiday parties. How do you green your holidays?
December 9, 2010
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Precycling aligns your shopping practices with your green principles. Learn what it means and get tips for ways to reduce waste this holiday season.
December 2, 2010
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Here are a few tips from the Whole Foods Market Green Mission Team to help us rethink holiday cards. Got tips? Share ‘em!
November 30, 2010
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Here are a few tips from the Whole Foods Market Green Mission Team to help you rethink your approach to holiday lights. Got tips? Share ‘em!
November 29, 2010
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Here are a few tips from the Whole Foods Market Green Mission Team about shopping for a Christmas tree. Got tips of your own? Share ‘em!
October 21, 2010
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While I know we don’t do it for the awards, it certainly feels good when others recognize the importance Whole Foods Market places on green issues.
September 18, 2010
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Jim is our Store Supplies and Services Specialist for Whole Foods Market's Rocky Mountain Region.
April 24, 2010
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Let In your opinion, which of these is the most impactful Earth-friendly effort? Take our poll on green efforts and see how your thoughts stack up with others.
April 20, 2010
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Earth Day is a big deal around here. So much so, in fact, that we celebrate the entire month of April as Earth Month! Every Earth Day, Whole Foods Market makes specific commitments to do more as a company to help our planet.
April 8, 2010
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Preserve Gimme 5Does your local recycling take those #5 plastics? Not many do. What to do with all of those containers from yogurt, cottage cheese, cream cheese, hummus and other plastic food storage with the dreaded #5 on the bottom? Never fear, the Preserve Gimme 5 program is here to help!
December 26, 2009
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GreenMission_200Thanks for all of the great feedback on our Zero Waste holiday series of blog posts. If everyone was taking the steps our readers are, we'd make a huge dent in that stat about North Americans producing 25% more waste during this time of year!
December 11, 2009
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Barbera is founder and president of ImagiPLAY. sukie_pink
November 23, 2009
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GreenMissionThe holidays are a time of joy and celebration, of getting together with family and friends and sharing the gifts of the season. This is also the most wasteful time of the year.
November 1, 2009
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forklifts I work in a part of Whole Foods Market that our customers probably don't think about very much - one of our regional distribution centers. Here in Maryland, my facility stocks and moves most of the product that you find on the shelves in our Mid-Atlantic Region stores.

October 31, 2009
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So, Whole Foods Market is this really “super-green” retailer with a strong Green Mission. Right? Then why are we still providing single use, disposable, non-recyclable, non-compostable, fossil plastic cutlery in our stores? Our customers ask every day why we seem to overlook our values on this. What’s up with that? As with any decent conundrum, there are a number of ways to look at this issue. The Whole Foods Market Green Mission Specialists would like to share with you why this is one of the most complex and convoluted challenges we face in trying to put our values into action.
August 27, 2009
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Southglen OpeningOur Team Members love opening new stores - it gives them a blank canvas to try out all of their cool ideas.
June 26, 2009
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While you are probably aware of the importance of eating organic foods, have you thought much about the importance of organic feminine hygiene products? Our friends at 7th Generation have. Check out what they have to say and spread the word to the women in your life. Cotton
May 7, 2009
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In celebration of Earth Day 2009, we challenged our readers to make a simple green resolution, and boy did you deliver. Your overwhelming response was truly inspiring; thousands of you shared both green resolutions and tips on how to lead a cleaner, greener, more sustainable lifestyle. Your responses covered everything from biking to work to reducing water waste to composting to reusing shopping bags to teaching children and co-workers the importance of recycling. All of these simple changes added together can and will go a long way towards greening our planet.
April 26, 2009
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Conscious Consumption Trivia
How green are your groceries? Take the "Conscious Consumption" Earth Month trivia quiz.
April 24, 2009
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Don't forget to join us for our live blog at 1pm CST today (Friday, April 24th). Green Mission
April 23, 2009
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Wind PowerWe know that our customers hold us to a higher standard than conventional stores. If you talk the talk, then you better be walking the walk. We agree. So, in case you missed the press coverage of our company's big Earth Day announcement, here's a recap.
April 22, 2009
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Earth Month

Happy Earth Day! We know we have customers, team members and vendors who are dedicated to helping our planet. Give yourself a quick pat on the back for everything you've done in the last year to green your life and business!

April 21, 2009
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Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22. In celebration of our planet's big day, why not take a moment to make a simple green resolution for the coming year? Happy Earth Day 2009Here's mine: Bike to work at least once a week.
April 19, 2009
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Up for Renewal Trivia
How savvy are you about energy efficiency and renewables? Take the "Up for Renewal" Earth Month trivia quiz.
April 16, 2009
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For the Greener Good Trivia
Which eco-friendly choices give power to the people? Take the "For the Greener Good" Earth Month trivia quiz.
April 12, 2009
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In the Loop Trivia
Do you know enough to bring the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) full circle? Take the "In the Loop" Earth Month trivia quiz.
April 11, 2009
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You may recall that we announced the Project Green Prom contest put together by Teens Turning Green. Teens had the chance to make a video and send it in to win a green makeover of their school's prom. Congrats to Claudia O. from Dallas for winning with this video.

April 3, 2009
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Earth Month

Happy Earth Month! To celebrate we've brought together 30 days worth of fun, tips and eco-minded partners to help you get involved and learn how every "little green thing" counts.

March 14, 2009
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Lakewood Whole Foods Market WOW!! What a great green store for the Lakewood neighborhood!
February 28, 2009
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SmokeAt home, we all keep our refrigerators closed and we turn off lights and televisions when we're not using them, right? That's just common sense!
February 5, 2009
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Lots of green stuff caught my eye this week.
January 28, 2009
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...Save Money, Keep Stuff Out Of The Landfill, and Have Fun Doing It My friends are always asking me for tips on how to green up their workplaces - but they need stuff that won't freak out their coworkers (I guess I shouldn't tell them to get rid of all the trash cans just yet). I thought I'd share some ideas that are really simple and have worked for us here in our Austin office.  And, conveniently enough, some of these will even save your company some money.
January 20, 2009
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Great news for recyclers out there! Some of our Whole Foods Market stores are piloting a new program for recycling #5 plastic with Preserve called Gimme 5. If you don’t have the recycling numbers memorized (like me), #5 is commonly used in containers for yogurt, cottage cheese, hummus, medicine bottles, etc.
January 13, 2009
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Pick up a newspaper, open a magazine or log on to the internet and everywhere people are talking about ways to “go green in 2009.” Yeah! The more the merrier. A simple way to get all of your friends and family involved in saving our planet is by reusing shopping bags. If you are like me, you visited a relative (who will remain unnamed) over the holidays who doesn’t recycle or reuse anything. Felt like the dark ages!
December 12, 2008
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Kathy Loftus, a limb-dwelling (as in "out on a limb") mechanical engineer with a creative writing and communications bent, joined Whole Foods Market in 2006 to fulfill the Company's desire to create a national vision and mission for an overall energy management strategy.
December 2, 2008
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After nearly two years of planning and implementation, we are excited to announce that, beginning in January, our Whole Foods Market commissary kitchen in Massachusetts will get 100% of its electricity from recycled cooking oil.  Yeah!
July 23, 2008
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On June 25th, we welcomed a new store in Reno, Nevada. There are many green aspects of our new store from skylights to new LED lights in frozen cases. One of the most exciting is a new partnership with Full Circle Compost and Hungry Mother Organics. At Whole Foods Market our sustainability goals include moving to zero waste by keeping organic waste out of landfills. Since the city of Reno doesn’t compost, Full Circle is going to take our food waste and make it into compost for us. Full Circle recycles organic waste into high quality soil amendments and custom soil mixes for the Reno area.
June 12, 2008
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Wanted to share with everyone the answer to a recent question about the plastic containers used in our prepared foods. Our customer Julie wrote:
June 9, 2008
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I’m not talking about what it looks like when I’m left in charge of the grill at family summer cookouts. Tongs in hand, I typically try really hard not to think about the pig lips my brother assures me are in the 12-for-a-dollar hot dogs that Aunt Minnie brought—and they end up neglected and charred.
May 22, 2008
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Green products are a big deal and getting bigger, but how big can they get and still be green? While more companies are starting to talk the talk, very few are actually doing the walk. Greenwashing, the practice of misleading consumers about the environmental benefits of a particular product or service, is a growing problem.

May 12, 2008
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The votes are in and the loser is: Factory Farming. In a strongly-worded report released on April 29, experts concluded that factory farming is bad for the environment, human health, the economy and, of course, farm animals.

May 8, 2008
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Proud papa Jim sent us this “If Kids Ruled the World” video saying, “The kids (and parents) at my son's preschool are so happy that you are eliminating disposable plastic shopping bags that they all got together and made a professional looking video about the subject. The video was shot at the local Whole Foods (in Los Altos, CA) with store permission and it end up winning second place at the local Earth Day film festival.” Hmmm…think any child labor laws are being violated here?
April 29, 2008
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Time magazine online has published a list of their favorite websites, including 15 green sites, listed here. Check out the list and let us know which site is your favorite and whether they missed any that you think deserve notice.
April 24, 2008
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About 3 weeks ago, we referenced a report by Time Magazine concerning the controversy surrounding biofuels. In today’s New York Times, columnist Roger Cohen says the alarm over biofuels is hogwash. Check out his column and let us know what you think about this debate.
April 23, 2008
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While we like to celebrate Earth Day every day, the official day actually falls on April 22. Throughout April, check out our weekly podcasts focusing on things each of us can do to help the planet. Find out how easy it is to do your part.
April 21, 2008
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For a reality check on climate change, read Why Bother?, an important article by Michael Pollan that appeared in the New York Times Magazine on April 20th. It goes straight to the heart of the climate change problem, addressing the attitudes that need to change before effective action can be taken and offering one way for individuals to participate in a solution. When you've absorbed Mr.
April 15, 2008
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Coinciding happily with Earth Day, this coming week is Downshifting Week. Downshifting is about slowing down the pace of your life, changing your attitude about stuff and, of course, being more green.

April 14, 2008
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While we like to celebrate Earth Day every day, the official day actually falls on April 22. Throughout April, check out our weekly podcasts focusing on things each of us can do to help the planet. Find out how easy it is to do your part.
April 12, 2008
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While we like to celebrate Earth Day every day, the official day actually falls on April 22. Throughout April, check out our weekly podcasts focusing on things each of us can do to help the planet. Find out how easy it is to do your part.
April 11, 2008
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Since this is Earth Month, and it happens to be spring, why not combine the two by doing your spring cleaning the green way. How do you clean yourself and your house without using harsh chemicals? Send us your tips for green cleaning or tell us about your favorite commercial green cleaning products.
April 4, 2008
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The Alliance for Climate Protection — a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore — has launched the We Campaign, an effort to halt global warming. Please go to the We Campaign site to learn more and speak up for solutions. Together, we can solve it.

April 2, 2008
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Alternative fuels such as ethanol seem to be causing more problems than they solve. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were fuels that could be produced anywhere and didn’t compete with food crops for land? Algae could be one. Check out this report from ENN and let us know what you think.

April 1, 2008
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While we like to celebrate Earth Day every day, the official day actually falls on April 22. Throughout April, check out our weekly podcasts focusing on things each of us can do to help the planet. Find out how easy it is to do your part.
April 1, 2008
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April 22nd will mark the 38th annual observance of Earth Day. This celebration to honor the planet has grown to include the entire month of April, and this year we observed an Earth Hour on March 29th. In some parts of the world, this spirit of concern for Mother Earth has accomplished much since 1970: recycling is more common, rivers and landfills are being cleaned up and our youth are being educated in greenness, as these videos testify.

March 31, 2008
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This article provides excellent reporting on ethanol and how it is leading to the destruction of vast amounts of the Amazon. Sample: "The grain it takes to fill an SUV tank with ethanol could feed a person for a year." Check out The Clean Energy Scam and share your thoughts on what we should and shouldn't do about this dilemma.
March 17, 2008
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This Saturday, March 22, is World Water Day, a day of awareness about the people who do not have the luxury of safe drinking water. Most of us think that such a problem can only happen in underdeveloped countries, but the recent news about pharmaceuticals in municipal drinking water in the U.S. and Europe brings the problem to your kitchen faucet.
March 12, 2008
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Those nasty plastic containers. Because it’s so difficult to avoid them completely, we should be aware of the different types out there and their potential for harm. Grist, the Green Guide and the Sierra Club are good places to start seeking information on how to avoid the worst of them. As Francis Bacon once said, knowledge is power.
March 1, 2008
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Here’s my water tip for the week: buy a stainless steel water bottle and, whenever you leave the house for more than an hour, fill it with filtered water and take it with you. This will prevent you from buying a plastic bottle of water when you get thirsty — taking one more plastic bottle out of the recycling stream or landfill. Best of all, it will help keep you hydrated and healthy. (More about those nasty plastic bottles next week.)

February 20, 2008
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Planting your own organic vegetable garden is one of the greenest activities around. Just about anyone can do it, whether it’s a few pots on your apartment balcony or a full-fledged kitchen garden that takes up most of your yard. And now is the time to start thinking about it. Even in the far north, seasoned gardeners are hovering over seedlings in their basement or on their windowsill, anticipating that first frost-free date.

February 11, 2008
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The last post about green dining resulted in an excellent idea from andrajeanne, who noted that green restaurants are difficult to find in her area. Her solution was to form a “green dinner club” with like-minded friends who take turns hosting a “green” dinner featuring local organic foods. Combine that with Sharon’s idea of forming a “green group” that gets together regularly to discuss green ideas, share upcoming schedules for combined errand-running and the like, and you have an impressive way to effect green change in your neighborhood or commu
February 5, 2008
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Most of us try to be green at home by Reducing, Reusing and Recycling, but taking that attitude with you when you leave the house can have a much larger impact. Green dining is one example. Restaurants account for one third of all retail electrical consumption, according to the non-profit Green Restaurant Association. They publish an online guide that currently lists green-minded restaurants and cafes in 28 states.
January 16, 2008
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How are those New Year’s resolutions holding up the as middle of January arrives? Or perhaps you’re still looking for a resolution? In a comment to this blog, Jami sets out her plan for 2008: She’s going to take the time to both unplug and unwind. She resolves "Every time I use some electronic device, I will unplug it after I use it—the TV, hair dryer, microwave, lamps, etc… Those 2 seconds of extra time means a better environment and a lower bill. On that same note, I’m going to unplug from being over busy.
January 2, 2008
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With the ringing in of the New Year, why not make one of your resolutions for 2008 a green one? When you head to the checkout with your purchases at the grocery store or any store, bring your own reusable bags. Keep a stash in your car or a small foldable one in your purse, and you'll be ready to answer "No, thanks," to "Do you need a bag?" Challenge everyone in your family to remember to take reusable bags whenever you head out for a shopping trip. This simple step to preserve natural resources really adds up when you think of all the plastic bags you might use in a year.
December 12, 2007
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Interested in adding an eco-friendly spin to your gifts this season? In a comment to this blog, Lela suggested assembling green kits to give as Christmas gifts. Here’s her plan: "They’ll include organic treats, samples of eco-friendly cleaning products and fair-trade cotton socks among other goodies. Instead of wrapping the kits, I got some brightly colored reusable grocery bags to put them in. I thought this was a fun way to introduce my family to the green culture and they’ll be able to use everything they’re given."
November 26, 2007
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Now that the turkey has been recycled into leftovers, we turn our attention to the gift giving frenzy on the horizon. Real Simple magazine reports, "Household waste increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. In the United States, trash from wrapping paper and shopping bags totals 4 million tons."

November 13, 2007
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Thanksgiving’s around the corner, and with it comes the many excesses of feasting. While you’re enjoying the occasion to visit with family and friends, whether at your home or theirs, it’s a great opportunity to remind everyone about recycling, reusing and composting (but probably not a good idea to be a total pest about it with any unenlightened relatives!). For example, at your home you can make sure your guests know where the recycling bins are located and any specific household recycling procedures they can participate in.
October 31, 2007
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M. Deaton writes: “Last year we installed thermostats upstairs and down so now we can more efficiently heat and cool the zones to save energy. We also regularly replace our air filters and have our ducts cleaned.” What steps do you take to prepare for changing seasons and cooler temperatures? Now might be a good time to check the house for drafts. For more tips on making your home or office as energy efficient as possible, check out these links: Residential Energy Efficiency: Priority Checklist
October 17, 2007
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When choosing your Halloween costume, why not take the opportunity to reuse and recycle? Look around the house for clothes and supplies for a cool costume, and get crafty. Can you come up with an amazing get-up without buying anything new? Send us your ideas for creating a terrific disguise constructed completely of reused materials.
October 1, 2007
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Three fl@vors subscribers will win a trip to Australia next month (click here for details). Thanks to Renewable Choice Energy 100% of carbon usage for this trip will be offset. How do you think about offsetting carbon usage in your daily life? What are some of the small steps you take to reduce carbon usage from day to day?
September 11, 2007
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School's back in session, meaning a return to routines. How do you incorporate green living and awareness into the daily routine for your family? Peggy shares her story: "My six children learned about reduce, reuse and recycle long before they learned their ABC's. They amaze me with some of the creative ways they come up with to reuse items that so many of their friend's families view as trash. So many times they have come home and said, 'Mom, you'll never believe what so and so's mother is throwing out.'
August 16, 2007
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Back to school means back to jam-packed schedules, with kids running from one activity to the next. It’s a challenge to keep everything organized. Akilah offers a great suggestion for reusing what others might simply toss in the trash to keep the myriad projects tidy: "My kids always have a project going. We reuse glass jars to store arts and crafts supplies, mix and store tempera paint, little terrariums and temporary 1/2 day bug habitats (after holes are punched in the metal top), and for kitchen experiments like pickling all sorts of things."
August 1, 2007
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Alright, we're definitely not talking about how to make glowing pasta sauce (something tells me that if it existed, glowing pasta sauce wouldn’t meet our Quality Standards), rather Jami, who shops at our Kansas City store, had a rather unique idea for how to reuse any number of glass jars, including, you guessed it, glass pasta sauce jars. Here’s her terrific idea:
July 16, 2007
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With summer heating up, lawns often need a little help staying green. While many people opt for chemical fertilizers to treat their lawns, Matt of Columbus, OH, suggests a different route. "There are many organic fertilizers on the market now, so no excuses for polluting our watersheds/groundwater. Think about it! If a sudden rainstorm hits, where does your fertilizer go? If that’s not the case, it still ends up in the water tables below. Use organic feeders and let your kids and babies play healthy! Why have a lawn if you are afraid to take your shoes
June 25, 2007
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It’s time for summer entertaining! How can we make our parties more Earth-friendly? One reader, Duane, mentioned how he is changing all of his outdoor powered items to solar powered versions. A great idea for lighting an evening get-together in the backyard. What other things will you be doing this summer to make your gatherings sustainable, as well as fun? Let us know!
June 11, 2007
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As dog lovers know all too well, it’s often not easy to keep a dog-friendly house clean-and-fresh smelling. Instead of turning to products laden with artificial scents and other chemicals, Stacy from Florida has a much better idea:
May 28, 2007
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Several of us around here have been having issues with fruit flies in our kitchens, so we were thrilled to read Shannon’s tip:
May 15, 2007
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With the spring cleaning season well underway, we thought it appropriate to address the following question raised by Linda in the comments section of our last post, “What is a green product to use that actually works to clean the bathtub shower scum off of the shower glass doors? I have purchased green and non green products. Thanks so much for your advice.” Here are a couple of “recipes” for all-natural cleaners that should help with that stubborn shower scum: Glass Cleaner #1: Combine 1/4 cup vinegar and one quart of water. Plain club soda also works!
April 30, 2007
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Earth Day always seems to inspire us to double our efforts in protecting our planet. One reader, Sun from Austin, was extra motivated — no simple light bulb changes for this woman! She explains:
April 27, 2007
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In this forth and final episode of our Earth-focused podcast series, you’ll hear all about our "Green Mission Team", learn about some bigger steps you can take to green your life and get the scoop on whether or not buying local is a good environmental choice. Please let us know what you think. Click the comment link and type away!
April 18, 2007
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In this third episode of our four part Earth-focused podcast series, you'll learn about our National Green Mission Task Force, discover some good tips for reducing emissions and waste and even how to reduce, reuse and recycle when grocery shopping. Please let us know what you think. Click the comment link and type away!
April 12, 2007
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In this second episode of our four part Earth-focused podcast series, we demystify some commonly used environmental lingo and learn about easy tips to help green your home, garden and kitchen. Please let us know what you think. Click the comment link and type away!
April 9, 2007
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Sharing our love for the planet with kids is one of the smartest steps we can take to ensure sustainability. Laura wrote in to share what she is doing with her young son to teach him about reusing everyday items:
April 4, 2007
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Right in time for Earth Day, April 22nd, we present a four part Earth-focused podcast series. We'll talk about why sustainable actions matter, help you understand what you can do and share some of what Whole Foods Market is doing as well. In this first episode, learn about our Whole Earth Weigh-In program, how to reduce your carbon footprint and what it means to farm organically. Please let us know what you think. Click the comment link and type away!
March 27, 2007
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In celebration of Earth Month – also known as “April” — we are launching this blog as a way for our readers to share their great ideas about how to keep our Earth strong and healthy. For the past year or so, we’ve invited our fl@vors newsletter subscribers (sign up now) to send us their simple, actionable tips for making the world a “greener” place – with the bonus of a $25 Whole Foods Market gift card if we published their tip in the newsletter.
December 27, 2006
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Before celebrating New Year's, help make the holidays a little greener by following some simple tips from Lauren Thomas, our favorite green living enthusiast. Next, Devon Broglie, voted Texas' Best Sommelier for 2006, shares some wisdom for choosing the perfect Champagne or sparkling wine for your celebration. Michele DiPietro, New York City recipe developer, concludes the episode by cooking up a simple plan for feeding a crowd.