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Make a Simple Green Resolution and Win!

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. Full disclosure: The last time I owned a bike, it was a blue Schwinn with a hot pink basket and I was 10. Sadly, I've outgrown that bike. But now, after months of bugging my friends for bike recommendations and visiting all of the bike shops around town, I've narrowed down my choices and am finally ready to invest in an "adult" bike at last. By this Earth Day, I am determined to be a proud bike owner/commuter/road warrior at least once a week. Why not every day? After years of making (and always breaking) grandiose New Year's resolutions, I've learned that the simple, realistic changes are the ones that really last. Now it's your turn. Tell us one simple green change you're planning to make for Earth Day. Everyone who enters a comment on this post between now and April 30th will be entered to win a $25 Whole Foods Market gift card and a FEED 100 bag. The winner will be announced the first week of May in our Whole Story blog, so stay tuned! And even if you don't win the prizes, your green resolution efforts will be rewarded with a cleaner, greener, healthier planet for many Earth Days to come. Here's to wishing you and yours a Merry Earth Day and a Happy Earth Year! Check out more green ideas on our Whole Story blog. Visit our website for more Earth Month tips, trivia, contests and more. Send this Earth Day Greeting to your friends! Share through Facebook. Digg It.

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Terri says …

I plan to reduce red meat to just twice a month, and have one "veggies only" day each week. And I'll begin my vegetable garden this year! Yay!!

Sylvia says …

For more years than I care to remember, I have had a vegetable garden. I recycle the peels and vegetable,fruit,etc. cuttings into a compost heap. We do not use the dishwasher, but, rather, plastic bins in the sink(washtub idea). When we run the hot water, in the beginning, I put it in gallon jugs which I use to water my plants(inside and out--been doing it for more than 25 yrs.) I have always made it a habit to stop at various stores along the route of my destination or, on the way home in order to conserve on fuel and wear and tear on our cars (one is a 1990 Acura, and the other a 1994 Lexus). Since our household drinking water has a ucky taste, I take my bottles to locations where I can buy GOOD drinking water. Several years ago we had a heatilator fireplace insert installed, so in the winter we can conserve on using the gas furnace(this way we are only heating the area we are in). Also for over 40 years, we have had storm doors on our homes and added insulation as well as double windows (all to conserve energy and improve the comfort within the home). Although we have air-conditioning in our home, except for the comfort of guests in summertime, we personally do not use it. We have a cabin in the mountains which has solar panels and a backup generator. So, all my life, I have been very aware of our environment and the need to conserve and respect Mother Earth. I will continue to do so for many years to come.

alana says …

when i need to use the car, i will make sure my tires are fully inflated to get better gas mileage and cut down on CO2 emissions!

Mimi says …

Bring a grocery bag every time when my son and I go to... a playground or beach. Every time when he is digging we find some trash. My resolution is to put this in the bag and throw it away in a garbage bin. One bag at a time. If every parent at the playground or beach will join us we can make the playground or beach a cleaner and safer place for our children.

Tiffany says …

I will recycle more often and make sure all charges are unplugged when not use, I also make sure all the lights are off in empty rooms. I'll also start making my family walk to more places as opposed to driving.

Marcia says …

I reuse printer paper I've printed off, but have no need for the copy. The back side is used for another copy or for scratch paper.

lucia fontana says …

I will not use any plastic or paper bags from now on and I will unplug all appliances in the house when not in use. I also decided not to use anymore plastic wrap. I will use light bulbs that are (ugly :}) but eco friendly. I will make sure my friends, or at least the one that I can convert, will follow and I will hold them to it by checking in with them regularly . :-) HAPPY EARTH DAY TO ALL!!!!!

Jerilyn says …

I will always bring my own bags with me when I go shopping! I can't believe how many plastic bags we use. I've been saving them up and am planning on bringing them back to the store this week to recycle.

mandy says …

We always have lights on and t.v.'s playing, so I have decided that when leaving a room we make sure we turn something off and we just replaced all our light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs!

Bonnie says …

I plan on being consistent using cloth bags for all of my shopping---not just groceries. I also want to get into the habit of using a cloth bag to carry my lunch to work. I try to do these things,now, but it is the consistency that I'm aiming for.

Samantha says …

I have a large family and I am always looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste we produce. Last year we stopped using all types of food storage products, baggies, plastic wrap, tin foil etc. We store everything in re-usable food containers. This year I aim to eliminate the use of paper towel and try to always buy products that have minimal packaging.

Sarah L. says …

I will turn off the computer when I'm not using it and I will actually turn off the surge protector too.

Bob Groff says …

To be the change I want to see happen. To stop pointing at people and help them start or continue down the path of environmental actions.

Becky says …

I pledge to use reusable bags for grocery as well as Target, clothing stores, craft stores, and all shopping.

Italia Millan says …

My green resolution is to install a rain barrel at home to collect rain water, reducing water runoff. The water collected will be used to nourish my plants : )

Donna Harmon says …

I am going to recycle more and use more environmentally friendly products.

Rachel says …

To reuse or recycle more of the things I take for granted, not just the usual plastic/glass/paper I'm used to.

Niurka says …

I will eat more local products.

Donna says …

I am going to recycle some of the "stuff" that I have by having a yardsale style free giveaway. Let people pick up to three items that they can use or just want and let them take it. They will get something they need/want and I will have the pleasure of knowing that I have shared these items with others. I might also meet a few people and make some new friends.

Augusta says …

My green resolution for Earth Day 2009 is to get recycling bins for my classroom. I teach PreK & I recycle just about anything I can in my classroom, but mostly I just sort of throw it all in the same box or bag to take to my recycling bins at home. If I get individual bins at school, then my students can help me sort our recyclables. This in turn will get them to take responsibility for recycling. Hopefully, this will lead them to want to recycle at home and possibly for a long time to come! Teach 'em young, I say!

Mariann says …

Ask Consumer's Union to include energy efficiency and environmental impact in its "Consumer Reports" product ratings.

wini says …

if i need to buy something, i will look for a used version first. i will carry my reuseable shopping bag with me AT ALL TIMES.

Sarah says …

I bought cloth napkins a couple of months ago and already I'm amazed by how much napkin and paper towel waste I was generating! My next step is bringing them to work to avoid using a half dozen flimsy little napkins at lunch time every day. I've also stopped buying plastic food storage bags and instead reuse the ones I have (haven't bought a box of them in over 8 months!), along with the resealable bags that my tortillas and baby spinach come in.

Ron L says …

Conserve by turning AC thermostat setting up to 74 degrees.

Susan Jacob says …

I am only using my reusable shopping bags - no matter where I shop - no matter what I buy... Be it groceries, clothes, etc... If my purchase won't fit in my bag, then I take it home bagless. If I by some wacky chance, I forget to bring my reusable shopping bags into a grocery store, then I take all my groceries out to my car in a cart with no bags and load them. (I've gotten quite a few looks and questions on this one, but I've also affected others to look at their carbon footprint and make a change)... WORTH IT!!!! We have already changed all our light bulbs, we wash our clothes 90% of the time with cold water, we buy local when we can, and organic when we can. We will take our recyling once a month to a pick-up location since our recycling program has not been re-instated since Hurricane Katrina. We have always recycled plastic bags (but have tried to completely eliminate accepting any). I faithfully clean my lifetime electrostatic air filter monthly and have used the same one for 15 years. I save $25 a month on my energy bill! We have been recycling gift bags, wrapping paper and ribbons for many, many years. Our group of friends have decided to start celebrating birthdays by not giving gifts, but our help. One year we did a backyard makeover for a friend. 20 people showed up with tools to cut down monster weeds, cut grass, till the soil, create & mulch flower beds, plant trees, plant bushes, plant flowers, hang bird feeders and clean off the patio area. We took before and after pictures and it was the jump start our friend needed to have a tranquil backyard that would have taken many months to achieve by herself. Another friend was renovating her house going on two years. I made some calls, promised beer and pizza and about 20 people showed up with tools and we shaved about three months of work off her to-do list (we scraped tar paper off the floor, painted walls, cleaned debris out from under the house and made dump runs, landscaped her front yard, etc...) There is power in community, there is power in an individual... HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!

Angel says …

Use reusable shopping bags

mary gay white says …

Where I work there are many buildings that supplies come in cardboard boxes. I have made it my pledge that every empty box that I come in contact with I take to the recycling center. I do this once or twice a week and pretty much fill up my CRV. My co-workers tell me that I am trying to save the earth to which I reply, no just trying to do my small part to make a difference.

Dawn says …

I will try to use more locally grown food & buy less processed food. I will commit to at least one day a week to be "meat-free"... I also am making a concerted effort to use less water!

Lyn says …

I choose not to own a car and instead use my feet, the wonderful buses, and Zipcar when I really have to have a vehicle for a few hours. Less stress on me and on the planet!

Jeannie Kutsunai says …

I will start a small windowsill garden.

Ann Moore says …

I will refrain from purchasing any beverage not packaged in a mandatory recycleable container. By this I mean all beverages must be sold with a refundable deposit - IN ALL 50 STATES! Let all of us be responsible for our actions. Future generations are depending on us.

Leah Harkness says …

Alhtough I can't give up bananas and other tropical fruit, I do want to make an effort to eat 90 to 95% local food.

YoungOk says …

My green revolution is to eat raw, having all foods from local organic farmers in order to reduce the impact shipping causes on the earth.

Beth Adams says …

We have decided to use only reusable bags from here on out, have doubled the size of our compost, and have even signed our children's school up to recycle such things as drink pouches, yogurt containers, etc - we have embraced it as a family and are now hoping our excitement is contagious within the community!

Jenn Chrysadakis says …

My kids and I love to find new ways to turn trash into treasure! Here are some of our latest ideas: Bookmarks made from cereal and cracker boxes, change purses made out of milk cartons, paper bags as treasure maps, egg cartoons as jewelry boxes... the possibilities are endless. My kids are so proud of the items that they make, we even share them with family and friends. These projects allow me to spend quality time with my kids and them busy for hours! I no longer need to depend on the TV, computer or video games to entertain my kids, now I just pull out the bag of "stuff" and they go to town!

Carolina_Mom says …

I plan to utilize as little air-conditioning as possible. I will plan my car trips and roll windows down for air. I will open windows whenever possible and use ceiling fans to cool my home. I will use the outdoor grill for cooking if food needs to be cooked/heated. My family and I will find a shady tree to to move our picnic table where we can eat and talk together. Green is Good!

Sheila says …

I plan on going meatless at least one day a week. That is one thing I did today to celebrate Earth Day.

Kelly Garbato says …

I already eat a vegan diet, but I pledge to try and grow more of my own foods this year, and grow enough to gift the extras to members of my community.

cgk says …

I will start composting again and will install a rain barrel on the house, so that we can water our vegetable garden and fruit trees/bushes.

amy brown says …

my green resolution is to get my toddlers involved in recycling. they love putting items into the recycling bins they decorated themselves!

Madeleine says …

I'll pack my lunch with reusable napkins and utensils, instead of using the single-use kind offered at school.

Emmy says …

I took my bike far into the city today rather than the subway! Even though using public transportation is better than driving a car, the bike was a step further in the green direction! -E

Jenna says …

I always have background noise (sound system, tv, internet radio). BAD BAD BAD. I've tried to justify it by saying there's no silence at home (neighbors--people/their tvs/dogs/roosters--, traffic, occasional gunfire), and I'm just drowning out the noise. But that's an excuse. I luxuriate in quiet at the office. So, I'm going to invest in good earplugs and hope the tinnitus doesn't thwart me. Minimize electronics, America!

Mariruth Johnson says …

I will not take my lunch in disposable bags and use reuseable items.

BrigitteAntoinette Ware says …

So far my husband and I recycle and have a garden, but this year I want to compost too. The lady we bought the house from 9 years ago, had one out in the back yard, but we discontinued it. So this year, I will buy a charcoal lidded cookie-type jar that I saw on the Today Show, and sit it on my counter by the kitchen sink and try saving scrapes for a compost pile. I already car pool with my daughter some days and use the bus other days, and I have a bike. I use the same cloth bags for grocery shopping, and get lots of clerk comments, but I want to try and get my husband to stop smoking, and encourage him to do more walking and get out of his car.

judie says …

My resolution is to get a recycling program up and running in my congregation with many people involved. It's long overdue!

Peg Mikkola says …

I keep a water can handy to run water in until it gets hot enough to wash with so that the water is not going down the drain. I hang out clothes. Do lots of other things- recyle, compost etc.

sherri says …

try to all lights to cfl use more reusable bags groceries lunches bottles and put in a garden this year and more natural cleaning products and also go paperless for bill i can pay online

Lidia says …

Hello Happy Earth Day! What I been doing is placing my organic trash in newspaper and wrap them in packets. I place the packet in the recycle bags, I use to be a plastic bottle bag and then I dump the trash in the dumpster. I also use old brown paper bags as my trash bag. And lately I bought those recycled plastic trash bags. - I recycle all of my plastic items at home and work. - I use CFL bulbs for my lamps at home. - I try to buy recycle paper towel and toilet paper most often. I keep the lights off at home in the rooms that are not in use.

Mark N. Mead says …

For this Earth Day, I pledge to plant as many green wonders -- vegetables, shrubs and trees -- as I can this year, in order to help fix more carbon and take a step toward stabilizing the global climate system. Today I attended a presentation at the EPA on how to build up the soil so that plants can become more vital and resilient, even amidst adverse weather conditions. I have already begun carpooling to work on a very consistent basis and will continue to do so. May we all learn to live with less (thus generating less waste) and to find joy in simpler pleasures! Mark Nathaniel Mead, MSc Durham, North Carolina

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