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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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Erin from long island says …

this is the first year i have posted a new eco tip every day all Earth Month on my blog. i plan to do it every april

WM says …

I plan to start walking more and driving less!

brittany says …

Im Planting a garden this year for the first time and love it...Been learning so much about how important it is to recycle,reuse shopping bags,turn off lights.I want to do everything i can to make a difference!

Naddez says …

I going to use my dryer less this summer and dry my clothing, blankets, sheets outdoors.

Sara Harrington says …

I resolve to get our office certified as a green business by Sustainable Sandhills. For more information: http://www.sustainablesandhills.org/GreenBusiness.html

Dicey says …

My Earth Day resolution is to reduce my carbon footprint as much as possible. I contacted my electric utility to take advantage of their renewable energy program. I replaced the incandescent lightbulbs in my house with CFL bulbs. I recycle as much as I possibly can and there is no excuse since I live very close to two recycling centers as well as participating in my city's weekly recycling program. I have switched over to reusable shopping bags, water bottles and coffee mugs/cups. I am also making a resolution to use cloth kitchen towels rather than paper towels and have switched to single ply, recycled toilet paper (which took some getting used to...LOL!). I love my Mother (Earth). She's the only one we've got!

Diana says …

100% commitment to using canvas bags every time I go grocery shopping.

Dr. Brie Gindele says …

I am planning on growing my own organic garden outside of my house for one. I am also trying to increase awareness through our office on utilizing organic substances vs. chemicals for household cleaners to make-up. Baby steps, but it will all help for cleaner waste = cleaner soil = cleaner plants/air/animals/etc.

Vivian says …

Bring our compost contributions to our local CSA farm; use reusable bags to store my gym laundry and shoes instead of the plastic bags supplied by the gym; stop buying bottled water and bring reusable bottles everywhere.

Camille Petrocelli says …

Camille Petrocelli: I already do lots of things to recycle and one that I really love is arts & crafts with things we normally throw away. Like envelopes that our bills come in can be cut into strips, rolled into paper beads and strung up for a cute necklace or bracelet and the patterned paper makes great card backgroundsor bookmarks. Magazine inserts can be punched out & make paper flowers used in collage or scrapbooks…paper rolls inside toliet paper or paper towels can make cute birdhouse (inside use only) just cut to size and put a cardboard roof on and decorate…plastic lids from food products are great for mixing paints, or putting a photo in for a cute frame,,,I think I save everything for future uses (arts & crafts and more). so many more ideas… check out my blog: http://camillescreations.blogspot.com

Patricia Moss says …

Resolved: Plant a victory garden. Support local farms, farm markets and stores like Whole Foods that do the same. Use cloth grocery bags. Encourage everyone I know to drink tap and avoid bottled water.

BD says …

With nicer weather upon us, I plan to start picking up trash around the neighborhood.

Jo Ann says …

My plan this year is to be electrically green in my home.

Heidi says …

I am going to try to stay away from take-out and all the non-recyclable containers napkins and silverware that go along with it!

Portia S says …

There are several things that have done to go green: 1)eating organic foods and patronizing local farmers; 2)no longer buying bottled water, but instead using a water filter and transporting my water in a reusable container; 3)Reusing pots/pans that were only used for something simple, before washing them; 4)Placing a recycling bin next to the trash can to ensure that I don't throw away things that I can recycle; 5)unplug all non-essential electronics/devices when not in use (i.e. cell phone charger) 6)use natural cleaning products 7)reuse glass containers from foods for storage/or drinking glasses

Nikki says …

I am going to plant an herb garden and I'm going to try to grow at least one vegetable!

Robbie says …

I bought a water cooler and am switching to that for my regular use instead of bottled water. :D

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alexa says …

EARTH DAY will be celebrated by recycling all the trash that we will be picking up in the community. We always fill glass and pitchers with water and leave it to air out to get rid of the chemicals. Don't even need the commercial filters.

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Susan says …

Wash our laundry in cold water and leave it to air dry. Receive all bills electronically. Use reusable bags, bottles, and use my own containers for takeout. Use cloth diapers more frequently and unplug all my cords when not in use. Also, walking to the stores, banks, and parks in lieu of driving.

Dominique Bereznak says …

We have only led off to apply an electric vehicle on some farming solid ground , which is 95 % created of recyclable product -.this was the first of many to get, I think.One minor outcome is the distance it can cover - but, when you cerebrate it is merely used on the farm, it has not been. Forced to a fault far over distance.I fully support all efforts to keep up, recycle and recycle - and it should be something that the whole nation.should be doing - NOW! .

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Katie says …

Very sad to think buying full spectrum fluorescent bulbs is your contribution to ecology. They contain mercury and cost more energy to dispose of--not to mention if you drop a bulb the danger--and any neurologist will tell you they cause migraines --even seizures in susceptible people--and some researchrs will tell you they cause retinal damage in susceptible people due to the increased blue spectrum uv's in the full spectrum versus conventional bulbs---the best way to contribute to the saving of our planet is to have less children!!!!!!!!!!!

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