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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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BethieofVA says …

My resolution is to be more conscientious about recycling. I am so guilty of just tossing my plastics, paper, etc... in the garbage.

Danielle says …

We're going to start turning all the computers off in the house when we're done using them instead of leaving them running in case we need them.

Michele says …

I'm trying to be aware of how much water I waste running the faucet - from my son's bath to brushing my teeth, from washing my hands to hand washing dishes... my goal for Earth Day is to be more mindful of how I use such a precious resource!

Debbie Mcafee says …

I will always remember to bring my reusable coffee cup with me when I get lattes at coffee houses, including the coffee bar at Wholefoods.

Nicole Nunez says …

Over the years, I've made more Earth Day Resolutions than New Year's Resolutions and I want this year to be the same. I do my best to live green, like volunteering at our local farm and supporting them through CSA, but I often get lazy in my personal life. I'll admit it: I waste water. It's not insanely excessive, but I know I do it. This year, I would like to cut my use of water. I will do this by always turning off the faucet when brushing my teeth and taking shorter showers. I will be sure to soak lots of dishes in the sink and wash them all at once instead of under a running faucet. I vow to NEVER toss out the remaining boiled water from making a cup of tea. I will do everything in my power to stop my cats from flushing the toilet. They're super sly, though...

gary c says …

remember to turn off the water when I'm brushing my teeth and not just leave it running.

Elizabeth Cawood says …

I am going to bring a recycling bin to my workplace.

Erin says …

I am making every effort possible to minimize the use of plastic bags. While in the past this has been restricted to grocery shopping, I am extending it to every store I shop in, including mall stores. I have found that stores in malls, in particular, are not keen on this idea, as they use the bags to advertise, but I will not be bullied by them anymore!

Hana K. says …

I will be trying to switch from paper towels to cloth towels!

Maddeline Lussier says …

I am going to start turning my lights off more and just opening windows instead throughout the day.

La LodiGrana says …

To use only products made from recycled paper for all of our stationary and packaging.

Sharon says …

I pledge to not get coffee unless it's in my recyclable coffee tumbler (I buy coffee almost every day), and not buy bottled water at all this year!

Sanjeev D. says …

I wish everyone a healty and wholesome "Green Day". It's about time something is done to benefit our mother Earth and it's nature. I have done my share to contribute by keeping lights off until I need them on. Also this past winter I've kept the heat off until I really needed it. I tried to stay warm by wearing sweaters & socks. This summer I plan to keep all windows open and take part in outdoor activities rather than stay home and have the air conditioner on. Also I would urge everyone to buy a reusable cloth bag which is usually on sale for $1 in your local Walmart store. This will greatly reduce the use of plastic bags. Even the smallest effort made by each member of our community can make a big difference to the environment. Here's wishing everyone a healthy & wholesome summer.

Evelyn says …

I will remember to bring my reusable bags when I go grocery shopping.

Adam says …

I plan on increasing my diet intake of mostly whole, natural, organic foods and reduce my fast/prepared foods to less than 5% per month. I use to eat more than 50% per month fast/prepared foods. Currently I am having a Green shake for breakfast, wrap with steamed veggies for lunch and a fish/meat dish on the grill or stir fry for dinner. Would like to prepare more natural pasta's too and reduce intake of prepackaged flavored packages...

Kimi says …

Take my own reusable bags when I buy groceries. No more new plastic shopping bags here! I have already made a killer flax market bag for the farmers' market!

Diane W says …

Composting! I have been composting leftover green waste (veggie peelings, ends, things that are past prime), coffee grounds, tea leavings, used paper towels and napkins, shreded junk mail and other paper. My gardens love it and it reduces the amount of waste that I put out in the trash.

carri kessler says …

i will turn off the water when i brush my teef! AND turn off the lights when i am not in the room!

Joanmarie Diggs says …

I've always used my canvas bags when shopping at Whole Foods, but fail to do so at other stores I shop at (e.g. drug stores, hardware stores, book stores, etc., etc.). Part of it is the hassle of having to remember to always have bags handy just in case I feel like shopping; most of it is admittedly not wanting to deal with store personnel who feel inconvenienced by having to use my canvas bags. Needless to say, I wind up consuming quite a bit in the form of plastic bags every month. :-( My green resolution, which I started a couple of weeks ago, is to remember to keep sufficient canvas bags in my car, and to always bring them into any store I shop at. No more plastic bags for me.

Jessica says …

I'm trying to use the dryer less often and generally being more aware of energy usage (unplugging electronics when not in use, not standing with the fridge open, useing the crockpot more, turning lights off etc.).

Jen Skidmore says …

I'm investing in environmentally friendly body products including shampoos, soaps, and conditioners that go right back down the drain. Also, I'm looking to buy them in bulk to reduce the waste created by so many plastic bottles! It's killing 2 birds with one stone - plus, these products generally smell fresher & yummier than the non-environmentally friendly kinds. Mmm, tea tree oil & mint!

Sarah says …

I will remember to bring my own reusable bags to the store and will keep them stored in my car to help ensure this!

Dave Staples says …

Now that it's spring, I'll buy all the produce I can from the farmer's market!

Angela S. says …

I've heard that unplugging small electronics or appliances when not in use saves on electricity (particularly things with clocks). I'd like to give this a try!

Jill P. says …

My son's school is .7 miles from our house, we're going to walk or ride our bikes instead of driving!

Katie says …

I pledge to not flush the toilet every time I go wee to use less water. Hopefully my roommate won't mind :) I am also investing in a CSA this summer - saving resources by buying straight from the farm!

Cameron says …

Conserve electricity. Trying harder to make sure things are not left on in the house when we don't need/use them. We changed our bulbs years ago, but always forget to unplug the cell phone chargers. My daughter also always leaves her light on in her bedroom. So this year we are making an extra effort to remember to not waste energy.

Cole says …

In an effort to be more green, I bought reusable bags for my groceries and other purchases. Now my goal is to actually remember them each time I get out of the car and head into a store.

Vette Dabney says …

I conserve electricity/gas use..and limit the amount of lights i turn on at night...I use cloth shopping bags...i take the train and bus as much as possible.. i conserve water..and conserve dish washing/ washing loads... I also pre-cook meals to last for more days.. I also recycle all cans, plastic bottles, newspapers and paper bags! I've also tried out the new energy "swirl" design light bulbs!

Mark Concannon says …

I am going to stop using plastic coffee cups when I buy at the coffee shop. Also, I will either walk or ride my bike to work at least three times a week.

Amy Kaufman says …

With a three year old and a one year old in the house.. there seems to be a constant mess in my house! This year (and I am still working on it!) I decided to become more green by using cloth napkins. My children absolutely love using the napkins ( we store them at their level so they can grab them when they need them- and can also help to set the table!) While I know that I am doing more wash (and who wants that when you already have two children's clothing) I know that I am helping the environment by using less paper products and reusing cloth napkins. I think my entire family likes the change and besides a cloth napkin cleans much better and absorbs much more than paper napkins.

Naomi says …

I am finally taking "the plunge" and after debating it for 4 years - and over many plates of steak, pork, salmon & sashimi - am going VEGAN! No meat or animal by-products of any kind (including eggs, cheese & animal milk). I'm in my second week and, although I ate my last medium-rare steak at Outback 15 days ago, have overcome the meat & seafood cravings I experienced the first few days. Now, meat doesn't even look apetizing. Only veggie sushi for me!

CMG says …

As a student, it's pretty hard to be eco-friendly @ school. The university I attend does not make it easily accessible to recycle. Therefore, I am making the conscious decision to bring home all my plastic bottles & recycle them from home. Also, whenever I print anything, I use small print & use both sides. It's not much, but it's something!

Rebecca says …

To use less plastic and to recycle more. Looking into alternative green packaging for our kids lunches and snacks.

Meghan says …

Earth Day reminds me of how lucky I am to be able to enjoy everything the planet has to offer. My resolution is to volunteer more for organizations that help the environement by cleaning the beaches and educating others of what they can do to help.

Alissa says …

My goal as I work though my spring cleaning list, is to stop buying any more commercial cleaners as I use up the ones already in my cabinets. I don't like the thought of what I'm leaving on my surfaces, and in my air, as I "clean", so it's time to make a break from the name brands, and concentrate on what's better not only for my home, but also for the environment at large.

amanda v. says …

I am on a mission people! To save on paper waste in EVERY way possible: • I receive and pay most of my bills online to save paper • I am registered on the "do not mail" list & i cancelled a lot of my catalogs subscriptions • i only use recycled paper towels and bathroom tissue • I reuse and recycle all my office paper waste at home & work • I donate my magazines to hospital waiting rooms and thrift shops • I only buy recycled greeting cards and stationary • I only use reusable totes at the store • I hug trees :) Honestly i can say these changes were pretty simple, easy, and i enjoy not having piles of junk mail sitting around my house.

Kristin Bybee says …

I only use CFL bulbs now, I recycle everything I can. I use tote bags at the grocery store. My husband and I do not have jobs that we need to drive to work, so we're saving gas money and saving on emissions! This week, in honor of Earth Day coming up and in honor of my health, animals and the earth, I have gone vegan. Yes, not just vegetarian, but vegan. I figure if I'm not going to eat animals, I shouldn't eat anything else that comes from them. This will be a challenge, as my husband thinks I have lost my mind, but I am hoping to help him see the light by my actions and how healthy I become!

Max says …

My green resolution is that I will pick up more litter and garbage on the ground and put it in the proper recycling receptacle!

Ken Pounders says …

i'm trying to be more conscientious about our lighting (have switched to flourescents and cfl's) and trying to go as paperless as we can. This is at home and at our office.

Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats says …

To start using reusable bags at the grocery store! No need for that much plastic!

Ron says …

I always have iTunes on my computer when I leave my apartment, still playing songs when I'm not at home. I should turn it off or put the computer in sleep mode. I do sometimes/rarely remember but I should make an effort to.

Rhonda Murphy says …

I am already doing a lot, naturally, coming from a third world country, it is easy for me. I am trying and will try more to just talk about being greener to anyone in my circle of friends, just starting with little things, purchasing habits, water usage, chemical free living, pesticides free vegetables and fruit, .. you will be surprised at how many people you can convince to change for a healthy planet!! Eat less and better, it is easy!

Christopher Balma says …

I am going to start walking everywhere I need to go in San Francisco proper. I live in the exact middle of a city which is only 7 X & miles, there's no reason to drive or even use the bus to get anywhere...save on carbon emitions and a great way to get exercise and actually see what my city has to offer

Susan Corn says …

I plan to remember to use my reusable totes when going shopping!, and to stop buying water in plastic bottles.

Elise Brent says …

Tomorrow I am going to create a compost pit in my backyard and try to get all my neighbors to use it.

Meri says …

After successfully sticking to our New Year's resolution of eliminating plastic water bottles, our family has decided to stop using paper towels. For me it has only been tough in terms of cleaning, but I'm committed to the change & challenge! :)

Hanna says …

I've been meaning to buy a bottle so that I don't have to waste so many plastic ones! I'm definitely going to purchase some for my whole family.

Jackie says …

My green resolution is to replace every light bulb in my house with compact fluorescent bulbs. I won't run the water when I'm brushing my teeth or washing the dishes. I will support local farms to minimize the distance my food travels, and try to eat all natural and organic foods to prevent myself and my family from eating harmful substances.

Michelle says …

I will be remembering to keep my re-useable bags in the car and I will be bringing back the ton of WF bags I have back to my local store so they can be reused. To those of you using the CFL lightbulbs - just be aware that they contain mercury. So you need to be sure not to break one and dispose of them properly.

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