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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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joyce says …

My goal for Earth Day is to use all the water I usually waste from cooking and soaking, to water the plants and herbs. I plan on getting some great summer vegetables and herbs, cutting down on the indoor air pollution and beautifying my apartment!

Marcy says …

i am going to remember to bring my reusable whole foods grocery bags when i shop.

Hayley Kittle says …

My green resolution is to never waste anything again! I am going to reuse scrap paper, I am going to reuse water bottles, I am going to reuse old newspaper and boxes, etc!

Heidi says …

I think my biggest environmental no-no would be wasting paper. As a college student, paper is everywhere; flyers, posters, essays, syllabi, etc. I have just started doing this out of financial desperation, and realize that I should always be doing it anyways. Whenever I get paper, I will save it especially if it blank (or mostly blank) on the back. Then, I will turn in all assignments (except official resumes and important documents) printed on the backs of those extra papers. It saves money from buying white printer paper, and cuts down on recycling mass. (Because even though it is great to recycle, it's ever greater to reuse.) It's easy to do, and I'm trying to hook up my friends to do it too.

Jaime McCaw says …

My green resolution is to unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. I generally only remember to do this with cell phone chargers, but would like to see if I can save more energy if I pay more attention to what is plugged in.

Ben says …

I read somewhere that over 2 billion disposable razors and refills end up in landfills every year! I will do my part by only using an electric shaver and stop buying those disposable ones. Also, think of all the money that could be saved as well as packaging waste! It's a Win-Win!

Mariah says …

I've started to set the timer on my dryer for half the time then I hang my clothes to dry for the rest of the time. Half the energy and my clothes actually make it to their hangers instead of in a pile in a basket! I bring my own bags for produce (I hate those flimsy plastic bags anyways!) and reusable totes for all of my shopping. Also, you can't discount carpooling daily and recycle, recycle, recycle!

Christine Fran Connallon says …

I've expanded my veggie garden for this year by doubling the raised beds. My yard on Long Island here in the North East is not big at all but I'm going to try to grow all the veggies my extended family needs for the summer. Gardening is spiritual and brings a sense of peace, both physically and mentally. And what better way to get back to the earth than by being IN it every day? Weeding barefoot while gardening organically is a reward in itself!

Mary says …

This morning at the gym, I noticed empty plastic water bottles in two different trash cans. There were probably 10 other trash cans around the gym that I didn't check. My green resolution is to campaign for all the Austin area Gold's Gyms to add recycling bins for plastic bottles next to all trash cans. And to not stop UNTIL THEY ARE IN PLACE (why aren't they already??!). Off to look up their management contact info...

Gloria Clark says …

Happy Earth Day Everyone! I will be cutting my gas with a manual push...no gas emissions!!! I used it last year as well...just gotta sharpen up the blades. Also, I have reduced my use of plastic bags and am sure to bring my cloth ones along for groceries! Please take time to care about our planet! Glo :o)

Tiffany says …

My green resolution in honor of this year's Earth Day is to make my daily lunch as green as possible! I want to completely eliminate my bad habit of using plastic sandwich bags, disposable utensils, plastic water bottles, and paper napkins. Instead, I'll make sure to use reusable containers, bottles, and utensils, a cloth napkin, and pack my food in a reusable lunch tote. It will be my small way of reducing waste and going green.

Denise says …

Will promise to bring my own cup for coffee.

Pam says …

I plan to actually use my reusable totes.

Erin says …

I am going to stop using plastic utensils at work!

Toni Luc says …

We are changing all our cleaning supplies to green products and now have all three forms of recycling in our house, including composting! It was a fun weekend shopping at Whole foods for the supplies!

Aileen says …

I vow to continue to recycle plastics, glass, and paper. We are still pretty new at the whole concept. Luckily I have some wonderful folks helping me through the process. I also plan to focus more on conserving electricity by keeping the thermostat higher and finding lower energy solutions to keeping the house comfortable. Such as floor fans, adding ceiling fans where possible, and air drying dishes instead of using the heating element in the dishwasher.

Kristine says …

I think the best thing I started doing is to bring reusable containers when going out to restaurants. No paper, plastic or styrofoam!

Ashleigh says …

My green resolution to ride my bike to work at least twice a week!

Misty Beier says …

My Earth Day resolution is to use a rain barrel to water my vegetable garden.

Mary Risling says …

I'm "wrapping" gifts in re-usable tote bags instead of paper or plastic - bags, baskets, or boxes. For adults and children alike, the wrapping will be part of the gift instead of trash.

James says …

As I live close to my work, I will walk or bike at least once a week. I frequently bike after work and it would be great to help the environment out by driving less. I will also try to get my roommates to become more green by using the recycle bin more and generate less trash.

Logan Johnson says …

I'm getting a (used) bike this weekend. When I do, I'm going to use it to do all of my nearby errands. I'll also go to the farmer's market the entire summer to get my fresh produce and eggs. I can't wait for that to start!!

Rebecca Poe says …

I am making two pledges. First, I am going vegetarian. Two, I am getting BioBags for my dog Bella when we go for our walks.

Helen Carlson says …

Big savings on electric bill and for the environment: instead of using the clothes dryer, I hang wet clothes, towels, and sheets on a clothes line. If the weather is rainy, I put the clothes on plastic hangers and hang wet towels and bedding over the banisters. If the clothing needs fluffing, then I put the stuff in the dryer on "Fluff" with no heat for 10 to 15 mins. I wash everything is cold water, that's also good for the environment and saves energy.

Brooke Szczepanski says …

I am going to greenify the church! I am going to get people recycling, start a composting bin, change bulbs to CFLs, and plant a community organic veggie garden! It's time to pass my green knowledge onto other people to spread the goodness!

mackenzie b. says …

my green resolution is to be crazy obsessive about power usage. whenever i'm not using something, i want it unplugged!! i'll also be biking and walking everyplace nearby (moving to a new city for medical school after graduation!), and i'm going to take showers no longer than 3 minutes! i'm so excited for this next year, and adding these resolutions will make it that much more rewarding!

Tasha says …

I already pick up trash whenever I can, and I try to recycle the recyclables that I find (I always do at home, work and school!) but I want to get more actively involved with cleaning up and preventing litter and making recyclablity more readily available in local schools.

Helen Carlson says …

Instead of buying bottled water, I refill the empty bottles that I've kept with tap.

Heather says …

My resolution is to bring my reusable bags with me to every store I go to. I have so many but forget to grab them on my way out the door.

Kathy says …

My resolution is to finish an entire plate of food at the dining hall and to reduce the time of my showers! Yay Earth!

Amber Meyers says …

My goal is to be vegetarian atleast 5 out of 7 days a week. Also, to take shorter showers, waste less paper and to start a garden in my yard.

Rebecca Hathaway says …

I am going to try to collect more water while waiting for sink/tub to get warm. Also trying to be more conscious about plastic lunch bags etc. Meanwhile, our family already owns a eco-friendly deck/concrete sealing company and we use reusable bags, ride bikes to school & store, recycle, compost and try to be good about electronics. This winter we turned the thermostat down 4 degrees to about 63 during the day and 58 at night.

Carol King says …

Tomorrow I am changing all the lightbulbs in my house to CFL. I will not use the air conditioning until the temperature reaches at least 80 degrees. I will use more environmentally friendly household products. And I WILL teach my husband the value of being eco-responsible. I keep reusable bags in my pick-up, my car and in the saddlebags of my motorcycle. I have installed a low-flow showerhead. I have a gizmo that senses when an electronic device (energy leach) is not in use and turns it off. I recycle everything I can. I re-use as much as possible, buying and selling on sites like Craig's List. I ride my motorcycle when ever possible to reduce gas usage, 50-60mph vs 26mph in my 6 cylinder Ford F150 or BMW 530i.

melissa says …

To take the environment into mind when I purchase my new car this month. Looking at low emission, fuel efficient models

Rachel says …

I vow you use my tupperware more often and less to hopefully none of the disposable containers like ziploc bags etc. While trying to reuse the ones I have now as much as possible.

Michelle says …

My resolution is to buy more local produce and eat less meat.

Clarissa says …

I will rinse my dishes with cold water instead of keeping it on hot and wasting energy.

Debbie T says …

I want to try to always use my canvas bags for shopping. Not only grocery shopping, but all other kinds of shopping as well.

Elena Cordisco says …

I have pledged and have already begun to unplug any appliances and chargers when not in use, always use my own recyclable bags, never ever buy bottled water, recycle everything possible including glass which will not be picked up in my area.

Ali Sayed-Ahmad says …

Hi...I need this so bad. My dad is about to lose his job at GM. I'm suffering, please help me.

Jeana says …

We are going to replace all our light bulbs with the more energy efficient ones, with timers in rooms that seem to be forgotten about. We are placing power strips on all electronics so they will all be shut completely down when not in use. We are remembering more and more to use our canvas and other reusable bags for shopping and things. We are going to start composting for our new organic garden. I would love to get a hybrid car... for now I just cut back on how much driving we do. We also recycle. Any other ideas come up that we can comply with are always welcomed.

Donna says …

My Earth Day resolution is to use canvas bags instead of plastic at the grocery store.

Cara D. says …

I am resolving to use less paper products in my house & buy products with less packaging. I absolutely hate the amount of paper towels, napkins, & toilet paper that typical houses go through! I definitely want to be making fewer trips to both the grocery store + the recycling plant.

Shanyne says …

I am installing rain barrels on all my downspouts this weekend!! My goal is to reduce my city water usage by 2/3 this growing season!!

Cynthia Leathers says …

Our newest resolution: We will recycle all the metal from the empty cans our cat's food comes in. Other ways we are getting our pets in on the green lifestyle: - Our 8 cats use only biodegradeable cat litter (one is made from corn, one from pine, one from recycled newspaper). - We only buy them cat food from organic sources and in the largest sizes available to cut down on the amount of packaging used. - We repurpose fabric from old/unrepairable clothes & textiles to make creative cat toys - like mismatched socks, stuffed with catnip we grow ourselves, or braiding fabric together to make toys they can carry around.

May Hsiao says …

My green resolution is to use reuasable grocery bags at every store and to use paperless statements for all bills that I am currently getting in the mail.

Jennifer Chandonnet says …

We commit to a few actions for my household to reduce our footprint this year: 1) Wash clothes in cold water 2) Replace bleach vinegar and other eco friendly cleaners 3) Bring reusable bags for all shopping not just grocery stores 4) Switch to Cloth Napkins and Towels 5) Buy from local Farmers Market 6) Feed Sabre our Lab a USA made dog food Hopefully this and other tips we get will make a difference.

Jodi says …

I plan to visit the Austin farmer's market at least once a month and make every attempt to shop for local foods.

Dawn says …

will not let the water run while brushing my teeth and shall reuse shower towel to cut down on washes

Brandi says …

My Green Resolutions: DO NOT run water while brushing teeth. As much as I try, I can not master this simple task. BIKE TO EVERY BAR (+/- DO NOT BECOME AN ALCOHOLIC) Bike to work once a week, even if it's raining (I am leaving no room for Seattle loop holes)

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