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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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Diana says …

My green resolution and commitment is to start using environmentally-friendly cleaning products for our house and clothes washing. I'll also promote this switch to family and friends - it's easy to do and not expensive! Vinegar anyone?

Kim B says …

I resolve to compost! Growing up with hippie parents I dreaded the long walk to the compost pile after meals. Today as an adult with two children of my own,a new home and plans for an organic garden I really appreciate what composting is all about. Just goes to show you values do rub off on our kids even if they don't know it at the time! :)

Nadia says …

My office shreds EVERYTHING. Our new green resolution is to separate shredding necessities from recycling and then take that paper to the school's recycling bin across the street. We also cut off the ends of folders to turn them into letter size folders. One girl in the office started keeping these cut off ends and using them in her youth church group to make the bottom bands of the hats they make for every major event--the kids like the colors and she's saving paper!

Sandra Giraldo says …

I am not a coffee drinker, but I love chocolate. My resolution is to have a travel cup always with me, so I can enjoy my hot chocolates without adding more cups to the fields, even if I am a recycle maniac, recycle takes a lot from our beautiful planet to be processed. Next time I do my grocery in whole foods, I will take my cup to enjoy my regular hot chocolate.

my coney says …

i'd like to buy a small compost bin to put my compostable items in. nyc makes it easy in union square each week - no reason i haven't done it yet :/

Jodie says …

I will be planting five new apple trees in this upcoming week that I've been cultivating in small pot (using the seeds from store-bought apples).

meresa says …

I will make waste-free lunches for my children. I already bought their SIGG bottles at WF! Check it out: http://www.wastefreelunches.org Thanks! http://meresa1991.blogspot.com/

Robyn says …

Unfortunately our apartment complex is one of the few in Austin that doesn't recycle. So we've been collecting all our recyclables & my boyfriend takes them to work with him, where they DO recycle. :)

Judi London says …

My New Year's resolution was to drink more water. My Earth Day resolution is to eliminate my use of plastic water bottles. I will definitely need some ideas on great non-metal water bottles to help me get through this.

Sarah says …

I am starting a recycling program at my new office with staff of 7, to include: paper, aluminum, glass, plastic and steel. I recycle at home for myself, and think that my coworkers will be amazed at the amount of recyclable materials 7 people are able to prevent from ending up in landfills!

Lynn says …

I have stopped using paper towels. I used to grab a paper towel for almost everything. I had a drawer full of kitchen towels that were sitting there. Now I use the kitchen towels and no longer purchase paper towels.

Meg says …

Use my canvas shopping bags and ban plastic bags from our lives! My 4 year old son loves his "a good earth is hard to find" canvas bag...remember small measures by all can have a HUGE impact.

LaDonna says …

Continue path to quitting smoking - minimize pollutants and wasteful packaging Maintain healthy diet - slimmer = smaller carbon footprint Quick showers Reuse everything possible - Hello, RealSimple! Plant a herb/veggie garden

Alexandra says …

I will get my worm farm, so I can recycle the organic stuff and get organic humus that I will use for my plants. I will have less trash and more beautiful and healthy plants :)

Darcy Strelecki says …

My simple green resolution is to eat more locally grown fruit and vegetables.

Chris S says …

I'm planning to continue increasing green initiatives in the office.

LaDonna says …

Oh yeah - no more paper towels! Guilty pleasure no more.

Brookie says …

I will eliminate paper towels from my home.

Green vegan says …

I will get a new husband. The one I have now eats meat and is very wasteful. :o)

Kevin J Bowman says …

Remember to TAKE IN the resusuable bags I kept buying this year because I could not remember to grab them before leaving the car and entering a store.

Rhonda Murphy says …

I am already doing a lot, because of where I come from, it is easy for me to be green, that is the way it was.. so I talk to my family and friends about being green and why it is important. Hopefully they will make some changes too and also convince more people to do so..

Shannon Drummer says …

My vow is to try to use re-usable shopping bags whenever possible, as well as to compost and use our garden to its fullest potential this summer!

Tommie says …

Go "meatless" 3 days a week. Don't forget my shopping bags when i shop. Consolidate my errands to save fuel.

Tina Collins says …

I resolve to look in several neighbor states for green communities where my husband and I can retire. The area where we now live is not as eco-friendly as we desire and we both want to be among people with whom we can join with a fun and assertive attitude toward making this a finer Earth to live upon!!

Sandra says …

WALK to the store, carry REUSABLE bags, buy fruit and vegies LOOSE, RECYCLE packaging and receipts, buy BULK when possible.

CCT says …

HAPPY EARTH DAY! I want to replace all my chemical household cleaners with natural ones, keep reusable grocery bags in my car so that I'll remember to use them and ONLY them, and finally, I want to continue to ride my bike to work -- what a gift!

Carrie says …

I want to start composting. I already garden sans chemicals, but I need a real composter that is animal proof-- too much urban wildlife (racoons)for a regular pile. Or maybe a little worm colony box for the food composting and a pile for the garden waste.

elisa beeson says …

i resolve to teach my 2 year old daughter, by example, the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling!

Elissar says …

Collect the water wasted while waiting for it to warm up and use it to water plants, flush the toilet, wash laundry, etc..

Jana Simmons says …

I am trying to teach my children that you need to pay it forward however it is possible for you. We are planting a garden and sharing our bounty with family. This will teach endless lessons but mainly to tend to our earth. This is how we are starting and ending our Earth Day. I think this will be our tradition from now on. Our children are 2 1/2 and 16 months. What a great time to instill the love of gardening and to care for those around you.

Jen D. says …

I'm going to try to be more conscious of the amounts of food I buy and to have one night a week to eat the left over food in my fridge. I often throw away food because I either bought too much in the first place or my dinner plans went astray and I didn't end up eating the meal I had purchased. When I've had success with this in the past, I've planned on one Frittata night - and made sure that my other meals for the week included ingredients that would work together and in an egg dish!

Pasuhi says …

to compost all our food scraps, to be used to build up our garden which at this point feeds us for the greater part of the year.

Jenny Hung says …

Mine is : to always use my own bags when i go grocery shopping.

Beth says …

I am a runner and now that all the snow has melted I have noticed all the trash along several running paths. I vow, starting my next run, to carry my Chico Bag and pick up what ever I can on every run. Happy Earth Day

Courtney Cordaro says …

I plan to be more energy efficient in my use at home, not use every single electronic thing I own at the same time. Learn to recycle/reuse more simple things, like envelopes, boxes and paper junk mail. I also plan to find more time to review more green products at www.leafygreen.info so that other people who read this website can benefit and know what green items are best for them and environment.

suzanne Kidd says …

I will only use non- disposable water containers, not buy the little bottles of water(less than 32oz)

Edamommy says …

I am really making the change with my home cleaning products. I just researched and wrote an article about home cleaning products and the one that disgusted me the most was commercial dryer sheets. And, I discovered that all of those magical 'dryer balls' are made of pvc. So, I dug out some old tennis balls, washed them and now they are in my dryer. I did that test where you try to run water through your dryer lint catcher and no water ran through mine bc of all of the residue from dryer sheets.

Cheryl says …

I will buy a can or carton to place in my kitchen to collect things I can recycle. I only have a trash can, no "recycle" bin. Then, I have this huge blue recycling tub, that gets picked up every week and never fill it! How horrible am I!!?? I want to start recycling cans, plastic,... everything and anything I can without throwing it away! So, if I have another can in my kitchen, I can start placing things there until they're ready for the BIG blue can. This is my green resolution!!!! EARTH.PEACE.LOVE --- that's what I'm about!

Janaine Conley says …

Our plan as a family is to never take home a plastic bag from the store. Even if we forget our reuseable bags, we walk out without a bag if the store allows it.

Ray Baker says …

We already do a lot of green things....canvas bags at the grocery stores, work from home, plan our errands so we don't make many trips, recycle at home, wash laundry with cold water and reuse bath towels. New green idea: We are planting an organic garden this year.....tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, radishes, onion. lettuces and zuchinni and more!! Looking forward to feeding my family healthy home grown veggies!

Shawna Mahan says …

I want to create a compost for scraps and biodegradable materials.

Taj Ahmad says …

To plant a garden in the back of my home for the fruits my children eat the most of, tomatoes, etc.

Courtney Holiday says …

I decided to cloth diaper. With my HE/low water washing machine & eco friendly laundry soap. And it's going great!

Meghan says …

My boys are 14 months and 2.5 years and both wear gDiapers (love gDiapers!!). Most of the time we use flushable inserts, and I resolve to start alternating with cloth more regularly. Happy Day, Earth!!

Kari says …

My green resolution is to use re-usable bags every time I go shopping (whether for groceries, clothes, etc).

Melanie Coggins says …

My resolution is two fold. As an English teacher, I am trying to go as "paper-less" as I can. I am posting articles on-line and when I do use paper, I am bringing anything that is unused home for my kids to color on, write on, etc. I am also turing my laptop off each night and unplugging it.

nick says …

for those that do not like to put their reusable bags back in to their car as soon as they get done unpacking the groceries, simply hang them on your house door knob so that you can be reminded to grab them the next time you are heading out.

Kate says …

I will do a better job of taking my reusable bags with me everywhere AND I will unplug things that aren't in use. Also...it's farmer's market season!!!

jennifer young says …

change all the light bulbs in my house to energy saving ones!

Carolyn says …

I will bring my reusable bags anywhere I shop, not just to the grocery store.

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