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Congratulations to our winner Katherine R., from Illinois! Thanks to everyone who entered! Happy Earth Month from Whole Foods Market! While Earth Day is officially on April 22nd, we’re celebrating throughout the month of April ‘cause we think our planet is worth celebrating . . . and saving. Thankfully, small eco-friendly steps add up, especially when we’re all in it together.

In celebration of Earth Month one lucky reader will win a year’s supply of Eco-Scale™ rated cleaning supplies from Better Life. Read on to find out how to enter.

What can you do? It doesn’t have to be overwhelming and it doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing, just take a small step every day. From using reusable shopping bags, water bottles and coffee mugs when you’re on-the-go, to recycling, composting and using cleaners with eco-conscious ingredients when you’re at home, your green opportunities are endless.

So let’s each make an Earth Day resolution! No, we don’t need to break out the guitars and sing (though I’m always game) but we can start by sharing our green resolutions.

Here’s my resolution: Plant a container garden so my daughter can witness firsthand where food comes from and appreciate the incredible taste of produce moments after it’s picked.

What’s Whole Foods Market doing? Like so many of our passionate customers, we too certainly believe in doing our part — from Team Members’ grassroots Green Mission initiatives to in-store “green” efforts to developing company-wide standards. Standards like our Eco-Scale™ Rating System – an industry-first set of tiered standards for household cleaners. Eco-Scale rated products have their ingredients listed on the label (did you know that’s not common practice for household cleaners?).

They’re also third-party verified to meet Whole Food Market's Eco-Scale ingredient standards, which were crafted after consideration of environmental impact, safety, efficacy, source, labeling and animal testing. From this product evaluation, they get a red, orange, yellow or green rating on our Eco-Scale. If it’s rated red then we won’t sell it in our stores.

Not only does this rating system allow our shoppers to make informed choices but it also encourages producers to create better products.

Now it's your turn: Share one simple change you’re planning to make for Earth Day. Everyone who enters a comment on this post between now and April 22nd (Earth Day) will be entered to win a year’s supply of Eco-Scale rated cleaners from Better Life.

Valued at $350, the year’s supply of cleaning products includes: what-EVER! all-purpose cleaners; I Can See Clearly, Wow! window cleaners; Even The Kitchen Sink cleansing scrubbers; Simply Floored! ready-to-use floor cleaners; Oak-Y-Dokey wood cleaners and polish; Dish It Out liquid dish soaps; Automatic Magic dishwasher gels; No Regrets liquid hand soaps in Citrus Mint; Go Forth and Conquer hand soaps in Clary Sage & Citrus and a six-compartment cleaning caddy.

And even if you don’t win the prize, your green resolution efforts will be rewarded with a cleaner, greener, healthier planet for many Earth Days to come.

What simple change can you make? Add your comment by April 22nd for a chance to win!

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Lisa says …

This season I am going to use organic soil in my garden (vs traditional). PLUS I have a new juicer, which I am buying more and more organic fruits and veggies (looking forward to growing my own). I will be using the pulp from my juicer in my garden & using as fertilizer! Reduce, reuse, recycle!

Kara Bodle says …

I'm going to buy a larger composting bin and let my neighbors add to it!

YN says …

I will try to recycling more, such as plastic bags, and reducing the amount of trash I tend to throw away.

Timothy says …

I will check the air pressure on my truck tires weekly. Proper air pressure in car tires saves gas and extends the tire life which saves on fuel and rubber and the steel used in the belts. Its a three fold green machine savings.

Deidre says …

I am adding a bucket to the shower stall to collect water during my showers. I will then use the water in my garden.

Julie in Redmond says …

I have purchased reusable produce bags so I don't have to use the plastic ones in stores. For the bulk section, I am going to wash and reuse the small bags they use there.

Giuliana says …

I am continuing to recycle all plastic bags even food grade at Natural Grocers - they take all. I will continue to remove recyclable items from my alley dumpters and place in the city recycle containers . . . I am planting a raised bed garden and fertizling with compost from my bin . . . I will continue to recycle cell tels, shoes, and corks at Whole Foods . . . also no more fabiric softeners - vinegar and baking soda work!

Francesca says …

Hopefully try to cut down on waste by composting along with recycling which we already do. And purchase reusable glass bottles for water instead of the bottled water we purchase. Last but not least, support local--go to more farmers markets this year.

Dori McCarthy says …

I use white vinegar mixed with lavender essential oil for fabric softener.

Lisa-Marie says …

My daughter wants to plant a container garden. It will be fun to care for it with her and watch our garden grow :-)

Jeff L. says …

The simple change I'm making is to recycle my plastic bottles and food jars by using them as containers or flower pots.

Kaila says …

Bring reusable bags to stores (and not forget them at home).

Cortney says …

To make my home "greener" each day! Everytime our family needs to replace something in our home, or are planning a new purchase we are look for the most sustainable and healthy option. Replacing a PVC shower curtain with a duck cloth or EVA one instead. Replacing our plastic Tupperware with glass containers etc. It feels great!

Bonnie says …

I will continue to recycle and learn to compost for a container garden. I am using vinegar for cleaning windows and mirrors... and based on earlier comments by others will make my own fabric softener.

LaNet says …

I am going to use more cloth towels instead of paper towels.

Torie says …

I am starting my own organic vegetable garden! I will be better about using my canvas grocery bags as well.

Donna Smith says …

I am planting a garden of fresh vegies

Nancy Lowinger says …

I will compost this year and build a small but useful garden.

Ray says …

We use white vinegar for cleaning. Research it! Simple and green.

RH says …

I don't own a car. Instead I either walk or ride my bike everywhere I need to go.

Cindy says …

Use what I have before buying more. remember reusable bags at the store.

CJ says …

Will reduce plastic water bottle usage.

Jennifer M. says …

I will only buy green products and remember to bring my own bags to the store.

Blake says …

Shorter showers, eating locally-produced foods, keeping the thermostat set a little higher this summer.

Melissa says …

I will bring reusable grocery and produce bags on my weekly shopping trips.

Allen says …

This past year we started gardening and composting. This year we will be replacing the remaining incandescent lights in our house with CFL bulbs and installing water saving devices on our showers, sinks, and toilets. We're a family of 6 so this should save water big time.

Margarita Vargas says …

My green resolution is to encourage my family and coworkers to go organic, recycle, use compost and be gentle to our planet.

Walt says …

We'll be using the "green" dishwasher gel we discovered at Whole Foods Market!

Erin Wetty says …

We recently had a baby, so we are doing a lot: using cloth diapers, making our own baby food from organic veggies and fruits, planting a small garden to grow our own food, and we just joined a CSA!

Jes says …

As a way to be more green at home, my husband and I have decided to stop using chemicals and bleach to clean our bathroom, kitchen and interior. I've done some research and plan to replace my "all-purpose cleaner w/ bleach" with white vinegar. I recently cleaned my oven with baking soda instead of oven cleaner and it worked BEAUTIFULLY. I'm excited to implement a cleaning routine that will be both effective and eco-friendly. I'd love to try some of the cleaning products that you're offering as well! What a great way to encourage eco-friendly Earth mindedness!

okcana says …

plant my own greens and veggies by using organic soil and non-GMO seeds.

Judith Gradick says …

I'm a hair stylist and hair salons are typically big polluters. So I resolve to bring home all the work-related plastic bottles and containers from work with me to put in my recycle bin.

janice says …

I will only use scent free, dye free and eco friendly cleaning products to help my breathing (I use an inhaler) and to help the environment.

Dee S says …

We recycle everything and re-use or repair things we normally would throw away!

Cheryl says …

My contribution to Earth day begins with starting a backyard garden. I am a first time gardener but I have researched and I feel confident in embarking on this endeavor. This is my attempt to help improve the health of my family and the environment. I made my own self-watering containers and compost bin. I imagine the compost bin will come in handy especially until my brown thumb turns to green. I have been a recycler for some time and that simple task has decreased my contribution to the landfill 98%! There are times when that is increased to 100% because 2 of the 4 regular trash pick-ups per month I do not have any trash or my bin is less than full and I hold it until its full. My goal is to get more of my neighbors to participate in the recycling process, in my area a certain percentage of the neighborhood must participate to keep the city pick-up services. I live on a cul-de-sac of 12 homes, and I am the only reycler on my block. SMH! LET'S GET WITH IT NEIGHBORS, AND AMERICA!

Mary Jo gatzke says …

We r going to put our garden friendly garbage in our garden not the trash...a few extra steps to the garden means a small landfill!

April says …

Our family is dedicated to reducing waste this year. We are buying in bulk to save packaging and looking at everything that goes in the trash. We are recycling recyclables, reusing and repurposing as much as possible and, and composting leftover foods. We have even switched to using shredded papers for our chicken coop bedding, then composting it! It's been fun so far.

Erin Jensen says …

I am an arts & crafts facilitator at a Boys and Girls Club and resolve to provide more recycled and found-objects projects in the programming for the kiddos!

Shoes says …

We had come a long way we buy mostly organic produce, have our own garden in the patio, no bottled water(our fridge has a filter), I make most of my own cleaning products or buy only eco-friendly ones

Allison says …

We are obtaining and setting a programmable thermostat so that temperatures are comfortable when we're home and we get the most energy savings when we're at work or sleeping. I'll also be planting my own container garden this year for fresh herbs and select vegetables.

Erica Dazey says …

Buy only local produce, choose one day of the week and limited stores to do my shopping (reducing footprint), and turn off lights when no one is in the room and use more natural lighting. :)

Kaitlin says …

I will pack food in reuseable containers instead of plastic/foil.

Crystal says …

I've changed my personal care products to all natural ones!

Anne says …

I recycle as much as possible and shop local farmers' markets.

Kara Preston says …

Every time my friends buy a new home, get married, or have a new baby, I always make sure to give them only products that I purchased at Whole Foods...what better way to spread the word on being green and healthy?

Antona says …

I have many resolutions--reusable lunch containers, planting a garden behind our new house, replacing decorative rosebushes with raspberries, especially :)! I also hope to put in a clothesline this spring and will continue to carpool to work.

Yvonne says …

i always have my backpack with me and it has extra bags in it. often when someone i'm with needs a bag i can say 'wait, i've got one you can use'.

Janella S. says …

We carry reusable bags and drink containers everywhere. This year we got a hybrid car and are starting a garden.

Belinda Gross says …

Pick up trash around my university and recycle every time I can.

Astrid says …

I Recycle mine and my friends bottles, paper, etc., ride my bike, use Eco Friendly products, Remind my husband to Recycle too, and must of the time I bring my grocery bag with me, but sometimes I must say I forget it. Working on it though. And I do a few other things, but I want to do more :) Thank you so much!

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