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Win a Year's Supply of Greener Cleaners

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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Amanda says …

I have been hemming and hawing about switching to natural/green cleaning products, but now is the time to do it. Having a year's supply of them would certainly help!

Doreen says …

With the price of gas going higher and higher (and I've heard it's even worse in other parts of the country), I'm going to do more walking and combining trips. It saves gas and helps the environment. So it's a win win situation.

Melissa says …

I will compost!!!!!!!!

Bridget says …

I regularly use my canvas shopping bags and bike to markets and for running local errands. I also use my BPA free water bottles and also bring my own coffee cup to fill up at Starbucks! I also use an earth friendly laundry detergent and kitchen cleaner. One simple change that I can make for earth day is bringing my own sacks to fill up with nuts and rice and such rather than use the provided plastic bags : )

Ray says …

I intend to water my lawn & flowers with wastewater coming from sink & dishwasher using nothing but earth friendly products.

Steve says …

I will continue to reduce my carbon footprint and better the environment by living cleaner and greener. I will also continue to educate my family, friends, and co-worker of the benefits of shopping at Whole Foods.

Ilani says …

I live as green as possible: eat 95% organically, compost from my kitchen, use natural products at home both indoors and outdoors,hang laundry outside in all seasons, bring recycle bags wherever I shop, wash dishes by hand, water my indoor plants with dishwater, pick up recycleable items wherever they are found then place them into recycle, and try to educate others about organic produce / natural products / recycling!

Jim says …

I ordered some red wiggler worms to set up a vermicomposting bin. This will allow the worms to eat my kitchen scraps and the casting will be used to feed my plants in the vegetable garden so I can feed myself.

jim says …

i always pack my kids lunches in reusable containers or sack bags that can be washed

yt says …

i try to make all cleaners for our household from scratch

cheryl says …

always store extra reusable bags and extra water bottles in your car

Hector Plaza says …

I've recently started gardening in my parents backyard. They really weren't doing anything with it and I thought it would be good for us and the environment to grow some of our own food. Now I'm trying to teach friends and family from school and work how amazing the experience is! They always look at me like I'm nuts, being from the city, but it has been an incredible journey so far and it JUST started!

Lauren says …

We do not have recycling pick-up in our area so I started recycling on my own (driving it out to a drop-off location) but have been slacking off lately..So my resolution is to be dedicated to this again.

Dawn Martinez says …

Use fewer paper towels! :)

Susanna says …

I will try to remember to take tupperware with me to restaurants so I can pack my leftovers in my tupperware. In this manner, I don't use the restaurants' containers which end up as garbage.

kristine says …

I am trying to not just narrow it down to one thing but to be more eco conscious througout everything I do.

Nay says …

One simple change I'm planning to make for Earth Day is to help my local friends order FREE CFL bulbs via the web to use at home. They've been made available to use from our energy company for years now, but my friends ignore this terribly. I realize that even though it's free to order, not everyone knows how to. I'm going to be that link to help them do that. Thanks.

Crystal says …

Take shorter showers - save water!

Cindy Kostrzecha says …

I already run an All-Natural home. Additionally, I am trying to make every effort to hang-dry laundry, turn off unnecessary electrical items, open the windows every chance I get, and to drive less. I think clamping down on our use of Natural Resources as a human population will make the biggest impact on the Environment and the Earth.

Cindy says …

Always use reusable bags, recycle everything I can at home & work,encourage others to recycle,use less chemical products around my house, save on utilities (using less electricity) and less trips via car to save gas.

blue says …

I will use household products such as baking powder and vinegar to clean everyday things around the house. No chemicals

Vivian B. says …

We are going to get a water barrel to catch rain water for the garden.

Christy says …

Recycle every day. It does make a difference.

brian says …

Turn your backyard into a habitat for local wildlife. Provide eco-friendly bird feeders, baths (water source), squirrel houses, bat houses, leave shrubs for them to use for nesting, plant flowers that provide seeds and food they can eat. Remember... it's thier home too.

Linda MacDonald says …

purchase products with low packaging use; always use reusable bags, cleaning products made from environmentally safe ingredients; electronic e-waste always.

Marina says …

I will do more with less! :) My family and I are starting a new mission of when we do eat out, we don't use the plastic straws or lids for our drinks.

Erika D. says …

I will stop using harsh chemicals to clean my home; happy family and environment.

rich says …

becoming a one vehicle household: donating car to animal shelter. Constructing rain barrels for downspouts to reduce water runoff and water use from city.

Candace Drimmer says …

Not to buy garbage bags. Ever. Literally, throwing away resources and cash.

Bethany says …

Currently recyling is second nature to me. I would like to get more into the composting, and adding a rain barrel on to my house so that I can recyle the rain water. I would also like to add more eco friendly items to my kitchen.

SK says …

I will recycle more!!!

Gina Jonson says …

We have made every effort we can to start really "thinking" about ways to live better for the environment and for ourselves. We ordered THE largest recycling container unit you can get in our area, and in fact we now have two...a "mini me" as well. We are filling it up with no problem, and I love that! Nothing goes into the trash without passing mamma's recycle inspection. LOL We use low-flow showerheads, adjusted our water heater tank, changed to eco-friendly bulbs throughout the house, use glass containers to store leftovers, use recycled aluminum foil, reusable lunch boxes and "baggies", etc. We do a lot more, but I don't want to take your entire website. LOL

Romina says …

I'll get rid of all non-eco cleaners at home.

Kathy says …

This spring, I will be planting vegetables in our community organic garden!

christy says …

i use a mix of vinegar & water to spray the shower/tub/shower curtain when we're done. cuts down on grime which cuts down on cleaning & the need for cleaning products!

Holly says …

Cut down on the number of plastic water bottles I use--even though, I recycle them, I will use glasses at work instead of bottles each day.

Tracy Schofield says …

Use reusable shopping bags for all shopping, not just Whole Foods trips.

Vilma says …

I bike to work 2 x's per week, pack my lunches daily, visit the farmers market on weekends, purchase clothing from thrift stores, unplug all electronics when not home, reuse glass containers for homemade orange juice and other drinks and use newspapers to wrap gifts ;)

Mariha says …

We are planting an herb and vegetable garden to assure ourselves we're getting fresh produce, and if we can't grow it ourselves, planning to buy at local farmer's markets as much as possible.

Roosevelt says …

I'm going to use reusable bags at the market.

misty says …

I've been doing this for years, and continue to do so (not just on Earth Day). I always wash my clothes in cold water. When the weather is good, I use an umbrella style outdoor clothes dryer instead of a electric dryer. Unfortunately, I'm in Seattle, so there are not many sunny days here. But still, it is better for the environment, and cuts our electric bill! It is easy to be Green!

harriett says …

Air Conditioning set at 80 degrees and it's all the coolness I need!

Rosemarie Watkins says …

I'll leave my empty reusable grocery bags by the door so I'll remember to take them out to the car and use them again!

Jules says …

1. Ride my bike to work at least twice a week. It cuts back on pollution, saves me had money and keeps me in shape! 2. Add another tray to my composting unit and start educating others about composting. I have cut back on waste over 50% from composting. I know because I only take out the trash once a month. My friends used to think it was gross until they saw it for themselves an saw the amazing fertilizer they have received! 3. Use my compost to grow more than herbs. Try to grow the veggies I buy regularly. For extras- bring them and share them with co-workers to show how amazing organic produce is!!!

harmony says …

I am starting planter boxes!

Jessica Lodge says …

I'm going to make my own cleaning products in bottles I already have.

Tracy Robinson says …

I am a stylist and am going to continue to encourage my clients to clean their closets, but with a new angle - donating unwanted, unused clothing is a form of recycling! I am going to encourage clients to keep a "reccling bin" for clothing - when one comes across a garment that he/she hasn't worn in a while, or is stained or damaged (charities want those too because they can sell the fabric), toss it in! Then periodically drop off at the most convenient charity drop box. I take my garments to the Hannah Home bin at my local Whole Foods!

Jerry says …

I plan on saving more electricity & committing to sticking to organic produce/products.

Puran Kaur says …

I reuse paper towels by just opening them up to dry, placing them under the kitchen sink and pulling them out when needed. Help! I've become my Grandmother. She was "green" before the term was coined. I would come to her home and she had used paper towels drying on her dishrack. Thanks, Grandma!

Greg says …

Continue to recycle household waste, compost, garden organically, and buy locally whenever possible.

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