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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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Shumyla Jan says …

I'm making it a point to go to the local farmer's market EVERY weekend.

carrie obrien says …

Bio friendly cleaners, cloths rather than paper towels,

marie says …

We already use homemade cleaners - next I'd like to try dishwashe soap.

Lanita Schumacher says …

Recycle anything our family can!

Donna says …

I recycle my old running shoes and keep lots of cloth grocery bags in my car. Recycle any plastic, glass or aluminum cans and donate the funds to charity.

Jen says …

I'm all about Eco friendly and human friendly products. I see to many people sick from chemically laden toxic products. There are none in my house. I would like to try to make laundry detergent this year using homemade soap. Unless I win. Thanks

Lori Salomon says …

Expand and improve the Garden w/ raised beds and a chicken coop

Lara says …

Here's a new one and something that I have not read on the posts. I have a water filter/water dish for my animals that uses plastic filters. This means I am dumping more plastic away as the filter is not re-usable. I found a glass one that I can re-fill myself w/ the charcoal and now no more plastic filters...

Steven Ralser says …

Ride my bike more, get the kids to turn off their lights.

Darlene A says …

I teach several Kindergarten classes about composting and then use the compost to plant a flower for their Mother's for Mother's Day. That's always exciting for me (and for them) We recycle whenever we can and I've been blessed with the results we've obtained. I'm a real believer in composting...

Michele Lewis says …

We all use reusable lunch containers, recycle everything possible, and use reusable tote bags. I also prefer rehabbing housewares to buying new ones. This year I plan to conquer getting rid of dry cleaning bags.

Dallas Lawyer says …

I stopped buying plastic bottles of water by the case. My house is old and I don't trust the tap water from the old original pipes, so now I use the best water filtration system I can afford and fill clean water bottles I keep in the 'fridge. This year I'm looking ahead to another miserable summer. My current plan is to buy a small energy-efficient, window air conditioner and use it to cool only a small part of the living space. (Haven't yet solved the problem of cooking without cool air, but I'm working on it!) Hopefully I'll be able to avoid using the still functional but old and power- hungry central air system completely. If it works, I'll do the same thing upstairs and just cool down my bedroom at night.

Eliza says …

We recycle and donate all used goods to charity. This year I plan on planting an herb garden.

Ramona says …

I use and will continue to use mesh bags for holding the produce that I buy at the market - it's more eco-friendly than using the plastic produce bags.

Katie says …

I'm definitely going to be using less chemicals around the house (baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, and castile soap for the win!) and on my body. And always, ALWAYS using a reusable bag for groceries or any shopping in general.

colleen gilgenbach says …

I've stopped using toilet bowl cleaner. A regular cleaning with a toilet brush works just fine. Why did I think I needed a chemical? There is enough chlorine in the city water to sanitize it.

Deanna says …

I will use a Tervis 24oz cup for my water in the car instead of a bottle, carry fabric bags in the car for shopping, & discontinue use of cleaning chemicals

Ty-Rex says …

Watch less TV-save electricity and read more.

Christina Wokson says …

I will make my household cleaning products out of natural good for the environment ingredients.

Anne says …

Will try to always have a reusable water bottle with me so I don't have to buy bottled water

Sunny says …

We are recycling everything we can. Making weekly trips to the MET. We have started a compost bin, to cut down on trash/ waste from our home. We have also installed raised bed gardens. I am using less as far as chemicals around the house, trying instead to use natural alternatives. I have also started using natural products for personal use as well. We try to walk more and use our vehicles less. We planted a tree and are now enjoying the small amount of shade it is producing. Overall we are trying to live greener and cleaner. Sunny

Ron Vogel says …

Always remember to put the empty bags back in the trunk, and always remember to oepn teh trunk before leaving the parking lot and heading into the store!

Courtney S. says …

I recently planted a vegetable garden in my backyard. I can't wait for all the delicious veggies to start growing.

frank says …

I plan to sun-dry all of my laundry this year. Also stop using store-bought fertilizer for my yard. I have a compost pile and I will be saving my urine and add it to the pile. Urine is a great natural fertilizer for the grass.

Brett says …

I'm going to halve my garbage output, getting more into my compost and recycling bins.

Coleen W says …

I do everything we can from little things like recycling and making some of my own eco-friendly cleaners to extremely low gas drinking car, energy star appliances, etc..

Renee says …

Plant two blueberry bushes in my backyard - so we can make blueberry crisp from scratch!

Martha Lamarche says …

I just began using a Smart Kleen ball instead of laundry detergent. No more chemicals in my laundry machines or on my family's clothing.

Connie says …

By using a water filter system & refillable alumunium water bottles & camelbacks, we have cut our use/purchase of bottled water by more than 90%. This is just one step we've taken to be more conservative & we're saving money in the process as well.

Natalie says …

My resolution is to slowly break the habit of using paper napkins. I've always been brought up on disposable paper towels and napkins, and it's taken a real mental shift to move towards more sustainable methods. Now that I have a nice supply of washable dishrags and chammies, it's time to get some cloth napkins to use on the daily! And, as always, my resolution is to try and rub off my environmental crazy on some more of my friends :P

april says …

I'm starting to take the bus more to cut back on gas usage.

Elyse McGowan says …

I have two older children and one young child in my household. When the the oldest were little I had no concept of eco-cleaners, the internet was only just getting poplar, my parents did not have this philosophy and I was the only one of my friends that even had children. It has amazed me to see the breadth of knowledge that one has to have in order to be eco-friendly. One can not only be aware, but educated. It is a good feeling that all of kids will learn, as I do.

Emily says …

We've bought a Brita water filter instead of buying bottled water. It saves money and the environment!

Dana Kroh says …

One change that I am making is incorporating more local foods into our diet. Local lessens our footprint eliminating the gases from delivery trucks-- I have enjoyed going to our local Farmer's Market once a month. And with the Summer coming, the Farmer's Market is soon to get a lot more variety of produce. :)

Leah says …

My daughter's and I have switched to glass water bottles - no chemicals and the glass keeps it cool longer!!

Cassandra Smith says …

Green Products all the way!

Rachael S. says …

This Earth Day we're making a commitment to go organic in EVERYTHING, have meatless Mondays, fish Fridays and salmon Sundays. I know they are steps that many households already do, some even doing much more...These are big, important, moral and health decisions for us to live healthfully and hopefully for the future in our house and the world as a whole.

Rebecca says …

I bought some tomato and orange trees. While we enjoy fresh veggies and fruit, I'm also teaching my son the importance of being good to the earth, and how important fresh and organic foods really are.

john says …

Recycle bags

Beth Meier says …

I will use People Towels at work to cut down on my use of paper towels & napkins.

Penchant for Produce says …

My fiancee and I have been chipping away little by little at our carbon footprint. First with simple things like turning off the water while brushing our teeth, turning off water, and general recycling. We have made strides towards up cycling by reusing small yogurt cups to start seedlings for our garden. We buy things in bulk and/or larger containers whenever possible. We run a food blog focused on healthy seasonal cooking and feature recipes that take advantage of a lot of ingredients that are unrefined and less processed. My fiancee now works in water resources engineering. This year we will be leveraging some of the skills he has learned in his profession when planting a vegetable garden for the first time. We will be experimenting with drip irrigation at the bed level to use as little water as possible to water our garden. Additionally we plan to install rain barrels to collect water that runs off the roof and down the downspout and will use this to water our crops. We took another big step this year - realizing that we did not really need two cars we recently sold one of our cars and are working together to make fewer trips around town by combining errands, riding our bikes, and carpooling whenever possible. We would love an opportunity to try out new cleaning products which do not contaminate the water supply. Water is such a precious commodity and the amount of scary chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and hormones in the existing supply is simply staggering. This earth day I would love to make a contribution by finding new ways to conserve this most precious commodity both by using less and by keeping it free of contaminants.

Erin D. says …

We are making the switch to cutting down on hot water use. We will wash our clothing in cold water as well as our dishes whenever possible. We also plan on cutting down our shower/bath times to use less hot water. Our three kids love this plan as they hate taking a bath :)

Jen P says …

I am planting a small garden with my children for the first time to help them understand where their food comes from!

Jaimee says …

I'd like to recycle more and use more environmentally friendly products.

Amanda says …

When I was younger I remember watching my grandmother bring out a green recycle container and she would tell me,"One day you will appreciate this." Now that I'm a mother of a 18 month old I started realizing what a difference I can make in my family's life and our world. So I began recycling and it's turned into a wonderful game. We sing," Save, Save don't throw away not going to stink up our earth today." I'm blessed I am able to share all these natural environmental ways with my daughter. And continue the memories she will carry with her just like I did with my grandmother.

Sandy B. says …

We've been using reuseable shopping bags and water bottles for years but, over the course of the last year, we have made alot of changes in our home. We switched to cleaning most things with baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar. When we need something stronger, we use only environmentally safe products. We even changes our laundry detergent and the soap and shampoo we use in the shower - all that stuff goes down the drain and into the water supply you know. We also started buying "paper" towels made out of bamboo. We planted our own container garden but also joined a CSA farm that is only 6 miles from our house. Finally, this past weekend, we embarked on our first composting experiment. Wish us luck!!!!

Maria Puerta says …

Health start here, understanding that we created a toxic live around us and now we have the chance to go back to natural products. This is paramount for our future. I'm so happy to see more personal responsibility. Having a baby was my awakening, realizing that in order to be happy and well I needed to start from the house, cleaning products, organic foods, filter water... Thank you for this products and this work.

Joanna Kohlbus says …

I teach 3 year olds and we'll be spending Earth Day (actually the whole week) talking about different things we can do at school and at home to help our Earth. At this age, the kids are VERY receptive to new ideas. We'll even be composting on the playground our leftover food scraps (on a small scale!)

Megan says …

No more Miracle-Gro! Instead I will use organic fertilizer for my garden.

Sara says …

I will use my eco-friendly Kangen water ionizer to produce strong alkaline water, which has detergent-like qualities, and strong acidic water, which has anti-bacterial qualities and can kill viruses within 30 seconds of contact. This strong water easily replaces and outperforms harsh and environmentally unfriendly chemicals and cleansers!

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