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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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Tamar Z says …

I continue to collect plastics and return them for recycling. Have been using my own canvas bags for over 20 years and always bring my own water bottle. There is an organic community garden supporting 15 families in my backyard. I lead two Girl Scout troops that practice eco conscious activities. I walk my daughters to school every day. We buy all our meat from Whole Foods to ensure safety for us, the aimals and our planet. I clean the house with non toxic products and use soapnuts for laundry. Even with all this, I always look for anything more I can do.

renae patterson says …

I will try to use only eco-friendly cleaners in my home. I also try to eat meat free meals 5 days a week.

Bee Kirchgatterer says …

I made the switch to greener cleaners without chemicals and perfumes to help my lungs and my home!

Anthony says …

I've shortened my commute by changing jobs, and will try cycling to work and should take about the same time as the commute to my old job

Mary Kay says …

I plan to check out blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/homemade-cleaning-solutions to find non-toxic cleaners made with vinegar, salt, lemon juice and baking soda.

Patricia says …

I resolve to use more green cleaning products!

Valerie Taylor Mabrey says …

I am going to start to recycle all cans, not just aluminum. vmkids3 at msn dot com

Erica Coe says …

I will be switching from clay cat litter to a natural, biodegradable litter. Also, I will make sure that I put food scraps that don't go in my composter into our yard waste cans. The city just supplied indoor food scrap collecting buckets to make this even easier.

Caryn donnelly says …

I no longer use chlorox wipes. I use a greener all purpose cleaner and paper towel.

Casey Meade-Gruidl says …

I'm finally getting chickens!! I plan on selling the eggs to people in my community!! Also doubled the size of my garden, so will have enough to can my own food!

Shane Treadway says …

My Earth Day Resolution is to turn off the water in between rinsing dishes.

Shelly says …

I still have a few incandescent bulbs in my house - I'll be replacing those with CFLs.

JoAnne Green says …

My resolution is to speak out more to family, friends, and even strangers about the necessity of offsetting our carbon footprint and generally being conscience of the impact we make by our decisions. Recycling, reducing waste, composting, etc are no longer an option if we are to save this beautiful planet.

Anita says …

I will continue to bring my reusable bags to all stores, recycle all materials accepted by my trash company, turn off lights, drive less and much more.

Ashley H. says …

I am starting a community garden at my office

Jessica says …

My son and I are planting a vegetable garden together. I have also started using eco-friendly cleaning products, detergents, etc.

Rita Thomson says …

I use SOS pads and put the used and not finished ones in a sealed small jar that stops them from oxidating quickly, this lets me use it over and over again with minimum or no rust. Also, I have made my own cleaners with vinegar, water, alchol, and liquid soap in a reusable bottle. This gets the scum off the showerdoor. I have my garden with WF starter veggies, also I am using potato skins that sometimes sprout plants, and fish emulsion to cause a healthy growth. I supply coffee grinds to the many plants we have. I have more but I am trying to get my housework done

Jack says …

I will build a compost box for my mom so we can recycle some of our trash for our garden.

Theresa says …

I teach an ecology unit every year and try to add something each year that the students can use in their lives. This year it was recycling to decrease landfills and next year it will conserving water by doing simple things like not running the water while brushing your teeth.

MINA says …

I HAVE THE KIDS RECYCLE WITH ME.

Nila Vehar says …

Bringing reusable bags on all shopping trips. Cleaning with green products. Encouraging others to reuse, recycle and conserve energy.

bapperoo says …

use cold water in the washing machine, and dry outdoors.

maureen says …

Save dripping tap water and use as little water as possible. I have also just installed a reverse osmosis water filter in my home. Turn of unnecessary electrical on a consistent basis.

Rox says …

Make a checklist which includes: use only green cleaners inside and outside of home, ride bikes to local store, make sure all light bulbs are changed out for energy efficiency, all cars have reusable bags for shopping, adjust all thermostats, throw out & recycle all non natural/organic products throughout home, start organic container gardening, and plant a tree : )

Julie says …

Since my birthday is Earth day, I am always coming up with resolutions. Shopping at goodwill, biking to work and running errands,. Planting a garden for the first time this year!! Not only will it be local and organic, but I will have fewer trips to the grocery store. I'm getting friends and neighbors to join me, so it's extra exciting.

erik says …

I will continue being vegan, and try to convince my fiance' that we can clean without using lysol sprays.

martha says …

I plan to drive less and when I do drive, to combine my errand trips to be more efficient!

Heather says …

Start eating vegetarian twice a week to better my family's health and reduce our carbon footprint

Kim says …

I will not buy any more bottled water, but use a reusable container.

Roger says …

I am going to purchase eco light switches and use compact fluorescent lights in my remodeling project to cut down on energy consumption. I would also like to get a rain barrel.

Rachel says …

I will work to educate myself and my clients about all companies that use GMO foods and avoid them in my home. I will continue to teach new families and my own kids how to make easy and affordable decisions to live chemical free and healthier for our nests and families. I will continue to teach my kids how to be stewards of the earth.

Ann Sullivan says …

I'm determined to find a more earth-friendly method for dealing with pet waste. The city recommends bagging it and putting it in the trash; I hate putting it into a landfill.

jess says …

use vinegar to clean with!

Paige Sowles says …

We are stepping up our recycling efforts beyond the glass/card board we usually recycle AND we are going to start composting- very excited!

Melanie says …

I have opted out of birthday cards for myself. I'd told everyone I'd much rather receive an e-card since I get all of my mail and bills online as it is. I don't know know how many cards I've thrown away over the years and when you also consider the ink and the transportation to mail it, the carbon footprint must be huge. I'm also trying to convince others to do the same and let them know I'd rather spend the extra $4-5 on a meaningful gift for them! When I do give a gift I try to use recycled bags/paper as gift wrap and stamps instead of disposable 'to/from' tags!

Deb says …

I want to use more eco-friendly cleaners. Will definitely be going to Whole Foods.

lucy says …

i vow to no longer use paper towels. yes, the paper towel stand will now need a new use, but in all actuality, there's no need for them, (in my house at least). see, i recently had a baby and realized how many needless paper towels i have been using to clean up after his mess's... but no more. the solution? face towels. yes, they sure do the trick (even better to clean, in my opinion) and they just need a quick rinse to reuse. yes, they can hold bacteria and germs, but a quick jolt in the microwave can kill most of them, OR just toss into the hamper and get a new one. So that's my vow... NO MORE PAPER TOWELS!

LGP says …

Caring for the lawn with compost, spring cleaning with vinegar, baking soda and Dr. Bronner's, recycling kids' outgrown shoes with Soles4Souls and having meatless dinners.

kris says …

I would like to start composting.

Marion Hecht says …

We will continue to recycle and use paper bags over and over again. Also, we look for products which are less harmful to the environment and which do not use trees in their production (i.e. drawing pencils made without wood, recycled drawing paper, writing paper).We will buy household products which are made from natural ingredients which do not pollute our oceans, lakes, and rivers.

Angeli Leggitt says …

I am going to use a drilled bucket to create an earthworm composter - delicious food scraps will be their food and they will create wonderful compost for my small organic garden. I might name each of them after famous ecologists and conservationists!

Chelsea Corbin says …

In honor of the Earth, this Earth Day I pledge to finally begin my apartment compost.

Shirley says …

Get a compost bin and warms, start composting - that'll eliminate more than half my garbage

Debbie says …

I try to grow my own herbs in my city apartment.

Veronica says …

This year I am planning on purchasing fresh foods and the least amount of packaging as a two-fold reason. Obviously for health reasons, and to reduce my imprint. I also want to support the slow food movement and local farming community.To me, this is easy and a no brainer!

Caroline B. says …

Buying more in bulk bins to reduce packaging.

Sue says …

I am growing vegetables this summer in a patio garden!

keith hardy says …

We will continue to compost our kitchen waste. we are having our garbage disposal removed since we have not used in over a year. We grow what we can in our gardens organically using our compost. We recycle all our trash, and take our #5 plastics to Whole Foods. And we have purchased a floor steamer & hand held steamer to avoid using harmful chemicals around the house, keeping it more healthy for us and our cats.

Jenny says …

Whenever I leave a room, I always turn off any lights or appliances including removing cell phone cords from outlets. On a walk, if I see litter, I pick it up & throw it out.

Holly says …

I will start composting to add organic soil to my new garden.

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