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Green Tips for Earth Month

By Rebecca Joerres, April 10, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Rebecca Joerres
It wouldn’t be Earth Month without some green-living tips. Each week, we’ll feature some of our favorites from our Green Mission Team. Start Small. Millions of people reuse their shopping bags every day. It’s a simple way to do your part to keep plastic bags out of landfills and oceans. Just remember to give yours a good washing once in a while! Pay Attention to Packaging. Look for products from companies that use minimal packaging or recycled packaging materials. Also, try to buy products with as little packaging as possible. When you pay attention to packaging, you help prevent about 13,000,000 feet of 10-inch wide plastic from entering the waste stream. Give Meatless Mondays a Try. Producing beef can use up to 40 times the water as growing vegetables. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to add a few vegetable-centric meals to your week, which increases the return on resources used for growing crops. Eat in Season. Growing foods when they naturally grow best uses less energy and resources. Some variety of organic greens is almost always in season – often locally! Avoid GMOs. According to the FDA, as much as 75% of processed food in the United States may contain components from genetically modified crops. In 30 other countries around the world, including Australia, Japan and all of the nations in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), due to environmental impact and concerns about GMO safety. To avoid GMOs, try choosing organic. U.S. organic regulations do not allow the use of genetically modified organisms in organic foods. Learn more about GMOs. Join or Host a Community Green-Issues Group. People coming together for a common cause can be very powerful and rewarding. Get together and clean up a creek, garden a small public spot or push for more earth-friendly public transportation. Recycle. Recycle. Recycle. Think everyone is recycling these days? Think again. Only 25% of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics are recycled in the U.S.  PET is one of the most common consumer plastics and is used for a wide range of products including water bottles, food packaging, cosmetics, laundry detergent and edible oils. Help bump up the numbers by recycling what you can and by purchasing products made from or packaged in recycled material. We’ll share more tips through the month of April, and we’d love to hear what your favorite green tips are. Together, we can make a difference!
Category: Green Action




Lisa Broadway says ...
Did you know that only 20% of inkjet cartridges are recycled? The rest end up in landfills where they sit for up to 1,000 years. When they are recycled, they can be remanufactured and save up to 2 1/2 quarts of oil that is required to manufacture a new one, plus resources like gold and copper. Some organizations raiase funds by recycling their cartriges. Planet Green will make donations to your cause for recycling and has paid out over $40 million todate. The program materials are free and it's a simple fundrasier. (Other organizations also provide the service too!) Visit planetgreenrecycle.com for more info!
04/13/2011 5:41:10 PM CDT
Kathy says ...
Great tips! I also would encourage everyone to do something that my sister suggested a few years ago -- every April for Earth Day she would "celebrate" by making sure that she changed a habbit that would be good for the environment. One year my husband & I got a composter for all of our vegetable waste. Another year we made a commitment to no longer use bottled water & we use filtered well water instead. And my husband loves drinking setzer & we had quite a number of seltzer bottles in our recycling every week, so we got one of those home seltzer makers (SodaStream Penguin model with the glass bottles). This year we replaced our old washer/dryer with an energy efficient model. And now we are eating more vegetables, whole grains & organic products (& I am very appreciative of Whole Foods commitment to selling meat from animals that are raised more humanely). We have done this all gradually, but it all really adds up! Happy Earth Day everyone!!!
04/13/2011 6:01:03 PM CDT
Anna Campbell says ...
I just love the amazing advice and simple yet creative ideas Whole Foods provides everyday people!! Thank you for helping me to be loving to my planet and still save me time!
04/13/2011 6:51:28 PM CDT
Jo Prostko says ...
When we need to mop up spills, we use clean old socks instead of paper towels. Holey toes or too-thin-to wear heels still leave lots of sock to absorb gooey messes.
04/13/2011 9:27:40 PM CDT
Kelsey says ...
These tips may be very simple, but it's still surprising how many people don't think about them. What we need is a universal consciousness so that ideas like these are common knowledge and widely used. Posts and Blogs like this one are certaintly a step in the right direction! =)
04/13/2011 9:34:21 PM CDT
Barbara says ...
Cut open the ends of tubes of shampoo, etc. and the necks of bottles before you recycle them. You'll be surprised how much product is still in there! More product extracted from the packaging = fewer bottles purchased = less plastic = saved money, too.
04/17/2011 3:09:07 PM CDT
Shawn Smith- Robinson says ...
I am elated to learn of your store opening in Columbia, I do not eat meat and I am wondering if it would be possible for your store to order some worthington meatless products in the can, such as choplets and chickets, and steaklets? The products are very popular and would be welcomed in the Columbia area. At one tme the products were available at Krogers, but they are no longer available and must be ordered from amazon, but would be easier the can products locally.
10/25/2012 1:23:31 AM CDT