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Make a Simple Green Resolution and Win!

Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22. In celebration of our planet's big day, why not take a moment to make a simple green resolution for the coming year? Happy Earth Day 2009Here's mine: Bike to work at least once a week. Full disclosure: The last time I owned a bike, it was a blue Schwinn with a hot pink basket and I was 10. Sadly, I've outgrown that bike. But now, after months of bugging my friends for bike recommendations and visiting all of the bike shops around town, I've narrowed down my choices and am finally ready to invest in an "adult" bike at last. By this Earth Day, I am determined to be a proud bike owner/commuter/road warrior at least once a week. Why not every day? After years of making (and always breaking) grandiose New Year's resolutions, I've learned that the simple, realistic changes are the ones that really last. Now it's your turn. Tell us one simple green change you're planning to make for Earth Day. Everyone who enters a comment on this post between now and April 30th will be entered to win a $25 Whole Foods Market gift card and a FEED 100 bag. The winner will be announced the first week of May in our Whole Story blog, so stay tuned! And even if you don't win the prizes, your green resolution efforts will be rewarded with a cleaner, greener, healthier planet for many Earth Days to come. Here's to wishing you and yours a Merry Earth Day and a Happy Earth Year! Check out more green ideas on our Whole Story blog. Visit our website for more Earth Month tips, trivia, contests and more. Send this Earth Day Greeting to your friends! Share through Facebook. Digg It.

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Brenda Morris says …

Planting a herb and veggie garden with compost.

Marilyn Rodzik says …

Continue bringing my recycling home form work, but more students will add to it. Make students more aware of the small but mighty ways we all can help the planet.

Kristi Norris says …

I resolve to start remembering my re-usable bags for all of my shopping!

Erin says …

My Green Resolution: Plant my own herb and vegetable garden and start a compost. Not buy any plastic water bottles and try to spread the word about the damage those little things do to our environment. Give reusable bottles as gifts to friends and family.. Live a greener, more aware life. Simple as that :o)

Skeeterbug says …

I resolve to use a reusable stainless steel water bottle to which I will add filtered water from the fridge door. No waste! Another resolution...shop more at Whole Foods! WF makes it easy to go green!!!!

Dan says …

Grow more of my own food.

John Ferrecchia says …

My plan is to pick up some trash from the ground everyday and recycle it with the rest of my recyclable materials. If everybody on earth picks up after themselves and doesn't litter and pollute the earth and it's resources, the earth and every species on the planet will be much happier. For every piece of trash that someone has thrown out, that person shoud be responsible for picking it up.

Christine Etherat says …

I am proud to flush only when necessary to save water! And I print on double sided paper at work and am trying to get our cafeteria at the workplace to start composting - switch to biodegradable cutlery instead of plastic and reusable bowls instead of cardboard and styrofoam

Janice says …

We will buy clothe napkins and use them instead of napkins and also no more paper towels

Rebecca says …

I will charge my cell phone only when driving so I don't use extra power by plugging in at home. May as well make use of the energy of the car I need to get to and from work! Will also turn my phone OFF when not needed—like at night, during shows etc. There was once a time when I wasn't always reachable, and that still works with my lifestyle.

Marcie Porterfield says …

To eat as much of my diet as possible from local sources (organic if possible, to do a better job recycling, walk when possible rather than drive!

Lisa Primm says …

I am going to purchase veggies from a local organic farmer for the first time this year--but don't worry--I will still buy plenty of other stuff at Whole Foods!

b says …

I will try my best to buy only fruits and vegetables that are locally grown.

Cathy Weiner says …

Walking to and from work when the weather cooperates and re-using my canvas bag every chance I get.

So Ting says …

I am going to find a new use for the plastic container every week, I started by using it as a vase.

Natasha says …

My resolution this year is not to buy any more plastic products (tupperware, plastic wrap, ziploc bags, etc.) to store my food or anything else in anymore...and ideally, find something creative to do with the left over tupperware I already have.

Melanie says …

I recently signed up for Whole Foods E-mail, but have only gone out of my way to visit a Whole Foods store once. I have been wanting to try new skin products sans the harmful hormone disrupting chemicals, but didn't want to waste the products I already possessed. For my resolution, I will plan a trip to Whole Foods and visit their skin care section. Does anyone know if we can take empty bottles to be refilled?

Elissa says …

i will actually use my reusable shopping bags! And buy a reusable water bottle instead of buying a plastic one everyday.

Laurie Hughes says …

I am planting organic herbs and some vegetables on my deck (I live in a hi-rise apt. building). Hopefully I'll grow enough to share with family and neighbors! Happy Earth Day!

SIWA says …

I will make cloth napkins from garments purchased at Salvation army, put flow restriction into use on commode and shower and use my shopping bags every time I shop anywhere.

Green Earth Friend says …

My family and I wanted to share so much about the environment and going green that we started a green website called Green Earth Friend where we share green tips, ideas and news with everyone on the planet. Happy Earth Day and remember to reduce, reuse and recycle daily to save our green earth and become a Green Earth Friend!

Joseph Nastav says …

I will dedicate the whole year to teaching green principles and solutions to my son's cub scout pack, and then turn those teachings into actions and deeds. Since we are striving to make a better world it's important to involve the children. After all it will be the world they inherit.

SIWA says …

I will use reusable bags for all shopping. I will install flow restriction for toilet and new shower head will be water flow controlled. I will make cloth napkins out of garments purchased at Salvation Army.

Danielle says …

I will walk my kids to school every day it is not raining (and some of the days it is raining too)

Liz Cerrato says …

I will use my reusable canvas bags for all of my shopping, not only grocery shopping but clothes shopping, shopping at mass merchandisers etc. I will also encourage others to do the same and spread the word!

Stephanie says …

I love this idea of a green resolution! ok here's mine: I want to cook at home with lots of veggies at least 5x per week (if not more).

Jugband says …

My green resolution: Double size of kitchen garden.

Janet says …

Mine is similar - take the train to work once a week, and to drive as little as possible when I'm in the city. We have a great bus system in SF, and my feet work just fine, too!

Mary says …

I will quit forgetting my re-usable shopping bags--I will actually use them!

chris damico says …

On Earth Day, I will start following the one person-one light bulb rule. I will only keep one light on in the house, and I will always turn a light off as I leave the room.

Carolezoom says …

I'm resolving to eat raw for the month of may. Cz

Jessica Holden says …

I resolve to put a bucket in my tub to collect water when I'm showering and to use that water to flush my toilet.

Stacy Brogan Able says …

I resolve to grow my own veggies this summer and donate any extras to local food shelters.

A. Raymond says …

Car Pool to work once a week! Another co-worker lives in my neighborhood. We always find ourselves passing each other on the way home from work. We have our own schedules but I think we will be able to do it!

Leigh Ann Garrett says …

I turn off ALL lights in my house when not in use...Most of the time it's easy to remember, but in rooms where I sometimes forget, I have at least changed my bulbs to CFL's.

Jenny Dempsey says …

My Green Resolution is to recycle paper at my office. Currently, there is no recycling here at our small office in San Diego, CA, but I do have one at my apartment complex. It would literally take me 10 minutes to round up the paper, carry it home and dump it in the recycle bin. Not sure why I did not do this before. A little time to help the world? That is My Green Resolution!

Katie says …

I pledge to be more green by being waste free at work. Printed documents without a use will become scrap paper (and then recycled); disposable cups, bowls, plates, spoons, knives, and forks will be replaced with reusable ones; I will bring a lunch, in reusable containers, to cut down on the paper wrappings and bags when I get lunch to-go.

Julia says …

I resolve to recycle the plastic bags I get at those "other" grocery stores when forced to visit. They usually just pile up in my pantry.

Kimberly Giannini says …

My resolution is to walk to and from work every day this summer instead of taking cabs...even in the rain (hello umbrella!)

deb lavoy says …

taking lunch to work - reduces packaging, increases taste and healthfulness, budget friendly too.

Meg W. says …

I will remember to bring my reusable grocery bags to the store EVERY time, not just when making big purchases.

Melissa Riebe says …

I resolve to focus less on simply organic produce and meats and more on buying local products which have a lesser carbon footprint.

Mikael says …

I'm not renewing the lease on my car, nor am I getting another one - I will be 100% pedestrian / public transport / car share. The environmental impact of that choice weighed heavily on the decision. I'm also looking forward to the opening of the local farmer's market so that I can get fresh produce from local farms a few days a week, and I'm committed to doing that until the market closes in the fall.

courtney says …

My resolution is to stop using plastic store bags. There is no need for a huge bag for one tube of chapstick. Also, at the gym I, I will now be bringing water in a refillable water bottle rather than bringing a name brand one each time. Every little bit counts!!! Happy Earth Day :)

Mary says …

To get LEAN and GREEN, I will always take the stairs instead of the elevator and walk, bike or use public transportation whenever I can.

Jen Breaux says …

I plan to stop buying bottled water and instead use a water filtration system on my kitchen faucet and use a re-usable water bottle with a filtration system within it that I can take to work, in the car, and everywhere! This will cut down on unnecessary bottles.

Thomas says …

Buy a water bottle. After not cleaning up my desk for a week I noticed the staggering amount of plastic cups from the watercooler sitting around on my desk. That's A LOT of plastic in the long run. An easy investment of <5 bucks will save hundreds of plastic cups in the long run.

LindsayE says …

This year we're planning on starting our own little organic "victory garden." I have a lot of food allergies, so and I'd rather get it from my own back yard, using my own compost, and watering from my own rain barrel. Better for me, too! Happy Earth Day!

Levi Haag says …

hmm... i already walk to work but i will keep my a.c. off when i am out of the house, and only on enough to keep me from overheating (i live in Florida!)

melanie burke says …

i unplug anything that is not being used from the wall, blender, toaster, cell phone chargers, and even my tv, internet modem and router box during the day. ive found this to be a key factor to many green saving tips!

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