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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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Sheryl says …

I pledge to love and care for my organic garden full of veggies, and only buy additional fruits and veggies from organic, locally-owned farms once the season is here!

Leah says …

I will use reusable bags when shopping.

Phil Barnhart says …

Open the house in the morning - and save the air conditioning for when its really needed.

Jeni says …

I already try to live pretty green (don't own a car, bring my reusable shopping bags to the stores, recycle everything, etc.) but i'm going to try to do a better job of not letting food go to waste. I'm also going to do a better job of not buying single serving drinks and instead make pitchers at the office & bring a reusable water bottle to the gym and on bike rides.

Gina says …

I will: - make more of an effort to shop locally - only use natural cleaning products - plan my shopping trips that require driving so I drive the least I possibly can - teach my niece nephew to respect our earth

Elisa says …

My resolution: Do not use plastic utensils anymore. I already have reusable utensils at my office and now I just got portable utensils to carry on my purse that I plan to use any time I eat out.

Liz Promer says …

I will be making a new compost pile (my 3rd) and planting more plants than ever.

Kristi says …

(1)Building raised beds(with reclaimed wood) and planting organic gardens. (2) Buying local (3) Not using air conditioner in house and car (4) Volunteer to plant trees

sarah morrissey says …

I've made many good choices the last few years but here is the biggie - going organic vegetarian. Whew it will be tough - been at it for 2 weeks - almost everything organic. Cannot contribute anymore to the horrible feedlot meat world contributing to polution, antibiotic overuse, poison in the body etc. (although I do buy organic grass fed meat for my dog at WF).

anna banana says …

Whole Foods are front runners for making Better Bag alternatives and although I live in city that does not have your store, I frequent your Austin store, and bought several that I use ALWAYS !!! Thanks anna:*) in El Paso, Texas

Macie says …

My resolution is to stop taking long showers!

Juliana Vergaray says …

Resolution: Take the bus once every two weeks for my commute to work from Denver to Boulder. Why: As a social worker, I have to use my car tons to visit families. I do have one friday every other week where I am free from visiting my families and will take the RTD, read, sip coffee and admire the beauty of mountains on my commute into and out of Boulder. **ooh,ooh, pick me please :))))

Lauren says …

Not only will I use cloth bags more when shopping, I will get others in my household to do the same. I have already purchased them their own sets. I've already started to use natural cleaners, I plan on buying more.

Katrina Rau says …

I am going to start composting! I live in an apartment but I have a good size patio and found a little one thats perfect for it. I am so excited for my new project. Not only is it good for the environment it will also help me want to eat more veggies and fruits so that I can compost the scraps!!! :)

Melinda says …

I have started this year bringing bags with me everytime I go grocery shopping this year...but I never remember when I go to Target or other stores for regular non-grocery shopping. I promise to bring bags to them too. Also, I hate throwing away styrofoam take out containers. So I pledge to put a little rubbermaid in my purse when I go out to eat so I can put my leftovers in there.

Renee says …

I will be planting a vegetable garden this year and setting up a compost pile. Each year we plant a tree in our yard for Earth Day as well, though we haven't picked one out yet for this year.

Kim Taylor Knight says …

I have been riding my bike to work for the past month, and I will continue, but my real earth day resolution, is to waste less and to compost all organic scaps for my garden this year. I am planting arugula, tomatoes and herbs for a start at becoming a more sustainable me!

Denise C says …

I will continue to use the reusable bags as gift bags for friends and family at the holidays and on birthdays.

Amanda says …

I have two resolutions... 1) Stop buying bottled water and start using a reusable water bottle and 2)grow the majority of my veggies this year in my very own organic garden. Saves, money, gas to the store, and oh so convenient!!!

Tracey Stillman says …

We started out green...raising our 4 little kids on wholesome foods from our organic gardens, teaching them to love nature and the world around them including plants, animals and people. Yet, the hurriedness of life tried to squeeze that out especially during their teen years. But we have found ourselves longing for the pure & simple things again. ...and we discovered they were still there waiting for us to embrace them. To our delight, our now young adult kids are re-discovering them with us, choosing again to enjoy whole foods as well as purposing to embrace our whole world as well.

Ellie says …

I joined a meat CSA starting in June, so my goal is to eat entirely grass-fed meat and fish (Whole Foods is great about providing local fish options). Restaurants and friends' house still present problems, however ... but every little bit counts!

melanie says …

I am going to start a compost pile this summer! Never done it, can't wait to try it. My four year old daughter is so eager to help the Earth.

Jenny says …

I always bring my own bags to Whole Foods, but I am going to try to remember to bring them everywhere with me. I'm also going to start buying as much LOCAL produce as possible and I have a vegetable garden this year... How's that for local?!

Nina says …

To separate recyclables more- I already always recycle cans and bottles, but need to do so with cardboard and plastic containers more consistently.

Marisa says …

In an effort to move the green movement into the future - I have my 3 year old son take the lead in all recycling - from cleaning to sorting, to carrying to the curb. I also have him be on "light patrol" so that all lights are turned off when we leave the room. Taking little steps like this every day help not only with our current world, but instill routines that will be part of his daily life as he gets older.

Casey Steiman says …

I will use my cloth green bags religiously, re-use the plastic produce veggie bags (and will only use those when grabbing something like soaking wet lettuce, etc.), and will continue to follow Whole Foods on Twitter!

Tim Y says …

My green resolution is to keep the thermostat at 77 or 78 through the summer. I also have two floor fans that help circulate and cool the house. Be more diligent in turning off lights in rooms when not in use.

Jan Zimandy says …

I will bike to work at least 1 day a week and continue to compost, grow veggies, and eat vegetarian, turn AC up when not at home, and drive less and slower:)

Andrea Holtman says …

This is a great idea! My resolution is to stop using paper towels. We cut back and barely use any, but I need to get them out entirely.

Karen Yeung says …

Inspired by this site about reducing water footprint... http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=66146044999&h=9hCsN&u=zqU92&ref=mf Since I can't absolutely eliminate my beef consumption, my resolution would be: To only consume beef at HOME, and only maximum once a week!

Sara says …

My resolution? To try natural cleaning products this year! Yippee!

Tammy Kilen says …

My green resolution is to recylce. It's such a hassle because the bins our trash co. gives us are small bins that don't hold much, they want us to seperate it and then they dump it all in one spot anyway! I'm going to make it a convenience and not an inconvenience! Happy Earth Day!

Jody says …

My green resolution is to buy more green toys and clothing this year.

Carolee says …

I resolve to involve the kids in "light patrol," turning off lights in rooms where nobody is present.

Nathan says …

My green resolution is to start eating all organic fruit and vegetables, and begin more organic eating in general. And I'll bring my own reuseable bags when shopping for them!

Marty Dodson says …

I will buy a stainless steel bottle and drink tap water instead of buying bottled water. :)

Robin OSullivan says …

I don't have room for a full garden, but I am going to grow my own tomatoes, basil, oregano, and a few other plants in pots in my tiny yard.

Amy says …

I think I have TWO Earth Day resolutions! One, I will remember to use my reusable "grocery bags" for more than just groceries. Two, to start a veggie garden at home (but my growing season is just pretty much over given my hot summers). And three, I think tomorrow I'll ask my students to write their OWN Green Resolutions for the year! What a great idea!

Jennifer Trently says …

Here is my resolution, It is to stop using paper towels completely; use rags to wipe up spills and dry off the counters.

Frances Burch says …

I will use paper bags or my whole food bags for all my shopping needs. I am also writing a proposal to my apartment complex for a recycling program.

Rebecca says …

This is the year we start a garden! It may be small and only tomatoes, and I'm still not sure if our yard gets enough sun, but we are going to grow at least one thing that we can eat! :-)

Melanie says …

My resolution is to save all of my caps for Recycle Caps with Aveda!

Mary Beth says …

I am going to keep trying to bring green changes to the students at the school I work in. They are very receptive to the ideas, and need to see adults walking the talk. At work I will try to make sure we buy recycled products. I am also going to try not to buy things I really don't need, keep recycling everything I can, and TRY to always remember my collection of reusable bags when I do go shopping.

esther skiba says …

I will switch to all earth friendly cleaning products.

Jennifer says …

This week, I purchased natural cleaners, instead of those made with harsh chemicals.

Ori says …

Hmmmmmm. Besides convincing my roomates to put on their bathing suits and shower together, I will plan on using less paper plates, paper towels, and plastic silverware. I will also concede to my roomates that if they carpool more often they will not have to shower together.

Elana says …

I plan to keep using my Sigg instead of disposable water bottles.

Nance McQuigg says …

to use my own canvas bag when I go to the green market, and Whole Foods, every time.

Tina Whitney says …

I will use paper bags and check on local coop with fresh veggies and produce. Or start one if need be!

jerri says …

i am going to switch all of my cleaning products and toiletries to eco-friendly brands. i am also blogging all week about simple green tips for Earth week on my blog www.cooking4carnivores.com

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