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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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PJ says …

Let's make the world a better place. :-)

Bernice says …

I reuse all my plastic bags for taking out garbage. I use a refillable water bottle. I have a hybrid car and I consolidate my trips to go shopping. I recycle my children's clothes to others kids in the neighborhood. I donate books to the library and buy books from the library sales.

Ben says …

I will recycle at least one thing every day

Beth says …

I bring my own cup to Starbucks and use my own canvas coffee sleeve. Re-usable chico bags are the best for groceries and other trips to the general stores.

Karen says …

I'm using only natural cleaning products, and unplugging cords when not in use.

Deborah Green says …

I will purchase a filter water pitcherand water bottle and stop buying all that bottled water in plastic bottles. I will teach my grandsons the importance of conserving resources and saving the planet. And I will continue to tell my husband to turn off the running water when he shaves and brushes his teeth! Haha

christina kane says …

encourge my 4 roommates to recycle and bought a huge recycle bin. which saves on landful waster

Rachel F says …

We are planting a garden and adding a rain barrel

Amy says …

I am resolving to not waste water. I am going to accomplish this by doing simple, everyday things such as not turning on the shower too early to "warm it up", by not leaving the faucet running while we do dishes, and being careful about the ways in which we use water.

Joanna Tousley says …

No more plastic bags from markets or other shops

mari koss says …

I will only wsh when I can hang cloths outside to dry. I will also put my reusable gtocery bags in my car so I never forget to take them in store.

Liz says …

Turn off the water when brushing your teeth and washing your face.

Joan says …

When bringing my lunch to work, I am going to use more reusable containers to avoid using so many plastic bags

karen spector says …

I've been using reusable bags for over 40 years. I try to pass the word on to others to bring their own bags an save the trees.

Stephen Majerczyk says …

I grow my own herbs for my kids to see how they get to be.

adrianne boutin says …

reusable grocery bags at the supermarket

Susan says …

Plant an organic raised bed garden in backyard:):):)

Marina Hawk says …

I will bring my own cup for coffee, at the coffe stores.

Stacey says …

We drink a ton of water so my goal is to switch to re-usable water bottles. We always recycle but making that little switch will save a lot of plastic.

riva says …

In stead of taking my lunch to work in a plastic or paper bag, I will be taking a re-usable lunch bag. I have also started repurposing a lot of old containers and clothing items to make new, useful things such as a shopping bag made out of an old T-Shirt.

Michelle says …

I continue to clean my house with natural cleaning products like Vinegar and borax and rid my house of dangerous chemicals.

Lindsay says …

Have switched to green products for dishwashing and clothes washing as well as using many more chores using vinegar based cleaning.

Erin Pfoutz says …

We've begun our own compost bin, and are using all-natural super concentrated garlic spray around the yard to keep mosquitoes out of our yard.

ERICA says …

I am looking forward to constructing a grey water recycling system in my house.

Rebecca says …

Composting and using more sound household cleaners.

leslie says …

I bought a lunch bag with re-usable pouches so no more plastic baggies!

theresa says …

purchased a portable clothes line. won't use the electric dryer anymore.

Betsy says …

I'm going to remember to use my reusable bags at all stores I go to, not just Whole Foods.

Charlene Erickson says …

I will remember to get my own bags out of my car when I go to Whole Foods!

Carolyn Cruse says …

I am using less water, I collect rain water for my plants and using more towels in the bathroom in place of paper towels. I also walk more or use public transportation!

Sue Swyt says …

Hang more clothes out on the line instead of using the dryer. I have a great umbrella style clothes line, but I've been using it less since I started grad school

Kathleen A says …

I have used cloth bags for my shopping for years, and my goal is to get all my friends on board. Recycling is at the top of my list and always try to find a way to repurpose vitually everthing. I shopped at 2nd hand stores before it was ever the popular thing to do. I have a small garden and a compost bin. Altough I don't have a "tried and true" rain bucket, I do keep older trash cans out to catch water to use for plants during the dry spells. When going to the store, I try to either walk dragging along my little granny cart or ride my bicycle with paniers attached. When I do need to drive somewhere, I go in a little Mazda Miata which is good on fuel. Not as good as some of the newer models, but I lost my job in 2008, so I can't afford to buy something else at the moment. I look forward to trying some of the newer "green cleaning products" and hope that they can come down in price a bit or that I can win them. It's tough being unemployed in this economy.

teresa says …

using reusable washrags instead of paper towels to wipe counters and such. all natural cleaners are the best.

Donna says …

Every person in our home has their own shower towel and they have to reuse it several times before wash day. That means less laundry loads, less water used per week, and less plastics consumed per year. We already use green cleaning products too.

Kate says …

We're starting a container spice garden!

Shawn says …

Using a rain barrel to water our garden.

Kristin says …

Get rid of the plastic wrap and baggies and use reusable containers and sandwich skins for the lunch boxes!

Eve says …

Each year, my husband and I select a DIY project that we work on together for Earth Day. Usually it involves repurposing something we found on a curb or that would otherwise be thrown away. This year, it's an old metal typewriter desk that we found in a dumpster. We also have only one outside trash can and challenge ourselves not to fill it.

Elizabeth says …

I have just moved into a house which has a garden and I have been waiting to start a compost box - actually a worm bin. I am so excited that finally I have my own living space in which to do this. I have been living in other people's homes for a while. I love to make good use of food scraps and see the turning of our scraps being recycled back into the earth to make the earth naturally self feeding rather than used unnatural fertilizer. It's so great to know that our food is on a cycle and rather than fill my trash can with rubbish, I am allowing the food to return to the earth. Worm poop is actually a good thing and makes other things grow!! Worm boxes go!

Tracy T Hall says …

I use vinegar, washing soda and borax....as well as lemon oil and lemon to try and use less chemicals!! I also use cloth diapers to reduce waste and resources usage!

R Shresta says …

I will recycle as much as I can, use less paper towels and switch to cloth towels, plant a couple of trees in our yard and take reusable canvas bags for my grocery trips.

Lauren says …

I'm volunteering to help clean up a trail for Earth Day!

Kelley Strout says …

My husband and I committed to cloth diapering our baby! We are also walking to and from Whole Foods for our weekly shopping trip- burn calories & save the earth!

Kimberly Kennedy says …

I am thankful for this great planet and to preserve it I will make sure I recycle everything And also encourage our church youth group to do the same. I will also go outside more and breath the fresh air and enjoy this earth instead of staying in my office all day!!!

christine says …

I always recycle paper bags, bring my own bags and also recycle the plastic ones when necessary. I also try to buy organic as much as I can, even though I'm on a budget. The biggest recent change is that I'm trying to drive more conservatively! Gas is getting really expensive. It's hard to slow down when everyone around you is going 75-80, but I'm trying really hard to go less than 65. Cruise control saves gas and really helps, too!

Sara Weber says …

Reduce product packaging by purchasing bulk more often and making fresh. With a toddler it is easy to buy pre-packaged items so I want to resist the urge in 2012.

Angelique Fabozzi says …

All organic in our garden-yay!

Sherry says …

I will use "Cleen" green cleaning cloths to wash windows and any shiny surfaces in my home. There is no need to use any chemicals, they clean and polish great!

Linda says …

For over 3 years I have not used any pesticides or chemicals on the lawn and mow at a higher height, leaving the clippings and mulched leaves on the grass. Now I'm enjoying all the wildlife, birds, earthworms and many beneficial insects living healthfully in the yard.

Nicole says …

This year I've convinced my husband to go organic with our yard and garden- farewell pesticides!

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