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Win a Year's Supply of Greener Cleaners

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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Carla Harlan says …

We're going to use all the mason jars we have to store food..and stop buying/using plastic bags, plastic wrap and those "use a few times and throw away" containers. We even make salads in the wide mouth jars....stash in the refrigerator and grab for a quick lunch or dinner. Talk about fast food!! Carla

Lisa says …

I will only use reusable water bottles and while I already only use mass transit I will determine when I could really walk instead.

Karen says …

I bike to work!

jill binford says …

Recycle, reuse ziploc bags. Always use cloth napkins

Ellen says …

Plant a backyard garden!

mary vaughn says …

We will only run full loads of dishes and clothes.

Nikki says …

I pray ever morning for this Beautiful Green Earth! I have a family of birds that take over my balcony every Spring to Fall! I watch them build a new nest and the eggs hatch every Summer. I remeber when I first moved in my beautiful downtown condo, how excited I was to move out of my studio apartment..and I had all these ideas of how I was going to decorate my balcony and how I was going to entertain my guest, it was going to be my favorite space. This family of birds built THEIR HOME there first and I let my balconty become their favorite space. That's my green story, oh and I recycle! : )

Heather says …

I plan to walk more for "little trips" to the store or library or post office.

Katy Gallaher says …

This year we're planning to plant a garden and get our 3-1/2 and 1-1/2 year olds involved so that they can understand where food comes from and so that we can all appreciate it more. I also would like to start using reusable bags when shopping. I have them and always forget to bring them, so I'm going to make an effort to remember them. I also love the idea above to collect the water as you're waiting for it to warm and use that on house plants, etc. Great idea!

karen says …

I will use a reusable cup for water instead of bottled water. I will use a coffee mug instead of styrofoam cups.

Aimee says …

I am saving my coffee grounds and spent herbs and tea to add to my container garden. Since we can't have a compost(wild animals!), I figure I can at least save these things from being trucked away with the yard waste collection. And they make my strawberries bloom like crazy!

Jill P says …

I will teach my kids as much as I can about being 'green' and environmentally conscious. Education is the key to change and moving forward! :)

allison says …

I will make sure that I always have my reusable bags and water bottles with me. I will also recycle my jars for juicing and fermented veggies.

Cynthia says …

Explore new ways to use vinegar and baking soda for everyday cleaning instead of manufactured cleaners with all those chemicals!!

Tammy says …

I buy bottled water every day, and I'd like to cut back. My goal is to bring water from home using a reusable container.

Laura says …

I will cut down on items with excessive packaging and continue to shop for local products.

Deborah says …

I've ordered a steam mop, so i can stop using cleaners on the floors. this will also be healthier for me and my pets who live most their lives so close to the floor.

Nancy says …

minimize consumption of paper overall. I have teach my children the value of reusing and recycling. We do not purchase anything disposable. We do not use paper cups, plates,napkins or papertowels. We use a canteen and we carry a mug for coffee or juice. We are concious of the environment and choose to eat local produce, and buy recycled clothing whenever possible. We donate our outgrown clothes, toys and others to the local secondhand store.

Kathleen says …

I will bicycle to the market more, rather than driving a car.

Rozlyn says …

I use paper products all the time. So I have decided to not use paper towel, paper plates and napkins. I took out all the paper towels in my bathrooms and replaced them with cloth hand towels. I use my kitchen towels to dry dishes now not just for decoration anymore. I started to eat off of the china that was given to me by my mother. Small steps!

Sue Edwards says …

I bring bags when I shop, I recycle more than I throw away and now I would like to make one of those water containers, so when it rains I have water for my plants when they need it after the rain!

Elizabeth says …

To use cloth towels and napkins in place of paper towels and napkins. Also, to use cloth diapers as much as possible.

Melissa Liddell says …

I will get into the habit of bringing reusable bags to the grocery store! I've had them for a while but I keep forgetting about them. Then when I go to the store and am about to check out, I feel awful that I'm getting plastic bags! So yes, from now on, I will just keep them in the car so I won't forget! <3

Gina says …

My roommates and i used to compost but then eventually reverted to not composting due to our nearby compost drop off closing for the season. We plan to resume again since we not only want our organic waste to go to good use, our trash and apartment smell so much better when we don't have rotting fruits and veggies sitting in the trash!

Rachel says …

No more buying plastic storage containers for food! We're in the process of switching to all glass--great for leftovers, packed lunches, and reheating!

Connie Pinc says …

I will get rid of the plastic bags in my life by recycling them and bring a box or a cloth bag to store for future purchases. connie

Cass VanBuskirk says …

I just purchased a bunch of cloth napkins at a thrift store. I am hoping to phase out paper napkins and paper towels!

Lisa Perry says …

I will no longer recycle glass jars, plastic containers or to go plastic containers. I will use them again as "tupperware."

nancy w. says …

Spare the air, think before I go, walking or biking is always my first option.

Jonathan says …

I will eat less meat and more fruits and vegetables.

Sharon W. says …

Walking or cycling instead of driving.

Cathy says …

We're going to start a compost bin and a veggie garden.

Lori S says …

Starting using green/safe makeup, skin and hair care and am slowly switching to get rid of all chemical cleaners!

Christine says …

I will take shorter showers.

Karl says …

Growing as many of our own vegetables as possible, especially dried beans!

Gayle says …

I'm once again planting my own herb garden. I also just bought a larger freezer, so that we can freeze fruits, veggies, & meals to reduce the amount of take-out meals we consume.

Kelly says …

We buy as much as possible from the farmers market...local is healthier and saves gas!

Jen says …

I am starting a compost bin! Can't wait!

Susan says …

Make the switch from plastic water bottles to re-usable ones!

J Fischer says …

Our BIG Earth Day Resolution: Conserve Water->save the planet's most precious consumable product->reduce water bill!!! Rainbarrels, catch buckets for water in the kitchen sink (goes into our compost/garden/houseplants/washing toys, etc), turning water off whenever it is not being directly used, etc. We chose water because we empowered our kids to decide and choose a focus this year. But...For 10+ years we've gone from "reduce, reuse, recycle" to involving our kids now directly. We garden, shop local, buy fresh/frozen/local vs. packaged, compost, repurpose a variety of goods, carpool and bundle trips out in the car, walk to our village/shopping area, cycle, use refillable water bottles, drive conservatively, recyle mixed materials - but also try to challenge each other to reuse/repurpose as much as we can (saving on recycling costs/production/resulting emissions).

Linda Maynard says …

There are so many ways to help out. Always line dry clothes whenever possible and of course use eco-friendly detergent. Keep a bucket in the shower and use this to flush the toilet with to save water. Plant an organic garden- size doesn't matter- just do it. Take your own "doggie bags/containers" when eating out for your leftovers. NO polystyrene! Try to limit buying anything that contains plastics- let companies know that they need to cut back on plastic packaging. Buy eco products whenever possible. Plant native plants only and get your yard wildlife certified. Take reusable bags whenever you hike and pick up after people who don't understand what littering means.

GP says …

I am glad whole foods is using this scale. It makes shopping easier for those who were already informed about hazardous ingredients in our cleaning products and will hopefully inform those who weren't. I will they would do something similar with personal care products and go BPA free with their cans.

jodi scott says …

Recycle more

Barbara says …

We composte, recycle everything, and have actually made art out of things that were not recyclable in years past. We have pretty re-usable bottles for our water. We installed a heat pump and have replaced all the bulbs and unplugged the energy vampires. We use no fertilizers, replaced lawn with ground covers and flowers and have let the rest go wild. We brush, spot clean and hand wash all the sweaters to avoid the dry-cleaning chemicals. I think we are doing pretty good! But the one think we still need to do is replace the cleaning supplies we use for the toilets and, though we use very little, stop using bleach completely.

Amanda says …

I use cloth diapers and air dry them as often as possible.

Angie says …

I would love to win this. We have a Whole Foods opening this week, and I can't wait to shop there!!

Kyla says …

I have recently traded my laundry soap & softener in for EcoNuts and I used homemade wool dryer balls to help with using less energy. My next move is to get a bigger drying rack to hang more clothes. I have a small one now for the items that cannot be dried but I would love a larger one to dry more things on.

Lori Davis says …

I will rid my home of toxic chemical cleaners!

Dawn says …

We use Klean Kanteens for coffee and water... No purchasing bottled water. We recycle and plant a container garden.

krysten fishwick says …

Recycle plastic. When I moved out on my own with my now husband, we didn't carry through with recycling plastic and paper (or glass or cans)like how both our families have always done. It was just easier to only recycle paper so we just throw everything else out (which I know is horrible for the environment). I do feel guilty about it so for Earth Day, we will start to recycle plastic as well.

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