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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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Meg M says …

This year, we are making the commitment to eat only organic and local food.

Karen says …

I resolve to use more of the recipes and secrets of Clean House Clean Planet by Karen Logan--especially the tea tree scrub with baking soda.

Lillian K says …

I am actively monitoring the amount of trash that piles up after every use. That means that determining on how much trash and/or recycleable items are created when doing anything: doing my laundry, the dish I order when I go to a restaurant, a certain product that I use on a daily/weekly basis, if I can carpool...etc. All of this will affect my lifestyle and my decision making on whether or not to order a certain dish or use a certain product. It must be earth-friendly and if it is recycleable, then it definitely takes precedence when I buy things.

Kathleen says …

I will remember to bring my own bags to Whole Foods.

Paula Watt says …

I've planted a garden with a friend this year and plan on eating from the garden only and we've planted so many extras I will be able to give to my family and friends! I cannot wait to be rewarded with fresh food directly from the ground and not vegetables trucked across the country!!

Davina Simoneau says …

Only "#1 and #2" containers are allowed to go into the recycling bins here, and there is so much trash that CAN be recycled! So, thanks to Whole Foods Marketplace, which accepts ALL types of containers and paper for recycling, I now have bins for each and every type of container, etc... so I can bring anything and everything that can be recycled, to Whole Foods Market!!!

Elsy says …

Getting the family to eat locally. We've begun plans for our garden...can't wait!!!

Michelle Benedetto says …

I plan to use filtered water in a pitcher instead of bottled water. When I go out I plan to use steel water containers.

Tracey says …

Recycle newspapers, plastic bottles, glass containers. Use recyclable bags. Grow herbs in flower boxes to prevent waste and buying them in plastic containers or puttign them in plastic bags.

Erika Hernandez says …

I will continue to recycle discarted materials (yogurt containers, milk cartons, plastic water bottles, paper towel rolls, etc, etc) to make crafts with my 2 1/2 years old daughter and show her that we are recycling.

Kara Clark says …

I am going to use hardware versus plastic utensils!

Pam says …

I try to get three uses from fresh vegetables purchases-1. Eat them, 2. Save the vegetable trimming for broth, and 3. use the broth vegetable remains in my composter.

Margaret Hadam-Hay says …

I commit to using green cleaners, and eating more local foods.

Jane says …

I am going to reduce the "things" I own; use what I have, buy less food so I don't waste, share what I don't need any more.

Donna says …

I use vinegar for cleaning in my home. It does not smell very good, but it does the job! We use resuable shopping bags and recycle too. I am planning to plant more garden items this year too.

marie says …

I take my reusable coffee cup and water bottle with me EVERYWHERE, and my reusable shopping bags live in my car so I don't forget them at home.

PostureFitness says …

Nashville Neuromuscular Center therapists have always been very green in our personal lives - rain barrels, gardens and rain gardens, organic, reuse and recycle everything possible, etc. But we're putting our best feet forward to bring this to our business office too - local or organic oils and supplies, recyling paper, texting instead of paper memo, digital handouts, making sure our lights and electronics are off when not in use, etc. Look to your office to see how you can reduce and save there too.

Joyce says …

I plan to walk/bike/carpool to places instead of driving. I plan to reduce my use of water and electricity by not doing laundry, so frequently/taking shorter showers.

Linda Walker says …

I recycle as much as i can and reuse plastic bags/glass for other projects. I use reusable shopping bags, use a water pitcher instead of plastic water bottles and will expand my garden this year.

Susan says …

Using less chemicals to clean and for pest control. Reusing and recycling paper and plastic.

Ruth says …

Coincidentally, I just vowed to start using environmentally friendly cleaning products. I found some online recipes for natural cleaning products, but I would love to try the Better Life products too!

Kara says …

Happy Earth Day! We are recycle fanatics! Reuse coffee cups, bring our own bags to shopping, compost, dry clothes outside, resuse the newspaper bags, recycle junk mail, newspapers, plastic and all other containers to our town recylce lot, and our kids mimic our everyday actions. We use filtered water to fill up our water bottles and make our own brewed iced tea. Then compost the tea bags for our garden.

Nanci Hargis says …

I will not bring a plastic bag home from the grocery store!! I will use my reusable bags ALWAYS!!I will encourage my small town grocer to offer paper bags to his customers. The paper bags are stored out of site. I will ask them to give customers a choice.(This is not a whole Foods Market!) Also, I will try to cut down on plastic bottles in my refrigerator by buying my milk in the glass bottles that you return and NO plastic water bottles!

Caroline says …

I resolve to make reusable "papertowels" to reduce my use of them. SUCH A HARD HABIT TO BREAK!!!

marsha says …

resuse plastic ziploc bags more!

Arthur says …

I'm going to put a solution of vinegar and water into a spray bottle to clean my windows. I read about this all the time, but never actually bothered to try it.

Donna Farrell says …

I will start making my own cleaners with no chemicals.

Sandra says …

Every day I am going to go outside and empty the old grounds in my French Press coffee maker outside onto the ground where they help the soil rather than into my garbage bag where they add to landfill problems.

Jamie C says …

I will enlarge my organic garden and eat a locally produced, vegetarian diet from food grown steps from my kitchen.

Brian says …

Just moved to our first house! We have revamped our cleaning products to all green. Also started composting again! Can't wait to get the garden started!

Ann DeLuca says …

Green is my favorite color and I try to do all I can to help Mother Earth stay healthy for the next generations. The one area where I need to change is in the cleaning products I use. I would love to use all green products both in and out of my house but often the cost holds me back. It's not easy being a green retiree!!

janice says …

We reduce and reuse as much as possible ... make gifts for others rather than purchase ... reuse glass jars rather than buy storage containers ... bake our own "no knead" bread regularly ... use a water filter and seltzer maker ... eat local and organic whenever possible ... patronize local farmer's markets ... and of course eat no meat, which has more impact on the planet's "usage" footprint than anything else we do combined.

Claire says …

I will finally implement a plan that I've been thinking about for years.... I will make my own eco-friendly laundry detergent! I know it is not that difficult and it is extremely cost effective. Also, it will help with my sons sensitive skin issues.

Joanne Billingsley says …

We have eliminated Clorox. Only using safe products. Replaced aluminum foil for Parchement Paper My lunch box for work includes a cloth napkin, and flatware. No plastics or napkins to throw away Replaced plastic containers with glass. Use bean & tomatoe cans for planting flowers in containers

Dana says …

I'll continue to use my own containers for coffee and tea at Starbucks, recycle plastic and glass. This year, I'll replace all non-organic cleaners from my house and use eco-friendly products for laundry, cleaning, etc.

Sheryl says …

Earth Day is my Birthday!!! A time for new beginnings. I'll be exploring interior green cleaners and, especially, exterior (garden) products this year. Always looking for good references!

Maria S says …

If I buy water bottles, I reuse them. I'll refill them with water before I go to work or anywhere else!

Kristin says …

My Earth Day resolution is to stop being lazy at the store and just bring in my reusable bags and stop using the plastic/paper bags that are provided. I end up recycling them later, but now I am going to take the initiative sooner rather than later.

Michele says …

I'm installing a rain barrel to water my garden and do my part to preserve our fresh water supply.

Karen says …

I only use reusable bags when grocery shopping and refuse plastic bags for all small purchases (like at the drug store). I don't want to contribute to the plastic 'carpet' in the Pacific!

Trisha Buck says …

I have begin to make art out of so many thing including toilet paper and paper towel rolls and jars! I don't want trash ending up in the ocean anymore!!!

Anna Maria Vona says …

I've been recycling for years and greening the planet since 1983. I started a green and clean movement on our block thirty years ago and planted scores of trees in my South Philadephia community. I was one of the first graduates of Tree Tenders, a tree planting and greening program sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). I have been picking up trash for the past thirty years in three separate neighborhoods in which I own property. When bottled water first hit the scene about ten years ago, I vowed NEVER to purchase a bottle of water and informed my daughters thatI wouldn't buy any for them either. My daughter is 22 years old and I am proud to say that I have NEVER purchaed a bottle of water in my life. We carry reusable stainless steel flasks and Bobbles. My household, business and office recycles EVERYTHING. We cut paper in half and use the back for scratch paper. We own a cabinetmaking shop and either give away or sell our sawdust to horse stables, thereby keeping it out of a landfill. I give bags to my compost vendor who uses it to start his compost heaps. We recycle all metal, paper and plastic. We reduce our need for everything. We have been using cloth reusable shopping bags for years and stash them under the seat of my car so that they are always handy. It pains me to purchase milk in plastic jugs. I wish there was a facility where you could take your own glass container and refill it from a huge milk supplier, much like people take their containers to Whole Foods to fill with purified water. I have been gardening for 30 years and grow all my own vegetables and herbs. I make my own eco-friendly cleaning products by using vinegar, pumice stones and simple bleach.

Mia says …

Will continue to recycle as much as possible, from paper towels rolls to toilet paper rolls. I recycle almost everything that's recyclable!

Margi says …

We've planted our first container garden with the staples that we use all the time...basil, tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, etc. We've also given up as many paper products as possible. No more paper towels or napkins and only recycled paper facial tissues as well. We switched to reusable grocery bags last year and this year we are trying the reusable sandwich bags for school lunches.

Leslie says …

Start composting!

James Dinkins says …

we will begin using reusable water bottles instead of just recycling the plastic water bottles we have been using.

Melanie says …

Commit to walking more - good for the environment and good for me!

Archana says …

Will be replacing our lawn with a waterwise garden and a small vegetable patch.

Ryan Simone says …

I am going to start riding my bike to work.

Lauren says …

My energy/electricity usage is probably my biggest area for improvement. At the other end of the plug is a coal-fired power plant, at least providing the base-load power to the area where I live. I vow to shut down my computer when I'm not using it, don't plug it in until the battery is low, and take more notes by hand!

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