Jessica Dailey

LAST CHANCE to Win a Shiny New Linus Bike and Bike Bag (worth $730) for Earth Day!

by , 04/29/11

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To get everyone excited about making every day Earth Day, we’ve teamed up with Linus Bikes to offer one lucky reader a chance to win a shiny new bicycle – and today is the last day to enter! What better way to green your lifestyle than by swapping your carbon-spewing car for a stylish and eco-friendly bike? Linus is offering the winner a sweet Roadster Sport or a Dutchi 3 bike with a Linus Market Bag in their choice of color. All you have to do is tell us what your resolution to make Earth Day every day is. Whether it’s switching to a veg-only diet or ditching plastic bags completely, pick one sustainable action that you will commit to for a whole year and post it in the comments below. The commenter with the best resolution will nab an awesome Linus Bike – so show us what you’ve got! Remember, the deadline is tonight, so if you haven’t already, enter now!

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY:

1. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER HERE > (If you are not already a subscriber). We’ll be announcing all the winners of our Earth Year Resolution Contest in our weekly newsletter, so if you want to find out if you won, you’ll need to receive it in order to claim your prize!

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3. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW and share your Earth Year resolution for living a greener life! The deadline for this fabulous giveaway is Friday, April 29th. We’ll pick the comment we like best and announce the winner in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!



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Simple yet reliable, Linus bikes are inspired by the elegant French bicycle designs of the ’50s and ’60s. They are utilitarian bikes, designed for city riders. The company describes its Roadster Sport as “the ultimate gentleman’s ride,” with three speeds and classic steel fenders, and the Dutchi 3 is a classic Dutch bike with a sweeping frame and upright posture. Both models come equipped with a mid-century alloy bell and a Linus alloy rear rack, perfect for carrying the Linus Market Bag. The durable canvas bag rolls down over the rack to accommodate larger loads, and the leather shoulder strap makes it easy to carry with you. If you’re a fan of Linus Bikes be sure to “like” their Facebook page for news and announcements!

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  1. jsherman April 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I use reusable bags when doing all my shopping grocery and otherwise.
    I have committed to by as much used as possible utilizing second hand store and groups such as freecycle.
    I garden and compost.
    I commute to work by bicycle (weather permitting.)
    I have greatly limited the amount of electricity usage in my home by unplugging unused appliances and fixtures.
    I eat out at restaurants extremely rarely and eat meat once a week.
    I try to do as much as I can to live sustainably and limit my impact on the Earth. I know there is always so much more we can do and my goal is to never stop striving for an ever more eco-friendly existence!
    I love this life style and would love a new bike to make my commute a little easier.

  2. abhishekduggal April 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Walk and use public transport whenever and wherever I can in order to reduce my carbon footprint!

  3. geppers April 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    drive much less

  4. stonesi April 22, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I recently met activist blogger Beth Terry. So I feel really inspired this year. So I am slowly trying to eliminate all single use plastics in my life. I am setting a specific goal each month so I can actually accomplish this. My roommates and I started our own garden. We have started composting. I no longer buy meat (though I still eat it occasionally.) I bike to school as often as I can. I am applying to work at sustainable businesses for the summer! All of these things help me be healthier and save me money. The plastic free lunch on campus is $2.15.

  5. leck22 April 22, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I will have more “green adventures” and make them part of my ordinary life! Some of my most memorable experiences have been walking miles to a destination when getting a ride would have been much easier. I always end up having a unique experience and running an ordinary errand is transformed into an adventure. I feel the struggle against the city, the sensation of contact with the ground, and the full impact of the weather. I feel immersed in nature, make new discoveries along the way, and have random encounters with other people. Green modes of transportation lead to a richer experience of the natural and man-made environment. You encounter the unexpected and your eyes are opened to things you would not otherwise see if you were driving, isolated and rushing through life. I want to experience and appreciate this in my daily life, from my short daily commutes to longer travels. I also want to work toward my goals of taking a cross-country bike trip or a long walking tour!

  6. fahmi_chester April 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    i always put the small garbage or trash like small food wrap into my pocket or my massager bag when there is no bin nearby.

    its became a part of me already and for me, everyday is an earth day.

    And i am hoping that others can do such a little thing like this as well, and yes, it is my all time wish.
    :)

  7. mxld April 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    My green goals is to shop more at farmers markets, start growing some of my own vegetables & herbs on my balcony, hopefully convince my mom to use re-usable grocery bags for everything (every single store I go to sells them or has given them away from Target to Macy’s to Sephora & every other place but I only see people pull them out at the grocery store. I use mine everywhere, from small boutiques to giant department stores.) Also as part of my green resolution I want to either buy a hybrid used car (my clunker was destroyed in an accident) or move closer to the metro rail in Miami (once I get a job.) And if I win this nifty bike between the buses, the metro & the bike I might to even miss having a car for real!

    Miami is one of those cities where public transportation sucks but it’s getting better when it comes to bike lanes & acknowledging bicycle culture.

    Thanks for the giveaway Inhabitat!

  8. leck22 April 22, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I will have more “green adventures” and make them part of my ordinary life! Some of my most memorable experiences have been walking miles to a destination when getting a ride would have been much easier. I always end up having a unique experience and running an ordinary errand is transformed into an adventure. I feel the struggle against the city, the sensation of contact with the ground, and the full impact of the weather. I feel immersed in nature, make new discoveries along the way, and have random encounters with other people. Green modes of transportation lead to a richer experience of the natural and man-made environment. You encounter the unexpected and your eyes are opened to things you would not otherwise see if you were driving, isolated and rushing through life. I want to experience and appreciate this in my daily life, from my short daily commutes to longer travels. I also want to work toward my goals of taking a cross-country bike trip and a long walking tour!

  9. bostonmass April 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    As a 16 year-old high school student in small-town New England, I’d say I’m fairly typical in that I hate to bring out the trash, and since I live in a small town, what’s worse is taking it to the town dump. At first, it wasn’t for any noble reason; despite what you might think after seeing the WholeFoods canvas bags in the boot of our Prius, garbage was just something that was laborious and wasn’t enjoyable.
    After watching the Story of Stuff in my Envi-Sci class last year, taking out the garbage now scares me. When your recycling bin is significantly lighter than your smelly garbage bag, it seems like there is something wrong. So this… may end up being reused again… and all of this… is going to be buried in the ground… next to the community gardens… near the conservation land.
    I’ve decided to eliminate the garbage. What’s inorganic should be able to be recycled— that means no deceitfully wrapped bars, shouldn’t we eat real food instead? Buy less food, and you don’t need seran wrap. Even choosing the brand of milk that costs no more but is in a totally recyclable bottle is the logical thing to do for me now.
    Food wastes can be composted, and we now have a hefty pile in the backyard. Less smell, less trash, and its put to good use! Now that we’re planting our garden, I’m glad that MiracleGrow and artificial nitrates won’t be running off into the brook behind our house, but something else might be able to make use of the spoiled arugula we had to ditch.
    The greatest part for me: garbage time is easier! (on the arms, nose, AND conscience!) What I’ve come to slowly realize more and more is that “going green” in the long run is also “going cheap” or plain old “going smart.” Leave no trace, and you’ll have less to clean up later. It just makes sense.

  10. ashleyhsu April 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    As a student in an art school where supplies are often not very eco-friendly, I have always wanted to raise awareness for green alternatives not only amongst students but the administration. I will make sure this year, with my new leadership positions, I can begin to make some big changes on campus! As an interior designer, I will make sure all of my projects are completely sustainable.
    I always bring bags with me to the supermarket so that I never have to use plastic bags, but for this year, my new resolution is to buy more produce from the local farmer’s market, and to always unplug my electronics from the socket. When I commute from Brooklyn to Manhattan, I usually take the subway, but would love to own my first bike just in time for summer!

  11. jeroddunn April 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    My plan is simple, turn off computers that I’m not using. I frequently am required to have several running, but I’m adjusting their power policies to put them into power savings modes faster and more frequently. I can’t get around having to use computers, but I can easily get around powering computers I’m not using.

  12. xcelentmiller April 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    With this year’s warnings from Mother Earth, Mother Nature – strange weather and global events, earthquakes, tsunami’s, unexplained death of flocks of birds; it becomes increasingly difficult to continue with my plastic bag using, my habit of using television to put me to sleep, a sort of white noise pacifier energy wasting, packing my children’s lunch in baggies and plastic fork using, my carbon toxic driving to my job that is less than a mile away from where I live. My Earth Resolution this year- to actually use the many cloth bags I have collected and stop convincing myself that I am recycling by reusing the plastic bags in my waste basket, to exercise more to be more tired and less likely to run the TV all night, to have a bucket of solar lamps outside everyday and then to bring them in at night to light our home and not have to flip on a switch, use reusable sandwich holders and send a real fork in kids lunch, ride a bike to work, cut down on carbon and set an valuable example to my children that are counting on a sustainable earth to raise their own kids.

  13. MikeManfrin April 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Bike EVERYWHERE

  14. RunawayOctober April 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    My goal is to teach my children to love the earth. They’ve gotten good enough to dress down people they catch littering. ;)

  15. RCL April 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    With a bike like this I could ditch the car and bike the 5 miles to the train.

  16. artboy213 April 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Starting to carpool to work!

  17. ericspatterson April 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Resolutions to make Earth Day every day… So many changes to make the earth a better place. My first goal is to use reusable grocery bags to replace all the plastic bags that go to waste (I picked one up at my college campus earth day event today). This one is key for me since I am currently at Georgia Tech and there is a grocery store that I always go to that is right next to us.

    Which brings me to my next goal. To ride a bike around campus to raise awareness of eco-friendly transportation. This would also help me not be late to my classes! I would also be able to ride it around the city to local shops instead of having to drive, waste gas, and pollute the city even more.

    This one is more idea that is a bit costly so it might take awhile, but I would like to plant some native plants/flowers around my campus where some added greenery is needed. We already have a really nice establishment of trees around the campus considering that we are smack in the center of Atlanta, GA. Also one of our new buildings is getting a green rooftop where students can hang out But there have been a good amount of locations that could still use that green touch to make walking to class more enjoyable.

    I am also very interested in hybrid cars, but I don’t have a job nor the money for that right now..haha

  18. lowkey144 April 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Well when considering a resolution that will ensure maximum impact, changing my lifestyle is at the point of diminishing returns. I don’t eat meat or packaged food, and I never eat out. When I travel I bike excluding distances greater then 30 miles. I have greened my home as much as it is possible to do within my limited budget. My hobby is fixing bikes so hopefully I encourage others to ride a little bit more when I restore someone’s bike to its former glory.

    So for me this year it really comes down to making positive changes in other people’s lives and in my community. My resolution is two-fold, I am going to start a neighborhood awareness campaign for recycling and reducing our carbon footprint. I also want to make an impact on local businesses by encouraging them to save the planet and money by switching over to more sustainable practices that they might not have even been aware of. Hopefully my efforts will save many times more than my personal carbon footprint.

    BTW for everyone who won’t win but is thinking about biking, finding a good bike is pretty easy. Craigslist abounds with solid older bikes that will take you thousands of miles. There is no shame in a department store bike either, they will move you from A to B just as well. Just get out there and enjoy the ride.

  19. jennymae1016 April 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I leave with the Peace Corps in 5 weeks and will be living in Lesotho, Africa. While I’m there for 27 months I will be educating others on sustainable business practices and living in a house (hut) with possibly no electricity or warm water. I am not allowed to drive for the duration of my volunteer stint, so I will walk/bike/bus/carpool to get where I need to go. My resolution (and what I’ve volunteered to do) is to teach others about sustainability, not drive a car, eat local foods, purchase local products, live with a mostly vegetarian diet, etc.

  20. inumidun April 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I’ve been using other means to get to work lately. This bike would certainly make my commute a lot more pleasant. Happy Earth Day!

  21. robjwinter April 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I plan to pass along all the wonderful articles I read on Inhabitat to all my friends and family. If they aren’t informed about how spectacular green design is changing our world then they are less likely to get involved and promote all these wonderful ideas.

  22. aesh April 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I’m passing my green habits on to my two young (2yrs and 4yrs) boys: when we go on bike rides or walks as a family, we pick up garbage and recycling and put them in their rightful places. When we’re done with dinner, we compost what we can. They are learning to water our trees and our garden from our rain barrel in the back yard. And I’m even teaching them to turn lights and faucets off when they’re done using them.

    My resolution, effectively, is to instill in my children Earth Day in everything we do, so it’s nothing extraordinary that we’re doing — it’s just the way we live our lives.

  23. treefitty April 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    My three-pronged resolution for the next 365 days goes as follows:
    1) Only buy second-hand clothing (excluding socks & underwear, because that’s just gross, but I’ll make sure those are as Earth-friendly as possible).
    2) Learn how to make my own solar panel AND actually make one.
    3) Learn more about biomimicry, and then look for ways in which our technological addictions can start to adopt the principles of biomimicry.

  24. gretchenm47 April 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I’m gonna keep being a giant hippie, and possibly become an even bigger hippie. A great big vegan, bike-riding, organic gardening, composting, non-buying, non-procreating hippie.

  25. Willravel April 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks very much for these give-aways, Inhabitat! On occasion, living a green lifestyle can be a bit more expensive than many people can manage. It’s good to know you have our backs.

  26. Biolumenis April 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I’ll give my parents a dollar every time they remember to use reusable grocery bags. Bonus if they ride the Linus bike to the grocery!

  27. tofucute April 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Staying vegan and child-free! Planting native plants in my yard that need less water and no fertilizer.

  28. JeskaK April 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I want to try to get in the habit of biking to and from work. The best way to do so – would be to have a proper road bike. My Schwinn Mountain Bike from 1989 isn’t doing it for me! My boyfriend is building me a road bike – but in the mean time – gosh this one is a beauty.

  29. L0rax April 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    My Earth Year resolution is to not feel so overwhelmed by the environmental issues affecting our planet and the attitudes that some have towards those issues. Instead I will continue to try to lead by example and do what I can to help the environment (bike/walk to work or around town more often, etc.).

  30. helloali April 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    One of the ways I think we can all help eliminate more garbage going into the Earth is to stop producing it – not just on an individual level, but on an institutional level. That means we all need to consume less manufactured goods, and find new purposes for goods that already exist – rather than discarding them. This year I have resolved to – as much as humanly possible – either purchase all of my necessities second-hand, make what I need, repurpose existing items to suit my needs, or even borrow and barter. I will, of course, make an exception for a brand new Linus. :)

  31. sunshine87 April 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Awareness – continue spreading awareness, knowledge and ideas regarding sustainability and truth.

    Live by example – bring your own cups/plates when possible, community gardens, composting, reusable materials, walk, bike, dance, live loudly, plant something, smile more, etc.

    Two things I’d like to improve on: 1) Bike to work and everywhere possible! I live in San Diego and everything is very spread out but there is a beautiful opportunity for bike friendly zones! 2) Vegetarianism with a side of bacon (because I really love bacon)………..

  32. godoy84 April 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I’m currently in a committee at school pushing for a bicycle exclusive street lane, a loop-like way that could sorround an important side of town, we succeeded already but just on a small road that takes you to my university.
    Those are my current two cents… And of course the common stuff… Reusable bags, no styrofoam, no meat lifestyle, and riding to school and work.

  33. kristyDT April 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    This year, my BF and I started eating local. We gave up things grown or produced far away, like bananas, imported cheese, milk, etc., since it requires a lot of resources (gas) to get it to its final destination. It was hard at first to find items within a 500 mile radius of Los Angeles, but we got in the routine of hitting up the Farmer’s Market and making lists of local dairies and meat producers. We’ve found that we eat a wider variety of foods since we now are eating with the seasons, and we can’t wait for summer! And now we know the people who grow our food. When was the last time you had a conversation with the person that raised the chicken you had for dinner?

  34. TidusWulf April 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I could seriously benefit with a bike since I’m about to move to the city where I won’t be bringing my car with me.

  35. sonnuvaguinn April 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I am graduating from architecture school in less than a month, and I have resolved to relocate to a city where I don’t need a car to get around. I want to bike everywhere!

  36. MelMB April 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I will continue to support vendors who do right by the environment and our health, as I remove my support ($) from those who don’t.

    Continue efforts to remove plastic from everyday life while educating others about it.

    And I will ride my (soon to be) brand new LINUS bike! ;)

  37. Maviel April 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    My resolution is to bike more, reduce the need to drive as much as possible, and eat food with sustainable packaging.

  38. MelMB April 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I will continue to support vendors who do right by the Earth and our health, as I continue to remove my support ($) from those who don’t. Continue to seek alternatives to plastic products. And of course, I will ride the bike I am about to win. ;)

  39. jkali April 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    One resolution will be to change my credit card statements to online delivery –instead of paper.

  40. nhoffman April 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I really like this challenge, as I am already committed to sustainability, but to take it further, and having this contest as an incentive to get my mind rolling is quite exciting.

    I already have switched to vegetarianism, never use plastic bags (even corn-based plastic), ship packages with fungal packaging instead of styrofoam (EcoCradle), avoid printing, and refuse to drive non-electric vehicles. I shop for groceries with a backpack and carrying bags from home, I compost and recycle at home, I have changed the lightbulbs of neighbors homes and my own to CFLs, and I tell everyone I know about Spirulina as one of the most sustainable and nutritious foods in the world with the aim of bringing it to their daily diet. For six months I lived in Auroville, India, working on sustainable farms and teaching children about sustainability (and yoga) while learning permaculture techniques, constructing earth ships, bicycle generators, and spirulina farming. Yet I am one person, and my meager contribution barely makes up for the eco-damage of someone who cares not for Earth.

    So here is my entry:

    Once a month to go on a bicycle road-trip with friends to an area with few trees and plant them. Once a year return to India for a week to teach more children about sustainability. To ride a bicycle every day to the train to get to work. Frequently throw vegetarian dinner parties, helping people to see how amazing vegetarian food can be (you would be surprised how often I hear, “So what do you eat? Salad or rice every day?”). And to continue spreading knowledge of Spirulina by introducing it in a more tasty form to friends and strangers at farmer’s market stands.

  41. jeffreyisham April 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I’ll live a more green lifestyle by simply living a responsible lifestyle in the hope that we won’t have to preface lifestyle with ‘green’, it will just be the norm.

  42. alexandra.lieberman@gma... April 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    My earth day resolutions are:
    - Order bulk food online, instead of driving to the grocery store (especially helpful since I’m vegan which is hard to accommodate!)
    - Become more active in the climate debate: demonstrate support for renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives, write op-eds to news sources and comment online
    - Buy only reused goods whenever possible

  43. liz April 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    My earth day goal this year is to use as much green transportation as possible. Start taking the bus to work, walk in my neighborhood and hopefully ride my bike to the farmer’s market and to meet friends. Better for my health, better for my wallet and better for the earth. Win, win, win.

  44. friedrice599 April 22, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    4 simple initiatives to get it started:

    B_ike to work
    I_nvest in green consumer products
    K_ick fossil fuel dependency
    E_at locally sourced food

  45. corneliusgloria April 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Eat more greens and fresh food rather than overly processed/packaged foods. Make more food at home instead of eating out. Win/get a bike to use lol. Spend less time in shower, buy natural/local bar soap.

    Definitely need to cut down on waste.

  46. revkulli April 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I’m giving up my helicopter. jk. I’m moving downtown so I can walk to and from work every day.

  47. notl33t April 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    My Resolution this year: reduce the amount of trash we throw out every week until we are only tossing out as much as we recycle by weight. If that goal gets met, we will try to lobby for our building to hook up with a compost program.

  48. mattPVD April 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Setup home compost plan… check
    Switch to reusable grocery bags… check
    Start biking to work once a week… check
    Bike (instead of drive) when going into town to meet friends… on my new Linus winnings…

  49. tecolote April 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Driving is no longer an option with gas at the $4.25 level here in California. It’s footing, biking or taking public transit.
    All kitchen waste goes into vermicompost bins. Have a vegetable garden and buy very little processed (and packaged) foods. Recycle bags, containers, plastic wrap as much as possible.
    I have very little waste. Can get by with monthly garbage pickups while my neighbors consistently put their bins out weekly. :(

  50. bethkelley82 April 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I resolve to only buy local food, from my veggies to my milk. We are so lucky to live in a community that supports local farmers, I need to take advantage of that.
    I resolve to remember my bags when I go shopping, and be more proactive about stopping store clerks from giving me a bag for EVERYTHING. :)
    I resolve to telecommute at least one day a week.
    I resolve to only buy second-hand clothes (they’re so much cooler than what everyone else is wearing).
    I have also planted a vegetable garden, and resolve to expand it, and hopefully share the bounty with my friends and family.

  51. rsheva April 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    By being kinder and less selfish. Earth day is really about acknowledging the impact we have on everyone and everything around us. The more we recognize that, the more we’ll make choices that don’t hurt others or the planet.

  52. ge0rge April 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I am going to try and adopt a local movement here called “car free Friday’s”. Among other things, I need to either stop buying so much produce, or make better use of what I do so that I’m not letting so much go rotten.

  53. Lori Lou April 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Well, since I live & work downtown it has been my DREAM to ride my bike to and from work but unfortunately… my poor bicycle is an old clunker, purchased for a meager $20 at a yard sale where all proceeds went towards a charity. My non-profit employment only affords enough to put some air in the tires and keep the chain oiled a bit. All I really need need in life is a new Linus bicycle, to make my dream come true…

  54. bktbo April 22, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Turn down the heat 3 degrees. That adds up! And provide a free computer energy audit to all my customers.

  55. johnpaul2012 April 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I resolve to finish my homemade VWT (Vertical Wind Turbine) to generate energy reusing an electric scooter motor.

  56. Jaclyn Lewis April 22, 2011 at 11:56 am

    My green goal is to kickstart a recycling program at the public library system I work for. I am a Circulation Assistant at a small public library and none of the county’s libraries (5 total) have a recycling program in place. I have volunteered to approriate bins (which we used to use to move books to different branches) for aluminum, plastic and paper. Once a month, I drive the company’s van to each branch and collect the recycling, then take them to the local recycling center.A small step, but since we go through SO much paper, it seems unnatural NOT to recycle. The program will be introduced on our annual Staff Development Day (May 14).

  57. lelainey April 22, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Begin a regular practice of telecommuting and blogging about it: http://greenblog.pgi.com

  58. ckilgore April 22, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I am walking to work as much as I can and trying really hard to buy locally. There are more options now than there were even a couple of years ago!

  59. hbonwit April 22, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I’m going to continue to eat a low-meat diet (flexitarian, about once a month or less now) which will help the agriculture industry cut water consumption, and redirect grains in a ~10 times more efficient system, to mouths that need them!

  60. emellbee April 22, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I’m going to make finding green clothing, not just vegan clothes, a requirement and a habit instead of a flexible desire or want. Availability is increasing, so the excuses are wearing thin. :-)

  61. cybergabi April 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I don’t have a car, but take the bike for my daily commute and errands. When I go out of town, I take the train or the bus. I switch off electronic devices when I don’t use them. I avoid trash, and where it can’t be avoided, I reuse and recycle. My house is insulated well to minimize energy consumption – I hardly ever use heating unless temperatures are below freezing point, and I don’t have air conditioning. I don’t have a dryer, my laundry dries on a rack – outdoors in summer, in the living room in winter. I don’t have a dishwasher either, and I use the same glass and the same mug all day long. I don’t buy beverages in disposable bottles/ cups, but bring reusable ones. I get my power from renewable energies instead of coal/ nuke. I only shower every 2-3 days except when it’s really hot outside, and then not too long, with turning the faucet off while shampooing. I avoid printing, instead I read everything from the screen, and if I must print, I reduce my your margins, print double-sided, or with reduced font size, on recycled paper. If I buy new household equipment/ electronics, I buy the best energy efficiency class. I give items I don’t need anymore (clothes, decoration, furniture, electronics) to charity or sell them so that they can be reused instead of trashed. I buy as little expendable frills as possible – I decorate by reusing existing materials and making something new of them. I fly as little as possible, but if I have to, I buy carbon offsets which comply with the CDM Gold Standard. I don’t eat meat, I buy organic and local food as much as possible. I don’t shoot film cameras, but digital ones, because that reduces the amount of chemicals used in producing film, processing it and printing. I use organic cleaning detergents instead of chemical ones. I don’t procreate. And I educate others about all this all the time, even if they don’t want to hear it.

  62. enlilenki April 22, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I plan to reduce my consumption of fossil fuels by driving less and minimize my use of plastic grocery store bags. If I do not win this bike I will buy a new bike for myself and my three year old son. I want to set an early example for my son in the hopes that he will be interested in becoming a future trendsetter at all things eco. He is already very interested in the “engineering” of objects and I hope that he becomes one of the green engineers of the future.

  63. vinae April 22, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Buy only second hand.

    I am vexed as winning a ‘brand new bike’ does not align. If possible I’d like to win the demo model or some other used version of the same. I dont have a bike so need one but in staying true to my “get 2nd hand 1st” mantra this would make sense.

  64. bcgirll April 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I’m going to start growing veggies again…..just as soon as I get some deer fencing installed…….

  65. jazwoman April 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Walk or bike as much as possible; always have tote bags with me; even more gardening than we already do; get the worm bin going again; no using the dryer when clothing can be dried outside.

  66. toulari April 22, 2011 at 11:36 am

    It’s time to renew my vows with the planet. Three years ago I became vegetarian, two years ago I stopped eating fish and last year I stopped using my car.
    My resolution for this year will be to buy everything in recyclable packaging, shop locally and consume only seasonal food.
    My advice to everyone out there: BUYING LESS and DRIVING LESS can only lead to HAPPINESS!

  67. rosedraws April 22, 2011 at 11:35 am

    oh dear, I also lost my exquisitely drafted comment… I’ll try again, although the muse may have abandoned me. :-)

    I’m privileged to live a very green lifestyle. But there are a few habits I’ve been avoiding that need to be done:

    - Better organize my power strips so that my equipment stops draining power when it’s turned off.

    - Better weather-sealing on the windows and doors in the winter.

    - And fearless sharing of sustainabillity stories. I plan to do everything I can to keep up the momentum toward a greener and more thoughtful future. Even “preaching to the choir” is worthwhile, especially here in the US where it’s not easy to keep our heads up. We need to keep our proponents and activists energized and engaged!

  68. cliffchampion April 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

    My Earth Day resolution is to eat locally and seasonally this year. I’m building a biodynamic garden, and I can’t wait to begin lessening my dependence on imported foods!

  69. noster April 22, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I’d love a bike like that. Mine isn’t too great for around town. Happy Earth Day!!!

  70. BrdrChick6 April 22, 2011 at 11:22 am

    My resolution is to further reduce my carbon footprint. This year I have started taking the train to work in stead of driving the 20 mile commute.

  71. mingohills April 22, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Unfortunately, I have to work, so I am trying to minimize my impact as much as possible. My wife, however, is taking the day to show our daughter the wonders of nature and our dear mother earth.

  72. lexa April 22, 2011 at 11:16 am

    This year I will be my second year of growing vegetables in my urban yard and teaching the kids in my neighborhood where their food comes from and how they can help. This year I will also join a CSA to support my local farmers (and so I can give all my yard vegetables away to my neighbors).

  73. personwiththoughts April 22, 2011 at 11:12 am

    In addition to doing the recycling, composting, reducing and reusing I do all the time, I plan to ride or walk everywhere and participate in at least 5-8 trash pick-up events this year (already done 2). If I can figure out how to attach some kind of cart to a bike, I could pick up even more trash. I am also trying to organize a small composting route in my neighborhood where participating families’ compost could be taken weekly to a central composter. Thinking about getting food-grade buckets for free from supermarkets etc (they throw them out anyway) so that families can store the compost in an air-tight container between compost pick-ups.

  74. Winsone April 22, 2011 at 11:11 am

    This year I am starting an online biking company to further promote biking and its limitless benefits to us as humans and to our one and only blue planet. I will be donating a percentage of our profits to environmental causes such as more biking lanes and bike awareness. I will also be ditching my car as my main mode of transportation to get to my day time job and I will begin to ride 1 hour each way to and from work on current crappy bike. I really hope to have this company up and running within the next few months and begin to make a contribution to the world and reduce my carbon foot print to as small as possible…

  75. jenniG-P April 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

    My lengthy, thought out and emotion filled resolution just got erased by this computer.
    Now I’m just gonna say that my resolution is to not be pissed when technology works against me.
    Maybe that’s not green but I hope it will decrease my stress level and that will make me a happier person.

  76. SteepestDescent April 22, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I already stopped using plastic bags. Bike to work.
    Buy as few things as possible.
    And compost most of my organic waste.

  77. pck April 22, 2011 at 11:01 am

    My main green goal is to go vegan 3 days a week, vegetarian for the other 3 and go locally sourced/sustainable omnivore for the 7th day!

  78. smattyboom April 22, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Stop driving with my one-and-a-half year-old. We’ll get to spend more time outside, cut down on our carbon use, and he’ll have fun whizzing around in his handlebar mounted bike seat. And hopefully, at the same time, he’ll learn about how it’s important to do your part for the planet.

  79. anon99 April 22, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I plan to ride my bike more and use a reuseable water bottle instead of buying water.

  80. millencolinf2f April 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

    My resolution is to only eat organic, grass-fed meat which also means I’ll be eating less meat in general and more veggies and fruits. To help supplement this and add variety I have joined a community garden in my city to try and grow some of my own food this year!

    And at work my goal is to follow through with a ‘Meatless Monday’ program that I’ve proposed to our sustainability committee and Food Service department after reading about the idea from a posting on Inhabitat.

  81. bakergeek April 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

    My resolution is to waste less food. We have a compost bin and plan to try worm composting as well. I also go to the grocery store most days as I pass it anyway so that I only buy what I need. I have taken this to the level of if I need 1 lime I only buy 1 lime that day as opposed to buying the whole bag like I used to. Leftovers become lunches for the next day or get frozen to be eaten another day.

    We have already cut all of our other trash down a lot over the years so this is the last thing on the trash list and is I fear the hardest one to manage, but I know we will accomplish this goal as we have accomplished so much over the years by making one little change at a time. Al right some of our changes were pretty big like our 2,500 gallon cistern and our solar panels and going to 1 car and then getting a hybrid when it needed to be replaced (transmission went out). Our son loves to use all the forms of public transportation too, how fun is that.

  82. Ralimar April 22, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I try to reduce my carbon footprint every day by shopping local, buying local food and products, and avoiding things like bottled waters that are shipped from overseas.

  83. susbarefoot April 22, 2011 at 10:52 am

    We have made a commitment to a lifestyle. We recycle as much as possible using leftover jars for food storage and projects; we extended our composting by keeping biodegradable items in one area of the yard and compostable items in another; we use cloth diapers; and commute by bus and bike whenever possible. Our next goal is to get our friends and family into our biking lifestyle. We live by bikes. We have 3 kids who love riding. We want to share this happiness with everyone because the benefits are so amazing.

  84. kristinapp April 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I’m continuing to do the things I already do: use reusable bags, buy organic/local produce when I can, be cognizant of water/energy usage. For the new things: We have started composting in our apartment and will be dropping off at the local greenmarket as part of the NYC pilot program. I will be switching my beauty & health products to ones that are sustainably made and free of harmful chemicals. Same thing with cleaning products–I’ve switched most of those already.

  85. raducu April 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I will get involved in the second Critical Mass of Luxembourg and keep with it for as long as it takes for people to get into organizing it themselves and making it their own. That way the thriving car culture of Luxembourg will get a picture of what a car free city would look and feel like and it will hopefully give the people here the courage to strife for that goal for their entire small, beautiful country. That’s my Earth Day recyclelution.:)

  86. masamunecyrus April 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Well, my grad school is ridiculously energy inefficient (lights on all the time, no sleep mode on computers, etc.), so I try to turn off lights at night wherever I can, and I have brought up the concept of replacing some of the old appliances around here with newer, energy-efficient ones (e.g., replace an old 1980s refrigerator with a new, fancy one, and you can probably make up the cost in energy savings after several years).

  87. lcarulla April 22, 2011 at 10:46 am

    walk as much as I can, using a reusable water bottle, buying from local farmers, using a tote instead of plastic grocery bags, turning everything off at home (not standby for my electronic stuff)
    give away stuff I don’t use to people I know can reuse them…. and always give away smiles…. I know it’s not being green… but it’s useful!
    :D

  88. cmenglish April 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Less driving, more biking. Replacing the rest (I’ve already started doing this) of my household chemicals with plant based biodegradable alternatives.

  89. rlklein0234 April 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Trying to change habits at home and at work, getting my co-worker to not put his plastic bags in the trash or recycling. Get my husband on board with composting. Unplugging items that aren’t being used. Dusting the cobwebs off my bike not only for exercise but to cut down on driving everywhere.

  90. Nyckelpiga April 22, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I do not eat mammals, poultry or fish.

  91. bharz April 22, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I’m already a Master Recycler! I recycle my paper, plastic, aluminum, tin cans & glass. I put my dumpster out about every three weeks or so.

  92. Mongohio April 22, 2011 at 10:35 am

    My biggest step towards living a green life – stopped eating animals!

  93. athhxf April 22, 2011 at 10:35 am

    My earth day resolution is to live a life that helps make our planet a better place for ALL. This including reducing my carbon footprint by consuming less, reusing more, recycling everything I can, and of course riding my bike!

  94. LSechrist1@gmail.com April 22, 2011 at 10:34 am

    My commitment is to use as little disposable plastic as possible.

    No plastic grocery or shopping bags – I always have a reusable tote with me.

    Minimize pre-packaged “single serving” foods – buy larger packages & put into my own single-size containers.

    No styrofoam containers since they are so difficult to recycle – encourage restaurant owners to avoid using styrofoam.

  95. oc_gina April 22, 2011 at 10:34 am

    My earth year resolution is to not drive to my car for to the neighborhood shops but to walk there or ride a bike. I started this week and it’s been great to take a break for my daily routine and enjoy the outdoors while I’m doing errands.

  96. apirateonabicycle April 22, 2011 at 10:33 am

    My Earth Day resolution is to start riding my bike to and from work everyday instead of only a couple times a week, since it is only 2 miles away. I also resolve to completely stop using paper towels in my home and replace them with reusable microfiber cloths and old towels I’ve turned into rags.

  97. emilyintheville April 22, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I’m trying to reduce our household waste by composting food waste, bringing my own bags to the store, recycling as much as possible, and not purchasing items with excessive packaging (shrink wrapped bananas?!).

  98. angelsolo3 April 22, 2011 at 10:32 am

    My green goal is to begin composting this year. I recently purchased my first house and am so excited to have a garden that I can add natural nutrients to!

  99. scooter April 22, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Ride my bike more.

  100. minus_wit_humor April 22, 2011 at 10:28 am

    This year, I’m putting my money where my mouth is and making the most effective change I can think of. In September I’m moving within walking or biking distance to where I work. I understand that’s not a possible change that everyone can make, and it’s a small change, but it’s a real change that can lower my impact on the planet!

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