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. Rory Dexter April 26, 2011 at 6:08 am

    i vow to ride more, drive less

  2. csimmer April 26, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I’m a vegetarian climate advocate of the British Council, so I organize events to spread the knowledge of sustanability and environmental protection to the public. I offer or introduce greener and energy saving technologies to save money and make smaller carbon footprint, also I measured the carbon footprints of hundreds of people on different festivals, and gave them advice how to make it smaller, what can they change in their own life.
    I’m an agriculture enineer and now working on my PhD thesis. I travel by bike every day, if not I use public transportation only. I try to make difference in other people life. I buy only local food, and try produce as small amount of waste as I can. I collect my trash selective, and I try to reuse what I can. I always switch off all of my led using stuff, if I don’t use them. In the future I would like to make a sustainable organic farm in my country, to make a good example. I try to make all my day as an Earth Day.

  3. Annigje April 26, 2011 at 2:56 am

    I started an online lifestyle magazine this year. It’s full of information about eco- animalfriendly, green, veg(etari)an, travel, environmentalfriendly etc etc etc topics.

    Why i would like to win a bike? Because i would like to bike through Tibet and Nepal next year. To see the culture and write about it.

  4. monab80 April 26, 2011 at 2:41 am

    As part of the coolest bike “gang” in las vegas,I try to promote biking instead of driving in the city. Although, Las Vegas is not a super-bike friendly or earth-minded community- We as a gang are doing what we can to take back the streets and I can’t think of a better way to represent what we are doing but with this super-awesome bike!!!!!!!!!!

  5. prettyPeas April 26, 2011 at 2:28 am

    I ride my bike to work, but I miss my car for longer spontaneous trips. I vow to use only a carshare (or my friends) for the next year of weekend trips.

  6. ManyaP April 26, 2011 at 1:54 am

    My Earth Year resolution for living a greener life is finally leaving my corporate job. The green effects of this decision spread like a tree’s roots! First, I no longer drive 55 miles a day to get to my job. Although I drive a hybrid, I am now even less dependent on gas/foreign oil and have lessened my environmental footprint! Second, I’ve started my own business, working from home and am MUCH happier because I can focus on clients that share my passion – like Green and Energy Efficient companies. My passion is to help local companies and green businesses find success through marketing. My job is now to inform other’s of green companies and educate people on how to be more environmentally friendly! And finally, I started composting in my own home, which I can do now that I work here and make all my own meals using local fruits and vegetables (no red meat for a while now), which I can walk to buy, and of course – use my re-useable produce and grocery bags! Finally, and most importantly, I will continue to influence others by my own example and love of the Earth.

  7. AdroitPrimate@gmail.com April 26, 2011 at 1:33 am

    In June, my family and I are relocating to a community that allows us to completely ditch our two cars. We currently live in an area that is completely car dependent and not bike friendly. So incredibly excited to introduce my young son to the mind altering joy of cycling.

  8. guelphgreen April 26, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I guess i have been living a life full of sustainability and advocacy. My life has been full of environmental organizations that have spread education across the land to the young and the old. Being a university student, my Earth Day resolution is to set up a bike borrowing system that is free and accessible to the students of my university. That way students can entertain sustainability and healthy transportation around the City of Guelph. Using bike parts that are salvaged from used bike donations.

  9. kelphonic April 25, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    the big change is giving up the yacht (1997 lincoln towncar) and not driving anymore. smaller change being to quit buying junk, if i have to have it i’ve been waiting and researching and reluctantly purchasing goods that i need.

  10. brookieg April 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Brave LA streets on my shiny new linus bike!

  11. tylerjsteele April 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    My resolution is to continue running my green building services and supply business to the fullest of my ability in a down economy. By further practicing the triple bottom line and balancing the values of people, planet and profit, my personal growth will hopefully lead to many future business ventures and lives touched. The biggest impact I can have this year is to continue all of our green lifestyle choices while boosting our local economy through advocacy, empowerment (jobs) and leading by example.

  12. dakilen April 25, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I plan on going completely “car lite” for my transportation needs. I’ve been doing this already for the last couple months, and I feel great and look at the world differently! Every trip is planned, not just on a whim. I notice the world more and notice changes in my community. I feel like I’m living much more consciously.

  13. paulina001 April 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I’m making a commitment to reuse and replace throw-away packaging with greener, reusable alternatives. Like reusing plastic produce bags and take out containers a few times before recycling them, and using vintage pyrex food containers for storage. I reuse any shipping boxes and packaging I receive from online shopping too. Little things can make a big difference… and you get to feel a little crafty using something old for something new. Yeah Linus bikes!

  14. Birdy06830 April 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I have an environmental reader blog for Hearst Media that is connected to my local daily paper and the affiliated local weekly.

    Starting today I will share every day a new earth-friendly lifestyle habit. This will involve asking lots of other people what they are doing to be earth-friendly so that I can learn more ways – creative ways to use less.

    There are things I already do: I’m a vegetarian for environmental reasons, I shop at used clothing stores, I try to buy less, walk to work, don’t use paper towels, wash clothing in cold water, and hang dry. I also very often cold brew my coffee – this evening, to begin, I will tell folks how that is done, and why shade grown coffee is so critical to bird populations around the world.

    I love you guys at Inhabit! Best, Jessica

  15. EileenA April 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I have stopped driving and no longer possess either a car or a driver’s license. All of my shopping, errands and travel are either by bicycle, by foot, or by train. I make a conscious effort to buy seasonal food from nearby sources. I recycle unneeded items to others in my community via Freecycle.org.

    While I make an effort in my daily life to conserve resources I believe my biggest single personal contribution is not driving or owning a car. Biking is fabulous! And at age 55, I think it has also contributed to my stunning good health. :)

    I’d like to buy the world a bike!

  16. rikkamarie April 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I lived in SF for 16 years and have been in Portland for 5.5 years. I walk everywhere unless there is no other way so my passenger doors have moss growing on handles! I am a designer in interior architecture and design and only choose materials and products that are at least 75% recycled or recyclable (no sacrifice at all for ultimate glamorization, grow herbs and vegetables on my deck, use chemical free cleaners, recycled paper products, use a single light at a time at night, buy local foods and products creatively recycle furniture and fixtures.

    If I had the Linus, I would bike across the river to the places too far to walk and carry the goods back in the bag. I am bikeless in a bike city.

    Linus was also my favorite Peanuts character:)

  17. cobey.shaver April 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    What a year! My grandson and I have built a garden box out of old fence posts, using natural kitchen compost. I’m currently working on the design of an emergency shelter that uses recycled materials and repurposed shipping containers. Go Green!

  18. mvi April 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I’m a long term vegan, no longer considered a lunatic, who walks everywhere or takes public transportation. I avoid plastic as much as I avoid reality shows. I stay away from boring old extra waste like catalogs, newspapers, grocery bags and spray bottles. Not to mention boring old extra waste like steak lovers and pompous gas guzzlers. Find me in the bulk section of my local co-op where I now bring my own bags or jars to fill up with my nutritional yeast. I just got a brand new knee and am teaching it how to go green as it had some really bad habits before we met. My city is getting lots of new bike trails and all of the coolest people here already bike. I want to be cool and so does my new knee.

  19. Nick9809 April 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    my earth year’s primary resolution is to continue to not eat meat and to become more carbon neutral as a whole by switching to things like hemp lunchbags.

  20. anthonyl April 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    This year I have decided to devote my efforts for making Earth Day every day by not only continuing my vegan lifestyle but actively advocating it to others. A vegan diet is not only the least energy intensive and environmentally friendly diet(even more so than local: http://www.foodpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/food_miles_climate_impacts.pdf), it is also the most compassionate. So please join me and thousands of others in taking the pledge to go veg and encourage others to do the same. That way we can celebrate the Earth and its bounty everyday.

  21. greensthings April 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Thank you, for holding such a wonderful giveaway, I truly appreciate it! I am in the process of losing 125 pounds (I have lost 20 already) and this bike would not only help my keep up incentive on my program, but help me keep the environment greener!

  22. 3kidsandkrys April 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    my earth life resolution is to get my 3 children more involved in the greener aspect of life which they are all for so much that they recently sold there xbox 360 and games so they could buy 3 cherry trees and 2 plum trees and a boat load of heirloom seeds which we planted on earth day to start them off on the right foot everyday after school they now come home do there homework and then we go outside and start working the area for our garden in the off garden months we are going to donate our time to the local recycling facilty and our plan is to get the whole town to join us in planting new tree and cleaning up road side messes plus alot of other earth friendly ideas to help us all become more green in our lives and to be more self reliant on what the earth has to offer us

  23. kitzkatz38 April 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    For me, being green is about taking each and every thing I do and asking myself, “is there a way that I can make this greener?” Do I really have to drive my car to the grocery store when I could walk there in 15 minutes? Can I write my notes on some scrap paper I used yesterday? Do I really need to use my hair-dryer right away or can I let it dry for 20 minutes while I do other tasks, so I only use my dryer for 2 minutes? Do I really need the light on or can I just deal with the brightness of my laptop?

    Lastly, I live in Providence, RI where the roads are in scruffy conditions, few roads have lanes or any room for bikers aside from the few bike paths that are here. As an artsy, college-y town, I really want Providence to expand its usability to bikers, and I think if we see more bikers on the road here (including myself with a new bike), people will become more aware of the need for bike-friendly roads.

  24. Svea April 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    My green goal is to ride a bike to University for the next 4 years when its not snowing. That’s 30 km per school day. I am also planting a huge garden full of wonderful veggies and fruits for my 3 children. We also buy local organic produce as much as possible. I’m also doing my best to educate my kids the importance of being environmentally responsible in all aspects of life.

  25. itinerantcouple April 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Quit talking about it and start doing it! I have been talking about buying a composter for 4 years!! I have informed my family that it is the only acceptable gift to give me for Mother’s Day. (well that and a box of chocolate covered peanuts)

  26. ochosi46 April 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Earth Day – Every Day. WE are committed to restoring volumetric green to the Urban Core, bringing back vertical habitat with living walls and Green Roofs to clean stormwater, create habitat, support biodiversity, sequester carbon, produce oxygen and create a natural sense of place for humankind! :)

  27. mfrank April 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    This year I am going to teach my children, ages 4 and 2, more about recycling and the fun of growing our own veggies. Our 4 year old girl already knows what happens when we don’t recycle (“fish end up eating our trash”), but I can’t wait for her to pick her first tomato in our organic garden. Hopefully, my girls will learn more about where our food comes from and how much work it takes to get it to their plates. Growing our own organic veggies and fruits, lessening our carbon foot print and working with the Earth is my pledge to a Greener Year.

  28. pialou April 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    i’ve survived financial devastation including lost my car last year now……house in short sale. so i’m learning to appreciate public transportation and biking but over the years my kids have “overused” my bike :-( i need to move and need a bike!
    so my resolution is to move to a like minded eco conscious community and be a role model boomer mama…woot!

  29. James Hill April 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I’m going to ditch plastic bags. In addition our whole company is planting a tree tomorrow.

    -James

  30. Bevin April 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    This past January (the 3rd to be exact), I was hit by another car, totaling my own. The other driver and I were fine, but since then I have not had any form of transportation other than an old bike and my feet!

    It actually has felt more like a blessing in disguise because my old car was a gas-guzzler, and now I walk EVERYWHERE. My longest days are about 9 miles, but I just moved to Portland, Maine, and the walks and bike rides are beautiful!

    My pledge is to keep this up all year long…. and then some! Who needs a car?!

  31. Brad Gressel April 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    My goal is to drive the speed limit all year to save gas, and to also carry my glass water bottle at all times.

  32. elizabeth April 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I vow to recycle, compost, carpool, and take public transportation as much as possible. I also vow to educate others about the importance of doing these things on a daily basis to help the world be a better, and more green place.

  33. Darren Dela Cruz April 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    For earth day, my resolution is going to be a little more fashion focused.

    Obviously, we can all do the daily essentials: re-usable grocery bags, “if it’s yellow, keep it mellow – if it’s brown, flush it down”, buy sun chips, etc…

    But, something our fashionable forefathers were donning is the re-usable handkerchief. Whether it’s a piece of silk tucked into the suit of a gentlemen or a rolled red paisley thrown into the backpocket of a Blood’s ben davis’ – this tissue replacement can help save paper and freshen up anyone’s wardrobe.

  34. Ann Marie April 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I think the bike karma is going to put this bike in my possession thank you!

  35. Lynne Thompson-Yates April 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve been making every day earth day for my entire adult life. I don’t eat meat and I use bicycles for transportation. If I can’t get there by bicycle, bus, train, foot or carpool, I’m not going.

  36. Monikarma April 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    First off your comments box is throwing some real bad errors…

    Second, I’m trying to make earth day every day by resolving to bike to work! Except I don’t have a bike :-(

  37. rondor April 25, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I just discovered Inhabitant today from an Engadget link and was inspired to participate in the Linus Bike contest.

    My family tries to make every day Earth day in many small ways. We recycle, watch our electricity and water consumption and drive only when necessary. We have taught our kids eco-principles and a love of the outdoors. To top it off, Earth Day is my wife’s Bearthday!

    Our resolution is to buy/build an Earth friendly home. We are truly inspired by the shipping container homes that we have seen over the past year; however, we are not yet locked into construction material or design style but we definitely will be doing this within the next two years.

  38. blaisa April 25, 2011 at 11:33 am

    As a young Industrial Design Student with a concentration in green sustainable design in the city of boston I ride my bike to class, work and everywhere in between. I live as green as possible immersing myself in the green sustainable design through 3 green sustainable start-up companies and am part of the green team of the Fenway schools. To top it off yesterday my bicycle was stolen right outside of my apartment. I wish to live my life green and am on my way, this shiny new Linus bicycle is not only a great way to live greener, but it will also be a reminder everyday when I ride to class.

  39. asdrexler April 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

    to only drive when there is no alternative and then carpool with others if possible, to stop buying plastic products and especially food contained or stored in plastic, to learn to live in a cooler or hotter house and cope in better ways with the weather, to learn to shave my legs without the shower running, to get a worm bin and compost our food waste (and to reduce our food waste!), to start advocating for local produce in our schools, to eliminate all harsh chemical cleaners and use less toxic alternatives, to find sustainable energy sources for our power from the providers, or advocate for them if they do not exist….the list could go on and on, but if we owned instead of rented i would add paint the roof white, install more efficient solar panels or geothermal, and set up a greywater recycling system with rain collection

  40. skippypt April 25, 2011 at 10:07 am

    My resolution is pretty simple: to pass it on. I’ve adopted many small things to help and spend a lot of time outside and I love it.

    This year I’m passing on my enthusiasm to others in an attempt to snow ball the small things everyone can do.

    I’ve organized local spring clean ups in my local neighbourhood and at the local bike shop in the Town’s downtown area. This weekend I introduced my wife to the idea and she was amazed at how great it was to look back over the conservation area entrance and see if free of garbage.

    I’ve introduced family and friends to Meatless Mondays and helped by providing easy recipies so they can continue on their own more easily.

    I’ve also started my own garden, the ultimate local food, with a large variety of veggies. I started everything from seeds this year and have grown extras to provide to both my family and my wife’s family.

    The bike would give me the opportunity to ride with my wife to the local markets and hopefully get her excited to ride as often as possible as I do.

    My resolution is simple: pass it on – encourage and provide a fun and rewarding environnment for others to change and see the benefits of doing the simple things that can make a difference. (I’d love to win this bike it looks like the perfect commuter/grocery getter! And would take the place of the Inhabitat T-Shirt that never did find my mail box :( ) Thanks!!

  41. ladymoxie April 25, 2011 at 9:33 am

    My goal for the next year is consistency. We can make promises to recycle, use our own grocery bags, and eat local, but how we hold ourselves accountable is very important. I have created a green journal where I record something I do every day that benefits the planet. So not only am I helping the earth, I’m increasing my awareness and staying accountable.

  42. milkshakemark April 25, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I pledge to stay at home more. less driving, less eating out, more home cooked (vegetarian) meals, watch internet streamed entertainment instead of dvds, less money spent. if i do leave the house, i’d like to ride that nice new bike.

  43. stsenarist April 25, 2011 at 8:05 am

    It looks like the bike i’d love to ride in the city for tons of reasons

  44. renatenada April 24, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    use grocery bags more often, change all bulbs in house, purchased green water bottle with filter, reduce red meat consumption, ride bike more often for errands, pick up garbage while walking, research solar power for home, plant garden

  45. Crochedile April 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I’ve been trying to improve my relationship with our planet by reducing the physical impact of such a small life, while also focusing my energies into positive social impacts. I’m imperfect, of course, but this year, I will be relying entirely upon my legs, pedal-power and public transport. Part of this includes relocation: I’ll be getting an apartment between my university, my place of employment and a sustainable food market, well-connected by bus lines and safe for spring cycling.

    That is what I will be doing to change myself, but I will also continue my work with organizations that aim to provide decent education to women and children. Even if everyone in the United States got out of their cars and hopped onto bikes, there would still be the problems of poverty and ignorance damaging our shared planet… but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t reduce my car hours.

  46. alisonxo April 24, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I am going to unsubscribe to all the shopping catalogs that I never subscribed to in the first place.

  47. colleenlyon April 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Earth Day Infinity : my humble plans & intentions

    * Consciously cultivate compassion for all living beings everyday
    * Always give thanks for the food on my plate
    * Practice recently learned Permaculture principles in our garden
    * Grow edible landscapes – nourishment for people, pollinators, and other wildlife
    * Raise chickens
    * Support local farmers
    * Recite more Gary Snyder, Wendell Berry, an Edward Abby before bed ;)

  48. miriamt April 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    While it is getting easier to respect the Earth, it still is not always immediately convenient. My commitment is to do it anyway!

  49. otlevel7 April 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Use my reusable stainless bottle everyday and bike instead of drive as much as I can.

  50. bumstear April 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I am constantly teaching my roommates about being more Earth friendly; I try to lead by example by riding bicycles instead of driving, eating mostly local, recycling, volunteering, and working in the green building industry in the Pacific Northwest. I currently own two bicycles, so if I were to win I would donate this Linus bike to my roommate Nam. Recycling and caring for our mother Earth is a new thing for Nam, but he is coming around quickly and is highly motivated to become a net zero human.

  51. shc32 April 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Looking to recycle smarter, remember my grocery bags, take shorter showers, and stop buying 32 oz. drinks at the gas station.

  52. arsenic_creed April 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I’m going vegetarian this year! I’ll have to do it a little slowly as I’ll have to cook for myself most of the time and I am just learning to do that but I’m really excited! Seems silly that I’ve waited this long when I don’t particularly care for meat in the first place…

  53. sophiaelectra April 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I want to build up a bike to be a commuter bike; the winters are long here in Montana! This bike would be a perfect solution, as I don’t want to give up my mountain bike (plus, I would like to sit upright for safety and comfort,) and my 70s vintage 3 speed just isn’t that mechanically reliable.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this bike!

  54. l3ilani April 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I am a user of natural resource of a regular basis. I love the finer things in life. So presented with the question, ” What can I do for E.D everyday.
    1. Use less water. Cut my showers down to 7minutes. (I usually take 10 – 15 min showers.)
    2. Eat sustainably sourced seafood.
    3. Use less energy. That means limiting Tv usage and using my portable solar battery to charge my iphone and digital camera.
    4. Not buy any new sweaters this season. I will either frag an old sweater or knit a new one.
    5. Make gifts or donate to charities instead of buying new gifts.
    6. Support local businesses.

    Interesting now that I have started this list, I can continue for a long time.

    Oh, pick me.

  55. miapatatina April 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I am reducing my trash by 8o% and trying to get rid of my households only car upon the arrival of a beautiful new bike!!!

  56. ldstarr18 April 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Wow so cool!!!! Would love to win this!! Hoppy Easter!!

  57. shaebot April 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    My resolution this year is to continue forming good habits with my six year old and seven year old daughters, a game plan that yields results in multiple areas: they will grow up eco conscious with less bad habits to break themselves of, and they keep me on task when I’m tempted to be lazy about my own contributions. We’re going to work on using our compost bin with more regularity, doing fun upcycling crafts, and helping to care for the nature preserve and pea-patch at their school.

  58. pjb1255 April 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Thank you Inhabitat – I have been a fan for several years & I like you on FB hoping my friends will also follow you – will continue to support your posts & look forward to many more years of not just cutting edge ideas on environmental topics but just plain & simple ways we can make every day Earth Day – THANK YOU

  59. Rebecca Sama April 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I created the website, Urban Sherp, as a tool to connect consumers with cool, modern, eco-friendly products and it has been an amazing experience. What I’ve found over the two years is that what holds most people back from going ‘green’ is that feeling of being overwhelmed, worry that it’s too hard to incorporate into their lives, feeling that whatever they do won’t make a difference and feeling lost as where to begin. My answer is always the same – start with just one thing, one small change and and then go from there. Everyone’s ‘small steps’ will add up and when you realize how easy it actually is to incorporate a simple act of ‘green’ into your life, you won’t be so worried about taking another step.

    This year the next step I plan to take is to really cut down on the amount of plastic that comes into my home. We’ve long given up plastic water bottles and plastic bags, but the grocery aisles are the next to get a makeover – no more overpackaged items, no more paper towels (not that we used many and only used seventh generation recycled, dye free paper towels…), and many items only purchased in bulk. Luckily, my favorite raspberry sorbet comes in a cardboard container! Just being more aware of all the ways plastic enters are lives is key. Haven’t quite figured out how to go plastic-free at the pharmacy and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks & Happy Earth Day!

  60. CureT1Diabetes April 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I am pushing for our county to build more side walks. We live in beautiful sunny south Florida and many more people would walk if they didn’t have to walk in the street along busy roads to go shopping. I could walk to the grocery store – it’s close enough, but not without sidewalks. I also work only 3 miles from work and would love to have THIS BICYCLE to ride to and from work daily. Additionally, recently there was a show on television where a family has reduced their amount of solid waste to almost nothing. They have really inspired me to do the same with our family. It’s taking some planning, but can be done. Lastly, we are trying to find local produce and to eat only food that has been grown in a sustainable manner. We use apps such as Seafood Watch and Blue Ocean to make sure any fish we consume is not endangered etc. Looking forward to receiving your newsletter.

  61. hopluv April 24, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I use natural sunlight in my home whenever possible, if I must turn on a light it is LED. My home was built in accordance with LEEDd standards. I use the Smart Car to run around town for fuel efficiency.

  62. melpet April 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve been riding my bike 365 days a year here in Boston for the past 4 years (prior to that I was a fair weather rider all my life), it would be incredible to have this beautiful, dependable Linus! This year I’m kicking the paper towel habit at home and at work- as well as encouraging everyone around me to do the same. I have already implemented numerous paper-free routines at both of my jobs and home. Exclusively using digital forms and reports, emailing receipts and using recycled items for scratch paper and making our own envelopes from junk paper! Everyday I live, breathe, work, play GREEN!

  63. superflyjulie April 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Yeah, there’s lots on the list, but surely the biggest impact we’re making as a family for earth day, is downsizing to one vehicle. We’re a family of four, the huz works a mere 5kms from home, I work from home, and the kids’ day gigs are just down the road.

    What are we doing with two cars!??

    We’ve passed on our little Civic to some friends in need of a healthy vehicle, and making the investment in some good bicycles. The only person still not outfitted in their hip new roadster, is the woman of the house… ;)

  64. Birdsong April 24, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Hi there,

    Thanks for this great opportunity and for getting all of us to focus again on ways that we can continue to heal our beautiful planet.

    I am a single mom of 3 fantastic teens, all doing their best to tread lightly and lovingly on the earth. We live in Maine.

    My eldest, Dylan, has been accepted into Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, one of the great environmental schools in the US. He will be part of their sustainable community (the school runs a farm, does tremendous community service, and has a plethora of environmental studies programs) and will receive an education that will allow him to “walk his talk” through possible teaching, writing, research, etc. I am extremely proud of him.

    Finances in our family have been extremely difficult over the years and it is only because of his status as “low-income” that we are able to manage him going off to school at all. To send him with a much needed bike would be amazing.

    Enough said.

    Thanks for your consideration and congrats to whomever wins!

    Kali Bird Isis

  65. Jay Creighton April 24, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I’m reducing my carbon output. For example, I took a light fixture in my kitchen that had five 50 watt halogen bulbs in it (250 watts total) and replaced the bulbs w/ a mix of 1 watt and 4 watt LEDs. Now the total draw for the fixture is 14 watts, a 236 watt savings for one fixture. I also took the entertainment system and pugged everything into a switched power strip. Now I turn everything of w/ the power strip switch so that when I turn it off, it really is off! I’ve even started a compost pile so that I’m not sealing those valuable nutrients up into a plastic bag for eternity. Instead, the composted waste goes in the garden. Next, I’m moving downtown where I’ll be able to walk or ride a bike to everything like the grocery store, library, post office, movie theatre, restaurants, hardware store, and train station.

  66. eoin April 24, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I am riding a bike to pick groceries, but my current bike is a 16 year old Giant mount bike. We are also pouring no partially drunk water down the drain (using to water animals and plants instead). We gave up bottled water two years ago and drink tap from stainless steel bottles.

  67. antler April 24, 2011 at 11:44 am

    What I will be doing is continuing to ride my bicycle for most of my local activity, which is seen as unusual and even scoffable behavior where I live. Then when I get the odd comment from the passersby in their gigantic, unnecessary pickup trucks, I will lift up my shirt and show them the six pack on my 47 year-old belly.

  68. dkayay April 24, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Lets be honest.  Sometimes the best green intentions don’t take root.  Old habits are hard to break.  I have my fair share of plastic bags shoved into the back of my cabinet.  Today is a new challenge, and I’m pushing ahead, striving for a healthy, green lifestyle. I tried out a Linus bike recently, and they are amazing in their simple design and easy elegance. It follows Inhabitat’s mantra, green design where form follows function.  It is easy to be green when design creates pleasure in the user. I’m delighted to commit to bike to work 4 days a week, a 6 mile round trip commute, saving roughly 1500 lbs CO2 a year.  I will fly down the road and feel my breath pushing out all the failed attempts, all the past mistakes, and all the dead ends.  I am a free riding child without a care in the world.   I’ll be me, but better.  I’m green, but with the pure joy of “wee”.

  69. QuantumTree April 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I never win anything. Why do I do this?

  70. willsurfed April 24, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Ride your bike more. Wash out plastic bags/use reusable things and go outside more often.

  71. dhaleta April 24, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Committed to using second-hand fabrics, reclaimed lumber, vintage purchases to cut down on the production of things in this world! Why do people always have to buy brand new things? There is value and history in antique stores and vintage textiles. REUSE!

  72. Ermon April 24, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I’ll admit that I’m forever harping on people needing to buy locally-sourced food, recycle more, drive less but that I’m one of the many offenders. Taking all these ideas seriously is one thing, actually following them, as it turns out, is something different. So! My Earth Day resolution is to stop letting everyday life serve as an excuse for the little conveniences that cause so many lasting problems. I resolve to spread the word about all the incredible local, organic, and growing farms in my area and promote handmade/homemade through my love of crafting. I resolve to stop plastic bag use altogether (for grocery items I recommend: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ellybags and for taking food along I recommend: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MelsSells). And whether or not I win this stunner of a bike, the car will no longer be my primary mode of transport. I’ve started saving up each week for a bike and fingers are crossed that little dream comes true soon. Here’s hoping my summer internship is biking distance from where they’re housing us!

  73. bluecrabby April 24, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I’ve committed to cutting my carbon commuter footprint. My Mercedes is now permanently parked about 30miles away from home in the ‘burbs and I use my bike to get everywhere. Yesterday I started using Capital Bikeshare, which is an amazing program here in DC. Every city on earth needs a bikesharing program!

  74. RM Caluma April 23, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    How to make every day Earth Day: consume less and make everything last. Easier said than done, so it’s a work in progress.

  75. Mawk April 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    This summer I’ll begin to works towards accomplishing my goal of opening a rooftop garden business in a developing major city. Deliveries will be made to restaurants around the city daily by cycle messengers.

  76. livelovefab April 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    On Earth Day, I wrote a blog to celebrate Earth Day, share some ideas of ways to celebrate, but more importantly with hopes of encouraging my friends and readers to remember Earth Day and consider doing something good for the environment. (Not sure if I’m allowed to include the link to my website or not due to spam potential, but the link is noted in my twitter profile @livelovefab if anyone’s interested)

    Anywho, in researching ways to become more eco-friendly, I actually “stumbled” across this website via an article featuring Senior Editor, Yuka Yoneda. Yuka’s story was fabulous, so I followed her on twitter, found out this contest, and here I am. Eek, I hope I win! I’ve been pricing new and used bikes locally, since I live in the city and could actually get around SO much easier with 2 wheels instead of 4!!! Okay, on to my Earth Day resolution:

    I have been trying to do this for a while… I want to completely rid my life of plastic shopping bags. Even though I re-use them to no end, I really want to stop using them all the way. I’ve grown quite a collection of reusable grocery and regular shopping (think: Mall) bags, but I leave them at home SO frequently. Sometimes, I buy them on the spot in grocery stores or TJ Maxx.

    So – here’s my resolution to Mama Earth. I am VOWING to take reusable bags with me in my purse whenever I’m on foot – and in my car at all times. This way, I’ll ALWAYS have them with me. Easier said than done, so here’s the catch:

    For each plastic bag that I use – I will donate $5 to The American Wildlife Federation. Why AWF? Well, as I noted in my blog – AWF supports wildlife, and protects endangered species. I actually went out to see the “African Cats” movie, which launched on Earth Day and donated a small portion of ticket sales to AWF – so I thought that this would be a great way to keep the support going even longer!

    So, I’ve got my reusable bags ready to go – and my checkbook too, just in case! Win or fail, I’m still supporting our environment!!!!!!

  77. hwookiee April 23, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    My green resolution is to finally cut the cord and stop using a car! I walk or ride a bike almost everywhere, and ride my city’s electric or hybrid buses when I can’t, but every once in a while, I fire up my old, inefficient car to get somewhere. I know I can stop, though! My goal is to ween myself off of it by the end of April, and get used to being completely car-less during the summer months, to make the transition a little easier. I just recently managed to find a bike for $35 from a friend who owns a used bike shop, and it gets me from A to B (relatively) safely, but I have a pretty good feeling the Linus might get me around town a little better. :)

  78. j_cavera April 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    LED lights for everything. And hopefully bike a lot more.

  79. Alulim April 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    My Green Resolution this year is pretty simple. I live in southern New Mexico and Water is one of our Scarcest resources. So I have put in a new rain water capture and grey water system too water my garden with. I’m also Making my own Laundry Soap and Line drying clothes. but what ‘Im still working on is converting my lighting to LED. so far i’m about 10% of the way there!

    all kind of boring but every little bit counts. but you can bet if I had a sweet bike like this my resolution would have too include “Stop Driving!”

  80. xak April 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    My Earthday resolution is to increase my biking/public transportation use. Already I’m lucky enough to be able to walk to work, but in the evenings I often will get lazy and take a car instead of biking/bussing. In particular, there’s a regular class I take on Wednesdays that I shouldn’t be driving to!

    (sorry if this is a repost; having trouble posting)

  81. Xak April 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    My Earthday resolution is to increase my biking/public transportation use. Already I’m lucky enough to be able to walk to work, but in the evenings I often will get lazy and take a car instead of biking/bussing. In particular, there’s a regular class I take on Wednesdays that I shouldn’t be driving to!

  82. christinad387 April 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    My good friend and I are moving into a new apartment this June together. We have a beautiful fireplace so we’ve decided to live without a TV and make the fireplace the focus of the room. We are also decorating the entire place with candles and some solar lights so we can use up the least amount of electricity possible!

  83. julesm3 April 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

    My earth year resolution is to encourage, and hopefully convince, my family to also eat a plant-based diet. Last summer I started a backyard garden and everyone enjoyed eating our own vegetables. This summer my goal is to help my family understand the benefits of eliminating meat from their diets and get on board with living a “greener” vegetarian lifestyle!

  84. schmoe55 April 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I’m in my fifties. To me, when people talk about Earth day, all they are doing is reaquainting themselves with what our grandparents already knew–we have to take care of our home. It shows me how important it is for older generations to pass knowledge onto the young people who must take over at some point…and just about all of the older generations either rode bikes or walked–a lot! It is good that we get back to that for many reasons.

  85. sdkegerreis April 23, 2011 at 10:52 am

    We’re currently designing a new house that is highly energy efficient and off-the-grid using solar and wind technology.

  86. dbourque April 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I am heading up the LEED effort for the construction of our new offices. I lobbied hard to have the “bike and shower” credit included in the design. It was accepted and we actually left our old offices on Earth Day, and will be starting up in our new, more efficient offices (refurbished existing building) next week.

    I don’t have a bike, but would love to win so I can walk the talk by biking in to work as much as possible this summer.

  87. aliciaely April 23, 2011 at 10:37 am

    WE recycle EVERYTHING in our home. We planted a beautiful organic garden. We walk as much as we can. We consume much less then ever before. And we are grateful to mother earth :)

  88. rj_in_montana April 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I’m planting more trees this year, composting, and riding this bike for daily transportation and green living!

  89. CaT29 April 23, 2011 at 8:49 am

    My 2011 resolution is to bring balance to my life. I know, that isn’t a Earth Day resolution, but read me out…

    I’ve kind of already started in that I try to buy more organic and sustainable fabrics to wear (love bamboo!). And we’ve been buying more natural cleaners, drive a hybrid (at least for the primary vehicle) and so on.

    But those are just things, I’m reaching for balance and peace.

    So to start, I have an appointment already scheduled for a holistic health assessment next week. The primary objective there is to work on creating serenity from the inside out.

    In doing so, I am aiming to make my environment that much more peaceful and in balance with the earth. And since I firmly believe resolutions should be an attainable stretch, my goal for this year is our garden.

    Last year we tried a garden for the first time. It went ok, but this year we are hoping to improve on it. We will continue all organic practices, using companion planting and natural deterrents to ward of the bad and promote the good! To add to it, my husband and I will set up our first composting bins and rain barrels. This should cut down on the water needed for the garden this year, and the compost will be perfect for by next year.

    The second part of my resolution could be significantly helped by winning a certain Linus bike and bag:) Right now my husband and I own 2 vehicles. One is a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. We love it. Safe smooth ride, lower gas consumption than other vehicles of the same size (sorry we run sporting events for a living so an SUV is still a must for equipment). Unfortunately a month before we got married, I totaled my car. With the wedding fast approaching, we were not able to get a 2nd vehicle. Problem was, it became increasingly difficult to get to work, errands etc. So my in-laws kindly bought us a 2nd vehicle, a 1998 Jeep Cherokee…officially voiding any good we were doing by driving a hybrid! The resolution is to retire the Jeep altogether. Let it be used for scrap metal, so no one else has to pollute the air and suck up gas with it. To do so, there has to be another way to get to and from work (only 4 miles away). And although it is close, making the trek with laptop, folders, etc is pretty difficult, not to mention walking on roads with NJ drivers. I think I’ll have a better chance of survival on a bike!

    So to end my novel of a post here, let’s recap…
    (1) Holistic Health … In progress
    (2) Organic Garden … In progress
    (3) Biking To Work & Local Errands … Hopefully in progress as of Monday!

  90. jeremiahrussell April 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Awesome comments so far. Some great resolutions. In my house we’ve already stopped using paper towels in favor of washable rags, we don’t use plastic bags unless necessary and then we recycle them, we have a small garden in the back yard for growing vegetables, we shop at our local farmers market for additional vegetables and I ride my bike to work 5 days a week.
    You might be asking what more can I do?
    Well, this year I resolve to reduce our waste further by composting as much as possible and use that compost in our garden, becoming completely locally sustained for our groceries and take more steps to making our home more energy efficient by adjusting our thermostat up or down in summer and winter, adding more insulation to our 1918 Craftsman Home and repairing our old windows to make them more energy efficient.
    Lastly, winning this bike will allow my wife to ditch the car almost completely even further reducing our carbon footprint.

  91. cnichols April 23, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I will lay down and hug the earth . . . more often

  92. Michele de Jesus April 23, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Our family committed to the whole growing season mid-May through early November of a local organic weekly CSA called Freewheelin’ Farms. So we’re challenging ourselves to base our meals on local seasonal organic produce from small farms! We offered to split the farm share with friends so they’re getting every third week. We’ll be walking a block to pick up our box at a local organic demonstration garden but these hardcore farmers also deliver on bicycle!

  93. hrvojeb April 23, 2011 at 4:39 am

    We don’t print, we bake our own bread, we plant our veggies, we don’t use detergent when washing clothes, but we use a car a lot since we live a long distance from everywhere. I should and I will use bike more often. And that is why Linus would come in handy.

  94. jucettina April 23, 2011 at 4:38 am

    My green goal is: to recycle everything I can, to compost yard waste and kitchen scraps at home, to collect rain water for watering plants, to grow our own vegetables + to ride more bike!

  95. seeparrott April 23, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Dear Earth,

    I solemnly swear to celebrate the Earth and everyday as Earthday. I will do this by sharing how to think and act “green” (along with why it is important do “be green”) with my toddler everyday. Additionally, I will share this with anyone I cross paths with and I will do so in a sustainable and loving way. I will never force my green ideas upon others but rather act out of kindness and in a supportive way in order to show them the respect that you, the earth, deserves.

    I will humbly teach by example.

    Love,

    Christine

  96. ft26 April 23, 2011 at 2:52 am

    I am already very green but of course can always be greener. My earth day resolution is to evangelize little things to help the earth so that others around me can change and further spread the message.

    The act of spreading the message will get more than just one person to act, and it will have a larger impact than just myself changing my ways.

  97. barts April 23, 2011 at 2:46 am

    To follow 3R principle even further, by the summer I will have added a humanure composting to my current composting of 100% organic matter as food scraps etc. It will conserve water, energy (at the treating end) and will close a nutrients loop after the composted stuff is returned to the soil. Wish me luck on keeping my friends, family and my girlfriend:)

  98. bstar April 23, 2011 at 12:14 am

    I’m going to treat everyday like Earth Day by facilitating engaged citizenship via local programs, DIY urbanism, advocacy, and awareness in pursuit for sustainable urbanism!

  99. fieyr2002 April 23, 2011 at 12:08 am

    I’m already looking for ways to live a greener life myself. So my new Earth year resolution will be to work on sharing the benefits of going green with my friends and family!

  100. carolineoutside April 22, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I am working in an environmental initiative for multi-national corporations. I admit to feeling a bit nervous about the experience, as in an old job, I actively campaigned and protested against environmentally unjust policy and corporate actions. However, my resolution is to keep an open mind – some of these companies are staffed by people who really are awesome, who really care. I’ve been surprised and humbled. We have a long way to go, but with an open mind and working with others, I’ve been able to implement some changes and will continue to do so. And of course, a bike would help me in my bike commute, since my 1980s Schwinn commuter bike is falling apart. :)

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