Eco-Friendly Practices for Earth Day and Beyond

April 3, 2024

Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 and has been celebrated on the same day each year since. If you’re interested in living more sustainably for the future of our Earth, there are many ways to take the first steps. Small actions can add up to big changes, and Earth Day is the perfect time to start thinking about your carbon footprint–and how to reduce it. Ready to make some simple changes to help the planet? Here are a few eco-friendly practices that are easy (and even fun) to implement: 

Start Composting

If you’re not already composting, there’s no time like the present to get started! Composting is common here in Colorado, and it’s very simple to get the hang of. If you’re not familiar with this method of natural recycling yet, it involves keeping organic matter (such as food scraps and coffee grounds) that will decompose. The resulting compost is nutrient-rich and excellent for gardening. To start a backyard compost bin, you’ll just need a container with good airflow and a place in the yard with adequate sunlight. For a step-by-step guide to composting at home, check out these recommendations.

Go Paperless

One of the most important tenets of Earth Day is waste reduction, and going paperless is a great way to achieve this. Nearly all companies offer digital billing and statements now, so whenever you have some spare time, sit down and double check that you’re opted in for paperless communication. It just takes a few minutes to confirm your preferences, and you’ll be doing your part to reduce clutter and promote a healthier planet. 

Invest in Reusable Food Containers

As recently as 10 years ago, sealable plastic bags were the ubiquitous choice for packing lunch on the go. Now, there are much better options for keeping food fresh. Brands such as (Re)Zip and Greater Goods have reinvented the resealable storage bag, which is perfect for everything from cereal to sandwiches. Instead of being a one-hit-wonder like single-use bags, these are both washable and durable. 

Drink From a Reusable Cup

Hydration is important, and one of the biggest ways you can help the Earth is by ditching plastic water bottles. Stocking up on bottled water is convenient, but it only takes a few days to get used to the new habit of filling your reusable water bottle and carrying it with you wherever you go. If you want to go the extra mile, find a travel mug that you love and bring it to the coffee shop. For those latte-a-day folks, this simple swap can make a world of difference for the environment. 

This Earth Day, show your commitment to our planet by making a few easy changes to your lifestyle. The eco-friendly practices highlighted here are some of our favorite ways to make a difference, and they’re nearly effortless to stick with. If you’ve been looking for a community that honors the Earth all year round, you’ve found the right place at Independence. As Colorado’s first conservation community, we have a deep appreciation for the land. Here, homes are built with the most energy-efficient materials possible, and our state-of-the-art water conservation program ensures that we conserve this precious resource. If you’re interested in learning more about our community environmental standards, please contact our team.