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Sustainability Tips

Recycle your plastic bags and similar plastic film at the grocery store and switch to reusable cloth grocery and produce bags.
What plastic film can be recycled?
Plastic Film drop off locations

Vote with your dollars. Purchase from companies that have adopted green practices are growing local economies, and pay suppliers fairly. More shopping information below.

Compost your paper waste (tissues, napkins, paper towels, etc), kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and yard waste. More composting information on our composting page.

Plan your errands for efficiency to reduce the amount you have to drive and save yourself time.

Bring your own containers to restaurants to take your left-overs home in.
Zero Waste Containers

Consider an electric or hybrid car for your next vehicle purchase.
8 reasons to buy an electric or hybrid car
US tax credit information for electric vehicles

Shop at consignment and thrift stores to save money and the planet.
Consignment stores
Thrift stores

Look into solar options for your house.
Why go solar?

Best rated Solar Companies for Broomfield

Join a community garden or grow a victory garden in your own backyard.
Broomfield Community Gardens
Climate Victory Gardens

Avoid Food Waste

40% of all food in America is wasted! This is an important area where we can all try to be more sustainable. Check out all the info from Eco-Cycle that discusses the problem and solutions you can take today.

The 5 R’s of Food Waste
2020 Food Waste Webinar
Webinar Slideshow
Webinar Resources

Sustainable Shopping Links

Before you shop:
If we want to consider the environmental and climate impact of the things we buy, we need to understand the impact of a product from beginning to end. The Life-Cycle of Our Stuff

Sustainable Companies: is your one stop shop for all things sustainable! Not only are they a Certified B Corporation, but they also have plastic free packaging and carbon-neutral shipping. And right now, 10% of every purchase will be donated to the International Fund for Animal Welfare to aid in the Australian bushfire wildlife relief.

Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Etee is a great option for plastic-free shopping.

4Ocean funds are used for the removal of trash from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines while helping stop the inflow of plastic by changing consumption habits.

Better World Shopper is a public research project dedicated to making social and environmental data available to consumers who wish to utilize their dollars as votes in order to help build a better world.

Where to buy heirloom seeds

Green America is a great resource promoting green businesses and containing lots of sustainability tips.

City of Broomfield

Broomfield Community Gardens
Find a community garden you can join this spring!

Green Cleaning Recipes
In November the City hosted a great class on green cleaning. Here are the recipes they provided for all different types of household cleaning products. Here is a list of 13 Toxic Chemicals Lurking in Your Home.

Help Me Save Water
Slow the Flow offers inspections on residential water usage and suggests simple measures to increase water use efficiency in the home. Through Resource Central’s partnership with water providers in Colorado, Slow the Flow is available at no cost to qualifying residents.

More Sustainability Tips

25 Sustainability Tips

Here are additional links for some of the tips above.

Tip #5 – Get some or all of your residential energy from renewable sources by signing up for the Windsource Program from Xcel Energy

Tip #14 – Read recycling guidelines to make sure you are not contaminating the normal recyclables. Eco-Cycle Guide 2019-2020

Tip #20 – Have your home audited for energy leaks. Xcel Energy Home Energy Audit

Tip #25 – Grow native plant species or at least drought-resistant ones to save on water. Perfect Plants for Colorado