Each year on April 22, the world comes together to promote climate action and ecological conservation. Earth Day is all about honoring the beautiful planet we share. This year’s Earth Day theme is “Invest in Our Planet” and it presents a meaningful opportunity to nurture a healthier, more sustainable future. 

At Vineyard Senior Living, one of the core values in our T.H.R.I.V.E. model is environmental consciousness and responsibility. We believe that caring for this planet enriches our lives. So, if you’re looking for actionable ways to celebrate Earth Day 2023, here’s a list of our favorite ideas.

Reduce Your Plastic Consumption

Recent reports estimate that 139 million tons of plastic waste accumulate across the globe in just one year. Plastic releases CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, which, over time, causes harm to life on earth. Plastic-related pollution is an ecological crisis, but you can be part of the solution to curb plastic waste with just a few simple changes.

First, use this calculator to measure how many plastic items you consume daily. Then, switch those products out for more sustainable alternatives. For example, invest in a stainless-steel reusable bottle instead of buying plastic water bottles. Or, instead of using plastic straws, keep a metal or bamboo straw on hand. These small shifts can have a big impact.

Maintain Your Indoor Garden

According to Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences research, houseplants are natural air purifiers that remove pollutants in your living space. Plants are also a colorful addition to your home, and nurturing them can be a fun, therapeutic hobby.

Whether you’re a seasoned grower or a horticulture novice, Earth Day 2023 is the perfect time to start an indoor garden. Be sure to choose plants indigenous to your area and use pots made from non-plastic, recycled materials.

Eat a Nutritious, Plant-Based Meal

Eating a diet rich in natural, plant-based whole foods can lower greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent, revealed the Lancet Planetary Health Journal. This simple action also reduces cropland, water and fertilizer consumption.

As you age, nutrition becomes increasingly vital to your wellness and quality of life. There are many delicious, versatile superfoods you can enjoy here at Vineyard. Sustainable living has never been tastier!

Join the Great Global Cleanup Event

Over 2,000 pieces of litter accumulate per mile on U.S. roads or waterways, and 90 percent of surveyed Americans feel littering is a problem in their state. If you’re tired of seeing nature mistreated in this way, join the “Great Global Cleanup.” This Earth Day 2023 initiative invites communities all over the world to clean up trash from beaches, parks, trails or other outdoor public venues.

You can use this online portal to find a Great Global Cleanup in your zip code or register to host your event. Whether you participate as an individual or recruit your friends, this is a fun activity that will make a (literal) world of difference.

Invest in Our Planet with These Earth Day Initiatives

With Earth Day 2023 just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you can do for the planet we call home. From personal efforts to community-wide events, each step forward matters. Here at Vineyard Senior Living, we’re committed to a sustainable future, and we invite you to join us!