- Be conscious of your water use, and reduce it where you can. Research from Waterwise and Water UK shows that a UK family of four could be using as much as 500 litres of water every day. That’s a lot of water, and although it may seem as if it rains a lot, there is actually only a finite amount to go round.
- The little things can make a big difference, so turn off the tap when you brush your teeth, only run your dishwasher when it’s full, and take shorter showers instead of baths.
- Check out Waterwise’s ideas on how to use water responsibly.
Walk, cycle or take public transport
- Walking and cycling are obvious ways to reduce greenhouse gases – and you’ll improve your cardio fitness too
- If you can’t walk or cycle, take advantage of public transport if you can. Or carpool. Even one car off the road makes a difference.
- If you do have to use a car, try to reduce your car journeys and your greenhouse gas emissions by limiting your journeys and combining errands all in one trip
- If your job allows it, try home-working on some days to avoid the commute
- Reduce your fuel consumption by keeping tires inflated to the proper pressure
- Check out the RAC’s guide on how to reduce your fuel consumption
Reduce, reuse, recycle
- Help reduce pollution by recycling as much as you can. Our recycling pages guide you on how to recycle in Ryedale
- Take resuable bags when you do your shopping
- Avoid using disposable plates, spoons and cups that create huge amounts of waste
- Buy products that are made of recycled materals. It all makes a difference
Give composting a try
- Compost makes a great natural fertilizer and reduces the amount of solid waste that ends up in landfill
- Check out our compost bin info for how to get started
Switch to LEDs
- LED bulbs are super energy-efficient and can last much longer than the old incandescent light bulbs typically lasted
Be energy wise
- Make your home more energy efficient and you’ll be saving money as well as saving the planet. Make sure your home has proper insulation and that you’re not losing heat through draughty windows.
- Check out the support the Council offers to improve your home’s energy efficiency
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat or using smart-phone technology to control your heating. That way you won’t have to keep your system running (and wasting energy) when you’re not at home.
Eat sustainable foods
- Large-scale food production accounts for a high percentage of greenhouse emissions so try to choose food from farmers who are eco-conscious in the way they farm. Their produce can sometimes cost a little bit more, but you’ll be supporting responsible production and helping sustainability.
- Buy from local producers to reduce the airmiles caused by transporting food. Luckily Ryedale has outstanding local food producers and famous food markets so there’s loads of opportunity to support your local food heroes
- Eat more whole grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts, and less red meat and processed foods. You’ll be healthier, and so willthe planet.
Plant a tree (or two)
- Trees and forests play a vital role in absorbing CO2 and also remove lots of other kinds of junk from the air, including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. By planting a tree you can help make the air we breathe cleaner for everyone.
- Check out the Woodland Trust for information on how you could get involved with their plant a tree campaigns
Give up plastics
- Humans use a staggering amount of plastic and millions of tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year. Play your part in breaking the cycle: don’t use plastic straws or disposable cutlery, say no to plastic shopping bags, and try to buy “loose” food rather than pre-packaged to reduce plastic waste.
- Stop buying bottled water. British tap water is among the best in the world, and is the most regulated drink out there. Check Waterwise for information on your drinking water.
- Ryedale District Council recycles high-grade plastics because this can be handled responsibly in the EU and doesn’t end up in the oceans. Check out our recycling pages to find out what plastics you can recycle.