One Planet Action Plan

If everyone in the world lived like you we would need 4.6 planets to support us. You are above the UK average of 3 planets.

Your Carbon Emissions:






Here is how your Ecological Footprint breaks down:
  • 27% Home & Energy
    Home & Energy
  • 17% Transport
  • 23% Food
  • 14% Goods
  • 7% Government
  • 4% Capital Assets
    Capital Assets
  • 9% Services

Your Action Plan

Zero carbon

  • Insulate your walls, loft and hot water tank (free if you're over 70).
  • Set your heating thermostat to between 18C and 21C.
  • Switch to using energy saving light bulbs - they last up to 10 times longer.
  • Turn off appliances when you're not using them.
  • When buying new appliances, always look for the A rated efficient model.
  • Use a washing line rather than a tumble dryer for drying your clothes.

Zero waste

  • Make sure you know what can be recycled in your local area by checking your local council's website.
  • Set up a compost bin if you have a garden. You'll reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill and will create compost to feed your plants.
  • Think about trying to buy items with less packaging. For example, you could choose vegetables in a paper bag or net rather than plastic trays and wrappers.
  • Donate unwanted goods and clothes to charity shops.

Sustainable transport

  • Can you reduce the number of miles your drive? Maybe you could swap some of your journeys onto public transport or car share on your journey to work?
  • Can you plan your life to reduce travel? Just think how much time you would you gain by working closer to home, or even from home once a week?
  • Have you thought about reducing the number of flights you take? You might be surprised at how pleasant it is to take a holiday using the train or ferry.
  • Think about walking or cycling for short journeys. Amazingly over half of journeys between one and two miles are made by car.

Sustainable materials

  • Before buying something new, think if you really need it. Could you borrow or hire it instead?
  • Some products are more sustainable than others. For example, FSC certified timber garden furniture would be preferable to metal or plastic.
  • You can now buy many everyday products made from recycled materials such as foil, toilet paper, stationery, furnishings and tableware.

Local and sustainable food

  • Ordering an organic vegetable box or shopping at your local market can help reduce dependence on cars, reduce packaging and will support local farmers.
  • Choosing to eat a diet with less meat and more fresh fruit and vegetables can help reduce your Footprint as well as make you healthier.

Sustainable water

  • Congratulations for avoiding the use of a sprinkler or hose. They can use as much water in an hour as a family of four in a whole day.
  • If you have any dripping taps, getting them fixed can save 140 litres a week.
  • Invest in a water butt to water your garden, your houseplants or wash your car for free.

Land use and wildlife

  • To attract wildlife in your garden avoid the use of pesticides, leave an undisturbed area of your garden, provide bird or bat boxes or even shelters for ladybirds.
  • Plant native flowering plants to attract insects.
  • If buying wood or paper products make sure they come from sustainably managed forests (for example certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council) or are made from recycled material.
  • Avoid buying garden products containing peat as they contribute to the destruction of the peat bogs. In your garden use a peat-free compost or your own home-produced compost.

Culture and community

  • Taking a local walk or visiting a museum or gallery can provide a unique insight into your local area.
  • Think about joining an evening class or other local group. There is so much new out there to learn... dance, music lessons, life drawing, language skills. The list is never ending.

Equity and local economy

  • Buy Fairtrade branded products. Amongst other products you can now buy Fairtrade bananas, chocolate, tea, coffee, honey, sugar, wine, flowers and cotton.
  • Try to use local shops and services as much as you can. More money remains in the local economy and supports your community.

Health and happiness

  • Eating a balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables means you'll be healthier and if you buy local you'll be supporting your regional farming community.
  • Walking or cycling to the local shops will make you fitter and release endorphins in your brain which make you happier. You might even meet up with a friend or neighbour and feel more in touch with your local community.
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