Treading Softly - Environmentally considerate living in a rural english home and garden

Treading Softly

Behavioural Initiatives




The 50+ majority of the initiatives are "No Cost - Low Cost" behavioural initiatives. These "behaviours" are the habits we adopt and the decisions we make in managing our daily domestic and business lives. Five random examples are:
These "lifestyle habits and behaviours" generally cost us nothing to decide or implement. In fact, in the process of saving us time and/or money and /or making us healthier they have a beneficially lower impact on the environment and our carbon footprint.

Behavioural Initiatives 1995 to date

Electricity Switched to nPower Juice - green energy tariff 2005 Ecotricity Wind Turbine Turning electricity bills into windmills

Jute shopping bag





Organic milk delivered by the milkman
Recycling plastic bottle caps, metal bottle tops and jar lids, aluminium foil Holiday in UK

Encouraging Biodiversity

Monitoring and Measuring consumption



Mail Preference Service



Switched to Ecotricity - green wind energy  2007
Unnecessary lights and appliances switched off ! 1996 to date
Appliances We did not own or use a dishwasher until the ISE DW243 was available in 2012 1995 to 2012
  Ceased using a Tumble Dryer 2002 to date
Transport and Travel Only 9 hours travelled by plane
since 18 October 2003
2003 to date
  Holidays taken in UK 2003 to date
  Continual bicycle repair 1997 - 2008
  Keep annual car mileage for 2 people and 2 businesses to between 9,000 and 11,000 miles 2006 - to date
Use Park and ride services where available/appropriate 2006 to date
Water Decommissioned water softener system 2006
Food Reduced red meat consumption to once weekly 2003 to date
Planned weekly meals and set weekly food shopping checklist 2004
Using "Bags for Life" or own jute/cloth bags 2006
Taking care to minimise packaging purchased 2006 to date
Fresh food deliveries from local farms and shops 2007-2008
Use the milkman for organic milk delivery in re-usable glass bottles 1995 to date
Programme to reduce grocery shopping plastic packaging 2019-20
Laundry Stopped tumble drying. All laundry air dried in house or on outside line. 2002
Removed and Freecycled tumble dryer 2008
Use 30 ° for coloureds washing 2008
Surplus Resources Recycle everything possible including glass, cans, plastic bottles, plastic bottle tops, paper, aluminium foil, batteries, textiles, shoes, metal, bottle tops, engine oil .....and more. 1996 to date
Many household items are re-used in some way, including glass jars, yoghurt pots, furniture, plastic bags, clothing, A4 paper and many unwanted items send to Freecycle or Freegle. 1995 to date
Compost all kitchen food surplus on site 1995 to date
Compost all garden surplus on site 1995 to date
Garden Planted new hedgerow over 120 yards 1995
'Wildlife heap' for all woody surplus which also provides a wildlife shelter 1995 to date
Compost all garden surplus 1995 to date
Never had a bonfire 1995 to date
Leaf Mould every year from raked garden leaves 1995 to date
Created organic vegetable garden 1996 to date
Organic garden free of pesticides, herbicides and inorganic fertilisers 1996 to date
13 bird boxes/roosts placed in hedges and shrubs 1998 to date
Setup Wildflower "Lot " 2003
Plastic plant pots recycled at local garden centre 2004 to date
2 Hedgehog boxes, 2 bug houses, a Bumblebee nest box installed  2008
Added Damson and Plum trees to garden 2008
Bird nest building materials baskets 2008
Biodiversity A variety of habitats created and maintained in garden for wildlife 1996 to date
A database record of the over 500 living species (plants, insects, mammals, birds ++) in the garden. 1996 to date
Monitoring Heating Oil consumption measured and monitored 1995 to date
Water consumption measured and monitored 1999 to date
Electricity consumption measured and monitored 2002 to date
Petrol consumption measured and monitored 2006 to 2008
Car mileage measured and monitored 2006 to date
  Carbon Footprint measured and monitored 2008 to date
Other Commissioned consultants for household energy and CO2 report 2008
Signed up to stop junk mail through Mail Preference Service 1996
CO2 Footprint Currently about 9,800 Kgs a year for house, 2 adults and 2 businesses 2007 to date
Using up to five CO2 calculators + self-customised calculation 2007 to date