Ten Things You Can Do

If you're worried about the state of our planet, here are ten inexpensive or money-saving steps to take.


1. Eat less meat and dairy. Transition Bookham has a book of Planet-Friendly Recipes available at £1 a copy.

2. Insulate yourself and your house in winter by stopping draughts and wearing more clothes - a hat is particularly warming - or keep a blanket and even a hot water bottle in your sitting room. Then turn the central heating thermostat down a degree and see if you can manage. Action Surrey has information on energy-saving measures and available grants.


3. Grow some of your own food - allotments and gardens are great but if you don't have either you can still grow herbs on your windowsill.

4. Eat locally produced, unprocessed food in season - organic if you can afford it. Places to buy local produce include Bookham's Country Market in the Barn Hall on a Friday morning, Dorking's Food Float in the High Street on a Friday and Saturday, and Village Greens farm shop at Denbies.

5. Don't buy new unless you have to - repair, re-use, borrow, buy second-hand from charity shops, dress agencies or online sites such as E-bay or Gumtree. Join Freecycle and get free second-hand goods - locally there are Mole Valley and Guildford groups. 

6. If you can't repair or reuse, then give away, sell or recycle everything you can. Give away or sell on the sites mentioned above, or look for specialist sites online. Charities vary in what they'll accept so ask in your local shops. Mole Valley District Council has information on your recycling collection and Surrey County Council has information on waste reduction and recycling sites. There are more ideas and information on reducing waste on the Surrey Waste Partnership website, including details of the Furniture Reuse Network. 

Contact us for our recycling leaflet with more useful web addresses and local information.

7. Travel by foot, bike or public transport whenever possible. If you don't drive much then consider joining a local car club such as City Car Club rather than owning your own car. Surrey County Council provides information on local transport options, including bus timetables. 

8. Take a bag with you when shopping so you don't need a plastic bag.

9. Shower rather than bath and if you have a power shower set a timer for two minutes. Sutton & East Surrey Water has information on water-saving advice and gadgets.

10. Switch off appliances at the socket if they don't need to be left on - many can use quite a bit of electricity if left on standby.