Living and Visiting Sustainably at Tyddyn Retreat
We welcome and encourage all our guests to join us in living sustainably. Whatever each of us is doing, we sense that more is always possible – perhaps you agree? We welcome your support and suggestions for any additional ways in which we can care for the environment.
Most importantly, have a wonderful time while you are here – we’d love to see you again!
Here are some of the things you can support while staying at Tyddyn Retreat:
- Helping conserve energy: switching off lights when not needed; closing windows when the heating is on; closing fridge/freezer doors as quickly as possible; filling the kettle only as far as needed
- Using the separate bins provided for bottles/can/plastics and for paper
- Composting uncooked kitchen waste – in the green caddy
- Supporting local food producers, pubs, cafes and restaurants: there is a list of those we recommend near here - in this green folder
- Using environmentally friendly washing and cleaning products, such as those we provide here
- Respecting our 100% no-smoking policy, and using this time to kick the habit if needed.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Where possible avoid packaging, especially plastic bags. You probably know, that since October 2011, single-use plastic bags have a charge of 5p each when you are shopping in Wales. By July 2013 demand for such bags had reduced a fantastic 81%.
- Make the most of the recycling boxes and compost caddy in your accommodation at Tyddyn Retreat. Our recycling collection is on Thursdays. We are happy to handle this for you.
- Use water wisely – changing towels only when needed.
- Stay Local, eat Local, buy Local, see Local
- The way you spend your time here in the beautiful Cambrian Mountains makes a real difference to the economy, environment and communities who live here – and so helps to preserve this wonderful area for future generations.
- We have a remarkable range of quality local producers and services that are here to visit and enjoy – farm shops, village stores, pubs, cafes, garden centres and craft shops, and invite you to scan the list in this green folder.
- Reflecting the distinctive culture of the area, there is an extraordinary range of local community events throughout the year. We list many of these on our website, including news of ‘coming events’ & local characters.
- Reduce car traffic: walk, cycle or use public transport
- Walking and cycling are great ways to see the area without adding to traffic.
- You can walk and cycle direct from Tyddyn Retreat, or use public transport to drop you at your start points. We have many, many books on walking & cycling routes in the area, and information on car free days too.
- Relax and switch off
- Enjoy living lightly – switch off lights and don’t leave the TV on standby. Use the washing line or airer to dry washing, and only put the dishwasher on when it’s full.
- Follow the Countryside Code: respect, protect, enjoy
- Remembering to help protect the landscape and wildlife – use footpaths, take litter away, leave gates as you find them, keep dogs under control and consider other people and users.
Note: we acknowledge our neighbours at Blaenglanhanog for some of the helpful suggestions in this note.