Our Peaks and Pods Responsible Visitors’ Charter
We work hard to make our Peaks and Pods holidays as environmentally friendly as possible, but we need your help. We can all reduce our impact on the environment by making good choices. As a visitor to the areas of North Yorkshire and Lancashire, you have a very important role to play in helping us to conserve the counties’ assets and become a more sustainable holiday destination. Here are our recommended tips on how you can help:
In your pod, reduce energy use by switching off lights and closing windows and doors if the heating is on. Don’t leave the heating on when you leave the pod – the pods always warm up quickly on your return. Also, make sure that lights at The Hub are not left on. The Energy Saving Trust provides information on what you can do to save energy at home and when on holiday. Visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk for more advice.
Buy local products; they give you a flavour of the area and help support our local communities. We are fortunate to have some fantastic producers of food, drink and arts and crafts. Find more information in your pod’s Welcome Pack, and ask us about local markets, and local and regional produce.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Try to avoid overly packaged goods and say no to that extra carrier bag. Check your pod welcome pack for details of how to recycle on site. There are recycling bins next to The Hub that we ask you to sort your rubbish into before you leave.
Be Water Wise
Water is a precious resource and it’s everyone’s responsibility to use it wisely. You can help by following our water saving tips. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth – a running tap uses up to nine litres of water a minute. Take a quick shower – a five-minute shower uses about 40 litres of water. Make sure that taps are not left on unnecessarily and check that the tap for the bike wash at The Hub is properly turned off after use.
Respect Nature and our environment
We are lucky at Peaks and Pods to be surrounded by traditional dry-stone walls and we ask you to help us to protect them by not climbing on or over them. Help us to look after the beautiful landscape and wildlife by not littering, guarding against fire and using footpaths and cycle-ways responsibly. Ensure you follow the Countryside Code.
Eco-friendly cleaning products
We use plant-based cleaning products that work effectively but help us to protect our environment. We encourage our guests to use the eco-friendly products that we supply in our pods, which also help to maintain healthy bacteria in our septic tank.
There are thousands of businesses in the British Isles working to reduce their carbon footprint through the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Businesses are awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold for their efforts to be more sustainable.