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Published 30th Dec 2011

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Residents are being asked to do their bit to help secure a greener future for Middlesbrough in 2012.

Simple lifestyle changes will help to cement the town’s One Planet Living status, ensuring a healthier and more sustainable world for all.

The pledges will help to build on Middlesbrough’s recent recognition as a One Planet Town by founding organisation BioRegional following the town’s adoption of the ten principles of One Planet Living.

To continue consumption of resources at current levels would require three planets - a clearly unsustainable position which the One Planet Living framework is designed to address.

Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon said: “The principles of One Planet Living are now integrated into the way we plan and deliver our services.

“Gradual changes to the way we eat, travel and dispose of waste – living a quality life within the resources the planet can provide – are helping to turn the town into a more sustainable community.

“We all have our part to play in creating a more sustainable Middlesbrough and we are here to help people make the changes that will ensure a better future for generations to come.”

Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Community Protection, said: “One Planet Living is not just for councils and big organisations - individuals and households can make their own pledges towards making Middlesbrough a One Planet town.

“At this time of year people traditionally think about their lifestyles and come up with a list of resolutions such as taking more exercise, using the car less and walking more and eating more healthily.

“Lifestyle changes like these are part of a One Planet lifestyle and help to reduce your impact upon the Earth’s limited resources.

“They don’t just benefit the individual – in the long run, they can help to build a greener, safer and healthier world for us all.”

Middlesbrough Council’s Environmental Sustainability team has put together a list of suggested resolutions in line with each of the ten OPL principles – local people will no doubt come up with their own innovative ways to make a difference.


  • Zero Carbon – turn appliances off, rather than leaving them on standby and turn off lights wherever possible
  • Zero Waste – reduce food waste by reusing leftovers to create another dish
  • Sustainable Transport – adopt a more sustainable way of travelling Middlesbrough has an extensive network of cycle and footpaths and the Cycle Centre offers free secure cycle parking in the town centre
  • Local and Sustainable Materials – keep good quality items you no longer want out of landfills by offering them to others or charities
  • Local and Sustainable Food - grow your own vegetables, either in the garden or in windowsill plant pots
  • Sustainable Water – install a water butt to catch rainwater and reuse in the garden or for houseplants
  • Land Use and Wildlife – put up a bird or bat box or leave a part of your garden to grow freely to encourage more wildlife
  • Culture and Community – volunteer in the local community and attend community events
  • Equity and Local Economy – support local independent businesses by buying from them
  • Health and Happiness – learn a new skill, take up a sport or join a local group

One Planet Living Principles and Middlesbrough Video

More information

More information about One Planet Living and the changes you can make can be found on the Council’s website at

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