At Ty Beic I try to live in a responsible way that promotes sustainability. This is not something that is formal or audited but it is embedded in the way I live my life.
Local, sustainably sourced and recycled materials have been used in the restoration work, together with Forest Stewardship Council certified timber. The cottages have largely been equipped with products from the UK or EU.
Hot water and heat is provided by a biomass boiler fueled by locally sourced woodchip. Most of the electricity is generated by photovoltaic panels and additional solar water heating panels provide hot water to the laundry.
Spring water is used to water the garden and vegetable patch and clean bicycles.
The patch of ground where the old oil tank was located has become a recycling area. I try to make it simple and easy for guests to recycle and reduce waste.
I also work to maintain and encourage biodiversity, including providing habitats for bats and nesting birds (owls amongst many others) as well as leaving areas wild for other animals such as hedgehogs.
All of the cleaning and washing products are sourced through Splosh, which is a company set up to minimise the environmental impacts of such products. Products are supplied as dry refills, to which water is added, or in pouches that are poured into reusable bottles. This reduces packaging and transport weight.
I aim to promote cycling as a healthy and sustainable form of transport. I jointly run a children’s cycling club every Saturday morning in Bala, helping youngsters become confident on their bikes and I started a ride to encourage novice cyclists to get on their bikes and get on the road. In time, I hope that this will promote cycling in the local area.