Devon's first "Lifestyle Spring Clean week" kicks off on Friday 12 March.

The project is a collaboration between North Devon, Torridge, West Devon and South Hams Councils working in partnership with local environmental company, Carbon Savvy and several environmental charities across Devon.

Participants in the event are invited to take an online lifestyle survey and pick one action to improve their quality of life and reduce their carbon footprint. By posting a photo of their action on social media, tagging @CarbonSavvyUK and using the hashtag #LifestyleSpringClean they can enter the prize draw to win one of several eco prizes on offer. 

Devon-based company, The Bike Shed have also come on board to offer a brand new electric bicycle from Specialized worth £2,400 as one of the regional prizes for Devon residents.

Carbon Savvy will be posting videos every day to help and inspire audiences to take one of the actions. During the week there will be themed days on the subjects of:

  • food
  • transport
  • heating
  • holidays
  • shopping

The activities and prize draw have been created by North Devon community enterprise Carbon Savvy, who have also launched two carbon footprint calculators and two quality of life calculators that allows users to track their results and see them improve over time on their website. 

Lead Member for Climate Change at North Devon Council, Cllr Caroline Leaver, says: “There is a real feel-good factor knowing you are doing something positive to make a difference, that anyone can take part and everyone stands to benefit. There is no planet B, this is the one we have got, this is the one we live on, we have to do what we can to protect this planet. If you haven't done it yet, I urge you to try the Carbon Savvy calculator, and we look forward to seeing the results at the end of the week."

The action week runs from 12 March through to 21 March. For more information and to take part visit www.carbonsavvy.uk/lifestyle-spring-clean/