If you only need a tool or piece of equipment infrequently then instead of buying one, save resources by asking a friend or neighbour if you can borrow one. Or check online for a lending club, such as Streetbank.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
Take time to work out how much you need before making a purchase. If you do this for items such as food and paint you'll avoid paying for quantities that will only go to waste.
Share tools and gadgets that people use infrequently rather than each of your neighbours buying their own individual items. Plan ahead and co-ordinate new purchases with your neighbours.
Check your local library to find out all the resources it provides. Libraries are a good place to read magazines and newspapers as well as borrowing books (and DVDs).
If you're looking for a hotel go to TripAdvisor and select 'GreenLeaders' from the 'More' menu option above the search box.
Choose rechargeable batteries and a battery charger to cut down on disposables. Eventually recyclable batteries reach the end of their life too but they can be recycled – local recycling policies vary so check with your recycling facility.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.