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.
Use dried tea leaves as a deodoriser. Scatter them over the carpet, leave for ten minutes then vacuum up. Place in the fridge to absorb odours (like baking soda).
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
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.
If you order coffee when you're out and about carry your own mug to avoid paper waste – we all know this is an easy win, but do we all do it?
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
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.
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.
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).
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.