Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
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.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Those little fruit and veg labels that supermarkets use can be recycled too. Peel them off and stick them onto a plastic container in the recycling bin.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
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).
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
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.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.