To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
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.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
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.
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.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
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 drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
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.