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.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
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.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
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 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.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
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.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.