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.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
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.
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).
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
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.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
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.