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).
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
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.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
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.
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).
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
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.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
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.