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 and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
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.
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).
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.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.