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.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
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.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
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.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
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.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
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.