Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
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.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
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).
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
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.
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.
If you're looking for a hotel go to TripAdvisor and select 'GreenLeaders' from the 'More' menu option above the search box.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.