If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
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).
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.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
If you order coffee when you're out and about carry your own mug to avoid paper waste – we all know this is an easy win, but do we all do it?
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
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.
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.
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).
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.