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?
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 a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
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 charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
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.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
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.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.