To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
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).
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
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.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
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.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
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?
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.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
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.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.