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.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
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).
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
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.
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?
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
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.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
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.