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.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
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 electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
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.
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.