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.
Share tools and gadgets that people use infrequently rather than each of your neighbours buying their own individual items. Plan ahead and co-ordinate new purchases with your neighbours.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
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).
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
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.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
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.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
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.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
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.