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 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.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
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?
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
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.
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.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.