Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
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.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
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).
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 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 electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
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.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.