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.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
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 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).
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
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 paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
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.
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.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.