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.
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.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
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 paper – always refuse paper receipts.
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?
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).
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
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.