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).
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
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?
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
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.
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.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
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.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
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.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
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.