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.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
If you're looking for a hotel go to TripAdvisor and select 'GreenLeaders' from the 'More' menu option above the search box.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
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.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
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).
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
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.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
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.