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 and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
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.
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
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).
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.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
If you're looking for a hotel go to TripAdvisor and select 'GreenLeaders' from the 'More' menu option above the search box.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
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.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).