Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
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 and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
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).
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
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.
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).
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.
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.