Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
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.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
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.
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.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).