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.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
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.
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.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
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.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.