To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
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.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
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.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
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.
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.
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.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
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.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
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 drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
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 a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.