Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
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.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
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.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
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.
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).
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.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.