Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
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.
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.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
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.
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 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.
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.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.