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.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no 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.
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.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
If you order coffee when you're out and about carry your own mug to avoid paper waste – we all know this is an easy win, but do we all do it?
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
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).
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.