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.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
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).
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
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.
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.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
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 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.