To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
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.
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.
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).
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.