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.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
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).
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
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.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
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?
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.