Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
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.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
If you're looking for a hotel go to TripAdvisor and select 'GreenLeaders' from the 'More' menu option above the search box.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
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).
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
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.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.