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 electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
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.
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.
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).