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 charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
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.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
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.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
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?
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.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).