Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
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.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
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.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
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.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
If you're looking for a hotel go to TripAdvisor and select 'GreenLeaders' from the 'More' menu option above the search box.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
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).
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
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?
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
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.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
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.
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).
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.