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.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
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.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
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).
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
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.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.