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.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
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.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
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.
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.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
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?