Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
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.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
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).
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
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.