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.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
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).
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
If you're looking for a hotel go to TripAdvisor and select 'GreenLeaders' from the 'More' menu option above the search box.
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.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
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.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
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.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.