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.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
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.
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.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
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).
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
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.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.