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.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
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.
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.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.