Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
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.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
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).
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?
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.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
If you're looking for a hotel go to TripAdvisor and select 'GreenLeaders' from the 'More' menu option above the search box.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
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.
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.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.