Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
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.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
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.
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).
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.