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.
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).
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
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.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.