Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
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.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
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.
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.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
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.
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).
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.