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.
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.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
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 electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
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.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
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).
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
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?
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
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.
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).
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.