Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
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.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
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).
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
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.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
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 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?
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
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.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
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).
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.