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.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
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.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
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 and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
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.
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
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).