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 a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
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 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).
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
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.
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.
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?
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.