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.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
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.
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.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
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).
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
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 beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.