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 and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
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.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
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.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
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.