Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of 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.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
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.
If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
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.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Use beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
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.
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
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).
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
Instead of buying paper napkins for each celebration buy cloth napkins that you can use again, or make your own.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Look at the types of products you use and switch from disposable to reusable, such as food and drink containers, razors and nappies.
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.