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.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
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 beeswax candles instead of ordinary paraffin candles. They burn cleaner, brighter and last longer. They also emit negative ions which improve air quality.
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
Share tools and gadgets that people use infrequently rather than each of your neighbours buying their own individual items. Plan ahead and co-ordinate new purchases with your neighbours.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
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.