I've just thought of a few more tips that some maybe able to use
avoid using too many commercial cleaners around the house. Most are heavily dosed in chemicals that pollute the environment. Remember the good old fashioned cleaners generations before us have used. Some combinations I use and can recommend are:
lemon juice-the juice of one lemon poured into a bowl and then 'mircowaved' (for around 1 & 1/2 minutes) will not only steam clean your microwave put it will also freshen up your microwave too
bicarb soda mixed with lemon (its all about chemistry folks!) to make a paste is fab for cleaning your fridge, oven, tiles, sinks (basins) and more. Just make the paste (not too sloppy) and put in onto the item in question. Leave for 20 minutes (longer if its the oven etc) and then wipe away. You can wipe the area down with a damp cloth.
If you're a fan of commercial 'ironing water' make your own. Its simple and cheap. Buy a citrus essential oil, recycle a small spray bottle and using mineral water (or spring water) make your own jazzy water. I use sweet orange and lemon oils (around 10 drops) to around 300ml of mineral water. I then give it a shake and spray clothes with it.
Soda crystals are excellent value for money and clean loads of items as well as acting as a sink/drain cleanser. Used regulary will help stop sink blockages that will cost you a bit to repair
Toys-children love them and parents feel pressurised to buy them. A good way of reducing toy costs/waste of packaging is to find some like minded parents and arrange a toy swap. The children pick the toys they no longer wish to play with and swap them for another toy for a week. That way the children get a new toy for a while and if they really do like it you'll know what to buy them on Eid
Encourage your children to care for the environment too by always switching lights off, never leave taps dripping and recycle simple things like water bottles
When out in resturants brothers and sisters I urge you to avoid buying bottled water (unless you must due to health issues). There is nothing more refreshing than a glass of cold tap water. We must remember the amount of Muslim and non Muslim people who do not even have fresh water to quench their thirst
If you drive your children to school and other parents in your area do so come together to create a monthly rota where one parent picks up the children, the following week another etc etc. You'll save not only fuel, time and freaking out in school time traffic but you will also encourage your children to think about sharing resources and install the sense of community too.
Try to go shopping with a friend or family member if you live near to each other. One car instead of two equals half the pollution
By products that are in season. If you live in the UK like me then you must question how strawberries appear in Febuary at your local supermarket. Buy local and cut your carbon footprint!
Transport your shopping in reusable bags-they'll last longer and when its time to part with it if its cotton you know it can be recycled!
Most of all remember going green isn't just another 'fashion' its the good Muslim lifestyle. Lets give back to the earth instead of simply stripping it of things.