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A green resolution will clean up your act

(NC) Are you ready to eliminate 'green guilt' from your life?

New Year's resolutions are often hard to keep, and according to a recent TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) survey, 78 per cent of Canadians confessed that they have a variety of 'environmental regrets' – including using plastic bags and bottles to driving gas-guzzling cars. Perhaps it's time to clear our collective conscience once and for all.

TD FEF offers a few easy, attainable resolutions that will contribute to the well-being of the planet, your health and your pocketbook.

“If we all resolved to permanently adopt any one of these resolutions,” shares TD FEF Executive Director Mary Desjardins, “we could each make a contribution to the protection of our planet.”

Replace light bulbs indoors and outdoors – Make the switch to energy efficient light bulbs such as compact fluorescents, LEDs or halogens. They last longer, use less energy and will save you money in the long run.

Reduce the use of disposable water bottles – Switch to an at-home water filter and reusable bottle to have fresh, clean water whether you are at home or on the go, while reducing your plastic waste.

Start an indoor compost bin – Many cities and municipalities have already adopted this recycling program, but if it's not yet part of your everyday routine, it's an easy way to make a difference even in the winter. Small containers are available at kitchen and hardware stores, that don't take up a lot of room on your kitchen counter.

Take the steps to stop unwanted mail – Most catalogs and junk mail go unread and unopened. You can reduce paper waste by opting out of unnecessary mail, or by signing up for e-bills.

Start using reusable bags – The hardest part is remembering them. Start storing shopping bags made from cotton or nylon in your handbag, car or coat pocket. They are small and easy to store and come in a variety of styles to suit any taste.

Look for driving alternatives – Change up your routine from driving everywhere, to walking or taking public transportation at least once a week. It's not only good for the environment, it's healthy for you too.

Clean green − Switch your household cleaning products to ones that are safer for your family and the environment.

Share your environmental New Year's resolution on TD FEF's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TDFEF.

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