Simple ways to make a difference

Each one of us has a role and responsibility to reassess the way we live — even if it’s just one step at a time.

Purchasing habits are a good place to start. A recent Angus Reid poll reports while most Canadians know they should be doing something about the environment, still 60 per cent admit when it comes to making decisions in the store, they “seem to stick to the regular brands, not the natural ones.”

As well, 92 per cent of Canadians agree: “People talk a lot about doing something for the environment, but not many seem to actually be doing something about it.”

Take a look at your laundry room for just a few responsible purchases one can make:

Purchase a front-load washing machine. This efficient system cleans your clothes by lifting them to the top of the tub and then dropping them into the water below. Front loading machines can handle 5 to 9 kilograms of clothes at a time and yet they fill only partly with water and wash best with low-suds detergent. Front-load washers save water and energy.

Switch to a biodegradable laundry detergent: Angus Reid reports that 75 per cent of Canadians are concerned about the effects that soaps and laundry detergents have on the environment. Detergents are changing and becoming more environmentally conscious.

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