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Greener New Year's Resolutions

Green New Years resolutions are growing according a new survey that showed 93% of us are considering adding environmentally friendly lifestyle changes to our lists.

Community website Gumtree.com found that 62% of us are determined to recycle more with 55% of people planning to apply this to unwanted Christmas gifts by giving them to charity.

According to the survey the increased media spotlight on environmental issues is having an effect with 90% of those surveyed saying that environmental news stories had inspired them to become greener. 48% of people said they are significantly more environmentally friendly than they were five years ago.

Just over half of those surveyed thought it was fairly easy to have a positive impact on climate change, recognising that actions such as recycling more, using the car less, turning off appliances and taking fewer long-haul holidays all had an impact.

Gumtree.com spokeswoman Sophy Silver said: Traditional New Years resolutions are being traded in for greener options because they are much more relevant to the way we live today. Things like going on a health kick, giving up a bad habit or making time for friends and family are really important but we are focusing more on making the planet safe for future generations, which is one of the most important things humans today can do.

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