Sustainable lifestyle choices Brits are prioritising – from growing own veg to recycling

Sustainable lifestyle choices Brits are prioritising – from growing own veg to recycling

January 7, 2022

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But the single most significant act is simply to recycle as much as possible, according to 53 percent of adults.

Three in ten also place huge importance on reducing their use of plastic.

A third (32 percent) of the 2,000 adults polled are placing more importance on switching off plugs that aren’t in use, than buying from sustainable brands.

And having a water butt is considered to have a bigger positive impact on the environment than not flying to foreign destinations.

Ashley Andrew, managing director of Hyundai Motor UK, which commissioned the research, said: “This research gives increasing hope, and shows that more of us are wanting to live sustainably and are prioritising greener new year resolutions for 2022.

“It also highlights the important role leading brands play in driving the change to support consumer choice.”

The study found seven in ten adults admit to feeling confused over what actions are considered “green” and what aren’t.

And only 15 percent believe their lifestyle choices are as green as they could be.

But 70 percent reckon they’ve made a positive change in the last 12 months, in terms of their impact on the environment.

Just over half (50 percent) believe the recent COP26 event, and other news around the environment, have heightened their awareness of the subject.

Despite this, 32 percent admitted to having an “I’ll do it tomorrow” attitude towards fighting climate change.

While seven in ten believe national governments and large corporations should shoulder the burden when it comes to truly driving a reverse in climate change.

It also emerged that 45 percent of those polled, via OnePoll, are “passionate” about being green – but aren’t entirely sure how to make sure they really are.

And 26 percent are actively looking to replace their car with an electric vehicle at the moment.

But while a quarter would do so to help reduce carbon emissions and look after the environment, just under one in ten said it’s simply because they’re so trendy.

Ashley Andrew added: “People are looking for ways to do their part to combat the climate issue, whether that’s reducing plastic or reusing materials.

“This is a practice we have also committed to with the IONIQ 5, where even our floor mats are made from recycled fishing nets.

“But it’s just one part of the battle, and we need everyone – from government to businesses and every individual – to do their bit.”

BRITS’ TOP 30 GREEN HABITS:

  1. Recycle as much as possible
  2. Use reusable carrier bags
  3. Use low energy light bulbs
  4. Walk rather than drive where possible
  5. Switch off plugs that aren’t in use
  6. Hang washing our rather than use a tumble dryer
  7. Turn off household technology when not in use
  8. Avoid using or buying plastic
  9. Avoid throwing items away into landfill
  10. Use renewable energy suppliers
  11. Reduce use of central heating by wearing jumpers instead
  12. Buy local products
  13. Have a compost bin
  14. Eat little or no meat
  15. Use public transport instead of driving
  16. Grow your own produce
  17. Drive an electric/hybrid vehicle rather than a petrol/diesel
  18. Try to buy second hand
  19. Try to plant trees
  20. Consciously buy products (food or otherwise) that have less packaging
  21. Have a water butt in the garden
  22. Don’t go on planes at all
  23. Take your own reusable cup when visiting coffee shops
  24. Buy sustainable fashion
  25. Use eco cleaning products
  26. Use a metal straw instead of disposable ones
  27. Try to buy from sustainable brands
  28. Check labels in shops to make sure what you buy is eco-friendly
  29. Count “food miles” of foods in supermarkets
  30. Have food shop delivered

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