Sustainable lifestyle choices Britons favor – from growing their own vegetables to recycling


More than half of Britons say recycling is the most important ‘green’ habit – but almost seven in ten admit they don’t know which stocks count as ‘green’

More than half of Britons say recycling is the most important green habit to have

Sustainable lifestyle choices Britons choose to prioritize include growing their own vegetables, driving an electric vehicle, and stopping use of the dryer.

Using energy-saving light bulbs and turning off household appliances were also on the list of the top 10 actions to help the environment.

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

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

One-third (32%) of 2,000 adults surveyed place more importance on stopping outlets that are not in use than buying from sustainable brands.

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

Almost half say they are ‘passionate’ about being green – but admit they don’t know how to be green



Ashley Andrew, Executive Director of Hyundai Motor France, who commissioned the research, said: “This research is giving more and more hope and shows that more of us want to live sustainably and prioritize greener New Year’s resolutions for 2022.

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

The study found that seven in ten adults admit to feeling confused about what actions are considered “green” and what are not.

And only 15% think their lifestyle choices are as green as they could be.

But 70 percent believe they have made a positive change in the past 12 months, in terms of environmental impact.

Just over half (50%) believe the recent COP26 event and other environmental news has increased their awareness of the topic.

Despite this, 32% admitted to having an “I will do it tomorrow” attitude to the fight against climate change.

While seven in ten believe national governments and big business should shoulder the burden when it comes to truly reversing climate change.

Seven in ten don’t know which stocks are considered “green”



It also emerged that 45% of those surveyed, via OnePoll, are ‘passionate’ about being green – but aren’t quite sure how to make sure they really are.

And 26% are actively looking to replace their car with an electric vehicle right now.

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

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

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

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


  1. Recycle as much as possible
  2. Use reusable carrier bags
  3. Use low consumption light bulbs
  4. Walk rather than drive if possible
  5. Switch off outlets that are not in use
  6. Hang the laundry rather than using a tumble dryer
  7. Turn off home technology when not in use
  8. Avoid using or buying plastic
  9. Avoid throwing objects in the landfill
  10. Use renewable energy suppliers
  11. Reduce the use of central heating by wearing sweaters instead
  12. Buy local produce
  13. Have a composter
  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 gasoline / diesel
  18. Try to buy used
  19. Try to plant trees
  20. Consciously buying products (food or otherwise) that have less packaging
  21. Have a water butt in the garden
  22. Don’t fly at all
  23. Take your own reusable mug when visiting cafes
  24. Shop for sustainable fashion
  25. Use green cleaning products
  26. Use a metal straw instead of disposable straws
  27. Try to buy sustainable brands
  28. Check labels in stores to make sure what you are buying is environmentally friendly
  29. Count the “food miles” of food in supermarkets
  30. Have a food store delivered

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