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’
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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.
Ashley Andrew, Executive Director of Hyundai Motor France, who commissioned the research, said: âThis 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.
âIt 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 âI will do it tomorrowâ 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.
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: âPeople are looking for ways to do their part to tackle the climate problem, whether it’s reducing plastic or reusing materials.
âThis 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.”
TOP 30 GREEN HABITS OF THE BRITISH:
- Recycle as much as possible
- Use reusable carrier bags
- Use low consumption light bulbs
- Walk rather than drive if possible
- Switch off outlets that are not in use
- Hang the laundry rather than using a tumble dryer
- Turn off home technology when not in use
- Avoid using or buying plastic
- Avoid throwing objects in the landfill
- Use renewable energy suppliers
- Reduce the use of central heating by wearing sweaters instead
- Buy local produce
- Have a composter
- Eat little or no meat
- Use public transport instead of driving
- Grow your own produce
- Drive an electric / hybrid vehicle rather than a gasoline / diesel
- Try to buy used
- Try to plant trees
- Consciously buying products (food or otherwise) that have less packaging
- Have a water butt in the garden
- Don’t fly at all
- Take your own reusable mug when visiting cafes
- Shop for sustainable fashion
- Use green cleaning products
- Use a metal straw instead of disposable straws
- Try to buy sustainable brands
- Check labels in stores to make sure what you are buying is environmentally friendly
- Count the “food miles” of food in supermarkets
- Have a food store delivered