Three-quarters of adults get ‘green glow’ from environmental action, poll claims

Survey also finds women are more likely to feel responsibility to address climate change

Rob Knight
Monday 30 November 2020 16:09
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Three quarters of adults get a “green glow” from doing something positive for the environment, a new poll claims.

A feeling of joy comes from sorting recycling into the correct boxes, batch cooking to minimise food waste, and buying second-hand clothes. Other satisfying tasks include buying eco-friendly tech, cycling or walking instead of driving, and upcycling, the survey suggests.

However, the two-part poll of 5,000 adults by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) found more women (60 per cent) than men (51 per cent) feel a responsibility to address climate change. Men believe they have a better understanding of eco-friendly tech like energy usage monitors (33 per cent of men to 23 per cent of women).

Olivia Carpenter-Lomax, from the IET’s, said: “Green technology has huge potential to make a real difference in our lives and to the planet.

“From electric vehicles to green tariffs to home insulation, adopting existing tech can have a significant positive impact on the wider world around us.”

People also told pollsters they drew happiness from growing their own fruit and vegetables and showering instead of having a bath. Small things like only filling the kettle with as much water as needed also left respondents with a sense of having done their bit.

It also emerged more women recycle plastic than men (86 per cent compared to 79 per cent), while they were also more likely to use reusable water bottles (59 per cent compared to 47 per cent).

Women are also more willing to avoid products with unnecessary packaging (52 per cent compared to 46 per cent).

But despite the differences, 82 per cent of adults polled by OnePoll for the IET believe every single person has a role to play in helping the environment. And 87 per cent are clear there is still more they could do to be more eco-friendly – including turning electricals off at the socket when not in use (37 per cent) and wasting less water (34 per cent).

Other ways people think they can be greener include monitoring energy use more closely (31 per cent), using eco-friendly alternative methods of transport more often (17 per cent) and only using energy-saving light bulbs (24 per cent).

The biggest hindrances to being greener include the cost of some eco-friendly products (38 per cent), confusion over what is or is not good for the environment (26 per cent) and lack of time (25 per cent). 

SWNS

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