Three-quarters of Brits plan to make changes to help the environment next year

Three-quarters of Brits (75%) are planning to make at least one lifestyle change over the next year to reduce their impact on the environment, according to personal finance comparison website

The research found the most common adjustments Brits are planning to take will involve reducing their waste in some way. This includes things like buying products with less packaging to using less water. The most popular task people currently do to help the environment is recycling plastic and glass, with 9 in 10 (90%) of the public claiming to do this.

The second most popular category was modifying transportation methods, with 45% of Brits saying they will reduce their carbon output by doing things like using their car less in favour of cycling, walking, taking public transport, carpooling or purchasing an electric or hybrid vehicle. However, only 1 in 10 (10%) currently own an environmentally-friendly vehicle, making it the least popular action taken at the moment.

Around 2 in 5 (42%) will improve their shopping habits to reduce their environmental impact over the next 12 months. In fact, over a quarter (27%) will buy more ethical and sustainable clothes, making this the most popular single change respondents plan to make.

The category of actions that will see the least change are opting for energy efficient appliances, with only 14% saying they will opt for more of these items over the next 12 months.

The generation that will make the least changes is the silent generation, with only 3 in 5 (59%) intending to make environmentally friendly alterations. On the other hand, 89% of gen Z plan to make lifestyle changes that will reduce their environmental impact.

After recycling glass and plastic, the second most common action Brits currently take to help the environment is not filling the kettle up fully when making a drink (81%). In third place, 4 in 5 Brits (80%) use energy efficient appliances and actively try to reduce their food waste.

To see the research in full here.

Send this to a friend