Over half of Brits want to make eco-friendly changes - but can't afford to do so
Author: Sarah Lumley
Over half of Brits would like to make more environmentally friendly lifestyle changes – but two in five can't afford it, as they don't have enough disposable income. Buying an electric vehicle (28%) and more locally-produced food (26%) would be among the top steps eco-conscious Brits would take if money were no object. Nearly half of Brits (49%) claim they have less disposable income than they did a year ago – with four in ten saying this is holding them back from making sustainable lifestyle changes, research has found. Installing solar panels (33%) and buying an electric vehicle (28%) topped the list of what Brits would do if they had enough money to spare. And other environmentally friendly changes they dream of making include installing smart technology in their homes, donating to charities, and buying from a sustainable clothing brand. “Studies over the last three years show a consistent willingness for British people to be more sustainable – but they feel they are constantly being pushed in the opposite direction, due to a reducing disposable income and a perceived lack of more sustainable options.” To aid change, many would like the emphasis on being green to be taken off their shoulders – with 35% wanting to see less packaging on products in shops, and 32% welcoming better recycling facilities. Cheaper or more public transport would be a positive introduction for 30% of those polled, via OnePoll – while 28% would like solar panels to be put on buildings, and 27% want to see a ban on single-use plastics. More sustainable restaurants, schools, and workplaces are considered a must by many, as are the implementation of wind farms and green spaces.