This latest survey on greener, sustainable living is interesting. But with inflation rising rapidly and more price rises expected on petrol/diesel, income tax/NI, new city ULEZ charges and tolls, more expensive grocery items and utilities like gas/electricity supply, will the bitter reality of living in a post pandemic world where everything costs more, burst that virtuous bubble?
Over half of Brits (51%) are planning to improve their sustainability habits in 2022 and believe the recent COP26 event and other news around the environment, have heightened their awareness of sustainability. The study of 2,000 people commissioned by car manufacturer Hyundai reveals everyday sustainable habits Brits will prioritise this year, such as not flying and growing their own veg– while three in 10 place huge importance on reducing use of plastic.
The research also draws attention to heightened awareness of bigger eco-friendly commitments such as driving electric vehicles, as Brits look to cleaner modes of transport in 2022 and beyond.
Despite good intentions, 32% admit they still have a ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ attitude towards fighting climate change, whilst only 15% of the population believe their lifestyle choices are as green as they could be.
With a mission to drive meaningful change for our climate, Hyundai this week launches its Drive the Change tour, travelling the length and breadth of the UK in the Hyundai IONIQ 5 electric vehicle. Driven and hosted by climate campaigner and presenter Jamie Anley, the Drive the Change tour will meet and give voice to experts, activists, communities and businesses committed to sustainability. It will unpack sustainable habits and support Brits in making lifestyle choices that can make meaningful impact long term.
Ashley Andrew, Managing Director, Hyundai Motor UK, said: “This research gives increasing hope and shows that more of us are wanting to live sustainably and are prioritising greener new year resolutions for 2022. It also highlights the important role leading brands play in driving the change to support consumer choice.”
The poll also found that while a quarter of Brits would replace their car with an electric vehicle to help reduce carbon emissions and help the environment, one in 10 say it’s simply because they’re ‘trendy’.
BRITS’ TOP 30 INTENDED SUSTAINABILITY HABITS FOR 2022:
- Recycle as much as possible
- Use reusable carrier bags (Canvas, Jute etc.)
- Use low energy light bulbs
- Walk rather than drive, where possible
- Switch off plugs that aren’t in use
- Hang washing out rather than use a tumble dryer
- Turn off household technology when not in use
- Avoid using or buying plastic
- Avoid throwing items away into landfill
- Use a renewable energy supplier
- Reduce use of central heating by wearing jumpers
- Buy local products
- Have a compost bin
- Eat little or no meat
- Take public transport instead of driving
- Grow own produce
- Drive an electric/hybrid vehicle rather than a petrol/diesel
- Try to buy second-hand
- Try to plant trees
- Consciously buy products (food or otherwise) that have less packaging
- Have a water butt in the garden
- Don’t go on planes at all
- Take own reusable cup when visiting coffee shops
- Buy sustainable fashion
- Use eco cleaning products
- Use a metal straw instead of disposable ones
- Buy from sustainable brands
- Check labels in shops before purchasing anything, to make sure it’s eco friendly
- Count ‘food miles’ of foods in supermarkets
- Have food shops delivered
To find out more about Hyundai’s Drive the Change tour, visit blog.hyundai.co.uk