Most people claim being ‘green’ is now the socially acceptable norm rather being an alternative lifestyle…apparently.
A government survey into public attitudes and behaviours has also found that guilt about harming the environment is the main motivation for being environmentally friendly.
The 2007 Survey of Public Attitudes and Behaviour toward the Environment is the sixth in a series of surveys that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have conducted since 1986.
Of the 3,600 people in England surveyed, when asked about waste 87% said they give away things they no longer want to charity shops or friends and family, and 78% said they sometimes reuse empty bottles, jars, envelopes and paper.
Many respondents agreed they do try to influence others to be more environmentally friendly, with a third saying they talk to friends and family about things they can do to change their behaviour.
Environment Minister, Joan Ruddock said:
“The most encouraging finding in this survey is the majority of people believing that its up to individuals to accept responsibility by making lifestyle changes. This is vitally important as 40% of climate change emissions come from our actions as individuals.”