One in three UK households have become greener during lockdown

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A third of UK households have become greener since the lockdown came into effect.

Turning lights off, recycling more carefully, and showering instead of bathing has slashed families ' energy usage.

A study of 2,000 adults who live with someone else found more than three in 10 (31%) have only filled the kettle with as much water as they actually need.

Others have been turning electricals off at the socket, 27% and washing clothes at low temperatures, 22%.

The study, commissioned by Princes Fish, also found 27% have been eating everything on their plates in a bid to reduce food waste during recent months.

It also emerged that these efforts are not just benefiting the planet as 23% said their household is now closer due to working together to be greener.

Mat Lowery, commercial director at Princes, said: “As the research shows, families around the UK have come together to be more sustainable during the past six months.

"It’s great to see that families really care about the environment and make it a priority within their busy lives.

"We know that small steps can make a huge difference so everything that we do as a nation to be ‘greener’ can have a really positive impact.”

The study also revealed others have been more eco-friendly recently by batch cooking (28%), upcycling old household items (28%) and where possible, cycling or walking to places rather than driving (29%).

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Buying canned food and frozen food to cut down on food waste (27%) is another way households have improved, along with making sure taps aren't left running needlessly.

But it seems children are behind the move to a greener lifestyle as 58% of parents admitted their little ones have driven them to be more sustainable thanks to their passion for the planet.

However, parents tend to take the lead when it comes to ensuring lights are switched off and taps aren’t left running needlessly as well as telling family members to put a jumper on when they’re cold – as they tend to keep a keen eye on the heating.

Despite this, more than half of those polled through OnePoll admitted they never used to take sustainability seriously, although they have completely changed that outlook now.

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Mat Lowery added: “As a brand we also have a huge role to play and we are committed to supporting consumers to live more sustainably as well as our own long-term sustainability goals.

"That’s why we have launched our Sustainable September campaign and are committed to transitioning all of our tuna multipacks to widely recyclable cardboard sleeves over the next two years, with our ultimate goal for all of our packaging to be 100% recyclable reusable or compostable by 2025.”

Princes’ Instagram is currently running the "Sustainable September Challenge" – potential prizes for participants include a month’s worth of shopping and a wellbeing consultation with TV nutritionist Lily Soutter.

Top 20 ways households have become greener in 2020

  1. Sorting the recycling more carefully
  2. Turning unused lights off
  3. Making sure they put the recycling out every week
  4. Taking more care to rinse and clean recyclables
  5. Using up leftovers to cut down on food waste
  6. Only filling the kettle with as much water as needed
  7. Making sure taps aren't left running needlessly
  8. Cutting down on meat
  9. Cycling or walking to places rather than driving, where possible
  10. Upcycling household items
  11. Cooking in batches to cut down on food waste
  12. Monitoring the heating/making sure it's not on needlessly
  13. Eating everything on their plates
  14. Having a shower rather than a bath
  15. Turning electricals off at the socket
  16. Buying canned food and frozen food to cut down on food waste
  17. Washing clothes at low temperatures
  18. Eating more sustainably produced foods
  19. Home growing fruit and vegetables
  20. Using environmentally friendly cleaning products
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