Nearly a third of couples admit to arguing – over their sustainability habits

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Having poor eco habits is now a major turn-off too, with almost a fifth (23 percent) admitting they’ve either broken up or considered breaking up with someone because they’re not sustainably conscious enough.

And 22 percent have been pulled up on their poor eco behaviour by their other half – with men more likely to be to blame (32 percent) than women (14 percent).

The research, commissioned by John Lewis for COP26, also looked at who takes charge of eco responsibilities at home.

It emerged that 69 percent of women turn off lights in rooms that no one is using, compared to 56 percent of men.

And while 59 percent of women clean out jars and plastic bottles before they go into the recycling, just 43 percent of men said the same.

Women are also more likely than men to recycle or donate old clothes, hang washing out instead of using the tumble drier, and cook with leftover food.

But while women are more likely to buy fast fashion items, men are most likely to put old clothing or shoes into the bin rather than trying to recycle it.

Despite this, men are more likely to put the bins out, monitor the smart meter and do the tip run to recycle old gadgets.

If people are having discussions at home about eco habits, then the future is bright

Marija Rompani, John Lewis Partnership’s Director of Ethics & Sustainability

Marija Rompani, Ethics & Sustainability Director at the John Lewis Partnership, said: “If people are having discussions at home about eco habits, then the future is bright.

“Debate drives action, and by expressing their own beliefs and listening to the views of others, more people in the UK are making positive lifestyle changes to benefit the environment.

“We have one planet and we all need to do everything in our power to protect it.

“And while the public have a means to do some of this themselves, it is the role of government, local councils and businesses such as ourselves to provide the public with the right tools and services that help empower them to take action.”

The study also found that 67 percent of those polled think they could do more to be green in their daily lives.

However, 86 percent struggle to know what can and can’t be recycled, with 38 percent finding it much easier to recycle food and drink packaging than clothes and homewares.

And 59 percent of those polled via OnePoll, feel guilt when they bin something which could be recycled.

But 44 percent claim they don’t feel educated enough on the impact they have on the environment.

It also emerged eight in ten adults were aware of some of the services that retailers offer to help them recycle old products, but 26 percent have never used them.

Incentive schemes could get more people recycling, however, with half (53 percent) claiming they would use these services more if given money off or discounts for their efforts.

Marija Rompani added: “While many find it easier to recycle food and drink packaging, there is a clear barrier to recycling other household goods like old furniture, cosmetics or clothing.

“We want to prevent waste wherever we can and this is why we are creating more services to help people take action – such as BeautyCycle, which rewards customers for bringing back old beauty empties to prevent them from going to landfill, or our electrical appliance and mattress recycling return schemes.

“It’s also why we’re committed to ensuring that all John Lewis product categories have a “buy back” or “take back” solution by 2025.”

PERCENTAGE WHO RECYCLE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS IN THE UK:

  • Cardboard – 68 percent
  • Glass jars – 67 percent
  • Plastic bottles – 66 percent
  • Aluminium tin cans – 59 percent
  • Yoghurt pots – 39 percent
  • Clothing – 32 percent
  • Plastic bags – 26 percent
  • Electrical appliances and gadgets – 14 percent
  • Plastic coat hangers – 11 percent
  • Coffee cups and capsules – 10 percent
  • Home furniture – nine percent
  • Beauty products – seven percent
  • Mattresses – seven percent

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