Plastic usage top concern for 8 out of 10 Brits, finds poll

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15th April 2019 11:38 - Chemicals

Plastic usage top concern for 8 out of 10 Brits: A survey of people in the UK has found when it comes to the things most Brits are concerned about, plastic usage, general waste and air pollution are on top.

The poll of 2,000 for online green investment platform Abundance Investment found that green issues are at the fore when it comes to the nation’s worries – being placed even higher than the ongoing Brexit situation.

Eight in ten respondents polled said they were ‘extremely’ or ‘somewhat’ concerned that they need to reduce the amount of plastic they use, while just over three quarters said they were concerned by the amount of waste generated in the UK. Almost three quarters (74.5%) said they are worried about chronic air pollution.

These top three concerns reveal a growing environmental consciousness of poeple living in the UK – with the fourth concern, Brexit (73.5%) and climate change in fifth position (72.5%).

When it comes to taking action when feeling strongly about an issue, the survey found reducing plastic was the issue people became inspired to act on the most. A fifth of respondents polled said they had been motivated to take some from of social or political action (such as signing a survey), while just 13.5% had done the same following concerns over Brexit.

The poll also asked questions around renewable energy to gauge levels of support in this area. It found 80% of respondents were in support of renewable energy technology, the greatest support being for solar energy with 79% in favour. Other supported clean energy sources were energy from waste (76%), offshore wind (73%), wave and tidal (73%), onshore wind (67%) and biomass (55%).

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