Women leading way when it comes to cutting down on plastics, according to poll

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20th June 2019 15:31 - Chemicals

Women leading way when it comes to cutting down on plastics: A recent poll has found that when it comes to reducing our plastic consumption and cutting back on unnecessary packaging, women are leading the way with 90% of those polled saying their desire to use plastics less is higher than ever before.

The poll by phone-recycling company, Gazelle, found that overall, 83% of Brits are consciously upping their game when it comes to tackling the amount of plastic they use day-to-day.

Asking respondents about other items they throw away, the survey revealed 57% still dispose of electronics such as mobile phones, which destined for landfill sites risk leaking harmful chemicals into the earth running the risk of contaminating soil and waterways.

Questioning them about their attitudes when it comes to the environment, two-thirds (67%) said that when they are shopping, they take into consideration environmental factors before deciding on whether to buy an item. This is instead of making a decision solely based on the cost of the product as they may once have done.

The poll also found that 87% are wanting to reduce their individual carbon footprint but are confused about the items that can and can't be recycled.

Yanyan Ji, SVP for Marketing at Gazelle, said: “It’s been estimated that only 15 to 20 per cent of all e-waste is recycled, and the rest ends up in landfill.”

“Our latest research suggests that cause of that isn’t consumers being unwilling to change their behaviour, rather, they don’t always know what to do.”

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