The survey was commissioned by the Centre for Industrial Materials, Energy and Products (CIE-MAP), a collaboration of universities including Leeds, Cardiff, Bath and Nottingham Trent, dedicated to the reduction of industrial energy use. The findings of the survey were then published with assistance from the Green Alliance.
Key findings from the survey concluded that 80% of those surveyed believed there needed to be a serious shift in our society’s attitude towards recycling and using our resources in a more efficient way. In addition, 75% though that the government should take greater responsibility for making sure that businesses produce recyclable packaging and goods, whilst a whopping 89% wanted to see all packaging become recyclable.
Professor Nick Pigeon, team leader for the research, said: “It was overwhelmingly clear that people aren’t satisfied and want to see change. They really care about this. They want higher quality products and less waste. Improving resource efficiency is an easy win for both the public and the environment.”
Further research also concluded that most of the policies supported by the public were those that led to better package designs and longer lasting products, which in turn would lead to a reduction in carbon emissions associated with common household products by between 20-40%.
In line with the findings of the survey, CIEMAP has made several recommendations for how our economy should move towards a greener future:
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