Families argue THREE times a week about green issues like leaving lights on, study reveals


Families argue THREE times a week about green issues like leaving lights on, not turning the TV off or putting rubbish in the wrong bin, study reveals

  • Research shows rows about how to make the home eco-friendly are common
  • Spats caused by leaving lights on, using wrong bin and taking too long showers
  • One-third of adults say they’ve been ‘green-shamed’ by their kids or partner
  • Study author said it was ‘encouraging’ to see debates being had about the planet

Families argue three times a week over ‘green’ issues – such as leaving the lights on, forgetting to switch the TV off and using the wrong bin.

A study of 2,000 adults, commissioned by the British International Education Association (BIEA), found that rows about putting too much water in the kettle and taking long showers are also common.

More than three in ten adults also say they have been ‘green-shamed’ by their children or partner and accused of not being eco-friendly enough.

Pre-rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher is a common bugbear (file image)

Pre-rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher is a common bugbear (file image)

Chen Sun, from the BIEA, said it was ‘encouraging’ to see open discussions about sustainability and saving the planet.

The research also found two fifths of adults argue with their partner about environmental issues, while 13 per cent will debate with their children.

And 15 per cent of those with kids admitted their youngsters are more passionate about the environment than their grandparents, friends, and work colleagues.

But 30 per cent felt guilty about how little they do to help the environment – with affordability being the biggest reason.

Almost one-third of adults feel guilty about how little they do to aid the environment: research

Almost one-third of adults feel guilty about how little they do to aid the environment: research

Lack of time, confusion over what actions to take and, struggling to give up common habits, also means many struggle to be eco-friendly.

As a result, a quarter of parents have been told off by their children for doing something which is bad for the environment, such as eating meat and dairy, travelling by plane to go abroad, and using soap in a plastic bottle.

However, 58 per cent are seeking advice to better their actions.

Chen Sun added: ‘Despite adults feeling guilty, it is great to see them trying to improve their everyday habits and take inspiration from those closest to them.’

Top 25 ‘Green’ spats

  1. Leaving the lights on when you leave the room
  2. Leaving the TV one when no one is watching
  3. Leaving the plug socket on when not in use
  4. Putting things in the wrong recycling bin
  5. Over-boiling or over-filling the kettle
  6. Taking longer showers
  7. Leaving devices on at night
  8. Leaving the fridge door open
  9. Leaving the tap running while brushing your teeth
  10. Buying clothes you never wear
  11. Washing clothes all the time
  12. Using plastic shopping bags instead of reusable ones
  13. Only half filling the washing machine or dishwasher before starting it
  14. Buying things that use more plastic – like multi-packs of crisps over a big sharing bag
  15. Buying lunch at work instead of making it at home
  16. Pre-rinsing dishes when using a dishwasher
  17. Keeping the heating on overnight
  18. Leaving the car engine running unnecessarily
  19. Using a car to travel everywhere
  20. Using dishwashers instead of handwashing
  21. Using single-use wipes instead of reusable washcloths
  22. Using bar soaps instead of liquid bottles
  23. Using paper towels instead of cloths
  24. Buying new toys for kids instead of second-hand
  25. Eating dairy

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