Green Intentions: Top sustainable habits for 2022 revealed

- Over half of Brits are planning to improve their sustainability habits in 2022 and believe the recent COP26 event and other news around the environment, have heightened their sustainability awareness.

The study of 2,000 people commissioned by car manufacturer Hyundai reveals everyday sustainable habits Brits will prioritise this year, such as not flying and growing their own veg – while three in 10 place huge importance on reducing use of plastic.

The research also draws attention to heightened awareness of bigger eco-friendly commitments such as driving electric vehicles, as Brits look to cleaner modes of transport in 2022 and beyond.

Despite good intentions, 32% admit they still have a ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ attitude towards fighting climate change, whilst only 15% of the population believe their lifestyle choices are as green as they could be.

With a mission to drive meaningful change for our climate, Hyundai this week launches its Drive the Change tour, travelling the length and breadth of the UK in the Hyundai IONIQ 5 electric vehicle.  Driven and hosted by climate campaigner and presenter Jamie Anley, the Drive the Change tour will meet and give voice to experts, activists, communities and businesses committed to sustainability. It will unpack sustainable habits and support Brits in making lifestyle choices that can make meaningful impact long term.

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This research gives increasing hope and shows that more of us are wanting to live sustainably and are prioritising greener new year resolutions for 2022. It also highlights the important role leading brands play in driving the change to support consumer choice.

Ashley AndrewManaging Director, Hyundai Motor UK

The poll also found that while a quarter of Brits would replace their car with an electric vehicle to help reduce carbon emissions and help the environment, one in 10 say it’s simply because they’re ‘trendy’.

People are looking for ways to do their part to combat the climate issue, whether that’s reducing plastic or reusing materials. This is a practice we have also committed to with the IONIQ 5, where even our floor mats are made from recycled fishing nets But it’s just one part of the battle, and we need everyone – from government to businesses and every individual – to do their bit. At Hyundai we are committed to decarbonising road transport as a leading mobility solutions provider.

Ashley AndrewManaging Director, Hyundai Motor UK

Brit's Top 30 intended sustainibility habits for 2022:

1. Recycle as much as possible
2. Use reusable carrier bags (Canvas, Jute etc.)
3. Use low energy light bulbs
4. Walk rather than drive, where possible
5. Switch off plugs that aren’t in use
6. Hang washing out rather than use a tumble dryer
7. Turn off household technology when not in use
8. Avoid using or buying plastic
9. Avoid throwing items away into landfill
10. Use a renewable energy supplier
11. Reduce use of central heating by wearing jumpers
12. Buy local products
13. Have a compost bin
14. Eat little or no meat
15. Take public transport instead of driving
16. Grow own produce
17. Drive an electric/hybrid vehicle rather than a petrol/diesel
18. Try to buy second-hand
19. Try to plant trees
20. Consciously buy products (food or otherwise) that have less packaging
21. Have a water butt in the garden
22. Don’t go on planes at all
23. Take own reusable cup when visiting coffee shops
24. Buy sustainable fashion
25. Use eco cleaning products
26. Use a metal straw instead of disposable ones
27. Buy from sustainable brands
28. Check labels in shops before purchasing anything, to make sure it’s eco friendly
29. Count ‘food miles’ of foods in supermarkets
30. Have food shops deliver

You can download the full infographic supporting our findings here: Infographic (PDF)

To find out more about Hyundai’s Drive the Change tour, visit blog.hyundai.co.uk