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One-third of Brits revealed to be making green lifestyle changes in lockdown

Finding that lockdown is giving you more time to complete the life admin tasks you had previously put off? You’re not alone. 

New research has found that over 80% of Brits are using lockdown to complete long overdue life admin tasks, and almost half (44%) have found that completing these tasks has made a positive difference to their life during this challenging time.

The new survey of 2,000 adults*, commissioned by Triodos Bank UK, shows that many of us are using the extra time at home to carry out the household tasks we had once put off. Not only are people making positive changes for themselves, but also for the environment, as a third (33%) of Brits have focused on making green lifestyle changes during lockdown. 

Spring cleaning (41%) and gardening (40%) topped people’s lockdown life admin list with environmental lifestyle changes following not far behind – reducing food waste (32%), reducing plastic waste (27%), walking or cycling (24%) and no longer buying fast fashion (19%).

However, simple lifestyle changes which have the biggest positive impact languished at the bottom of people’s lockdown lists – such as changing to a 100% renewable energy provider (6%) and switching to an ethical bank (3%).

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A new Earth Day Switch campaign, backed by Extinction Rebellion, 350.org and Ethical Consumer, has been launched today to urge consumers to move their money and energy away from fossil fuels.

According to NGO BankTrack, the top five UK banks have poured more than £150 billion into financing fossil fuels since the Paris Agreement was adopted in 2016, including £45bn for the expansion of fossil fuels, of which £13bn was invested in fracking.**

Triodos Bank UK CEO Bevis Watts says: 

‘By moving your money and investments you really can make a difference in the world. Switching banks is one of the most powerful environmental changes you can make as an individual. You can have impact by aligning your money with your values and can choose to prevent your money from financing arms, pesticides, plastic packaging or fossil fuels.

While many of us are currently at home, now might be the time that we tackle those admin tasks such as switching bank or changing energy provider. We have a unique opportunity to build a more sustainable society in the wake of this pandemic – one that puts people and planet first.’

Bevis Watts, CEO Triodos Bank UK
Bevis Watts, CEO Triodos Bank UK

Dr Alexandra Jellicoe, public and environmental health scientist, added: 

‘The fossil fuels industry is by far the most damaging to our global climate. Reducing our dependence on these polluting fuels is arguably the single most urgent challenge we face if we are to avoid a really unmanageable climate crisis in the next few decades.

We all need to make sure our money isn’t supporting an industry that is harming our planet. Switching your bank or savings provider is an effective way to make a difference and reduce the flow of money towards oil, gas and coal projects.’

Dr Alexandra Jellicoe

Triodos Bank, which has been operating in the UK for 25 years, only invests in projects creating positive social and environmental outcomes. Its UK current account launched in 2017 and customers can instantly see details of all the ethical and sustainable businesses and projects Triodos finances across the UK via its ‘Know where your money goes’ platform.

Triodos Bank is one of over 40 banks and building societies that is part of the Current Account Switch Service, which makes switching current account simple, reliable and stress-free. It’s easy to make a switch safely from home, by opening an account online. 

* The survey of 2,002 British adults was conducted by Censuswide between 17-19 April 2020 and balanced by age, region and gender.

** Data taken from BankTrack report ‘Banking on Climate Change’ referring to leading UK banks (Barclays, HSBC, RBS, Standard Chartered, Santander) financing for fossil fuels between 2016-18 converted to GBP, using the US:GBP exchange rate as of 12.09.19 (0.813496).

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