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Wales On Path To Eliminating Plastic

More than a third of Wales have stopped using plastic cups and straws to be more eco-friendly.

More than a third of Wales (35%) have stopped using plastic cups and straws to be more eco-friendly, a study shows.

•91% of Wales have made lifestyle changes for the planet
•71% of Wales are concerned about their carbon footprint
•South West come out on top in green map of Britain 

More than nine in ten (91%) people in Wales have made lifestyle changes for the planet. While more than three-quarters (78%) are concerned about their carbon footprint 86% consider the environment when they make any purchases or lifestyle choices.

More than half (56%) of those surveyed in Wales said they were motivated equally to make lifestyle changes that saved them money or the planet. In a green map of Britain the independent research commissioned by Lightfoot showed that the South West, London and East Anglia have made the most lifestyle changes to benefit the environment, whereas residents in the North East have made the least. Wales ranked as the tenth region making the most lifestyle changes for the sake of the environment.


Regions making the most lifestyle changes for the environment – illustrated above 
 
1.South West
 
2.London
 
3.East Anglia 
 
4.East Midlands
 
5.South East 
 
6.West Midlands 
 
7.Yorkshire
 
8.North West 
 
9.Scotland 
 
10.Wales
 
11.North East 
 

The most commonly adopted green practices were recycling (86%) and eliminating plastic (35%). A quarter of people in Wales are also making a conscious effort to cut down on their meat consumption for environmental reasons, and 23% have started using a reusable coffee cup.

Our driving behaviours play less on our minds, as although 22% of those surveyed in the region said they try to drive less for the sake of the environment, only 27% make an effort to drive better and more smoothly.

Mark Roberts, CEO and Founder of Lightfoot says: “Wales is aware of the need for urgent action on climate change but there still seems to be little awareness around driving behaviours. Such a huge proportion of the region are concerned about their carbon footprint but only 27% make an effort to drive better. This is a fundamental error, as a good driver is up at least 20% more efficient than a bad driver. In the short term, not driving is not an option for everyone. We need to extend our green thinking to our driving style and make a real impact in reducing our emissions through better driving.”

Lightfoot is a ‘Fitbit for cars’. The in-vehicle device helps drivers find their engine ‘sweet spot’ thanks to configurable, real-time feedback.  The connected car technology is not only rewarding users but reducing emissions and accidents for businesses and private motorists. As verified by the University of Bath, Lightfoot reduces fuel use by 20% and CO2, NOx, and other harmful emissions at the same rate, while insurers and brokers report it reducing accident rates by up to 80%.  

To find out more visit www.lightfoot.co.uk
 

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