How many poles separate chargers from the contact after charging? What environmental habits do they apply in their homes? What are the Poles guided by during their daily shopping? These and other questions are answered in the report “Climate Report Created by People – Poles’ Environmental Behavior”As part of the media and educational campaign “No Words” implemented by the Ministry of Climate and Environment.
The survey asked Poles about their daily habits and pro-environmental attitudes. The questions concerned, inter alia, the use of LED lights, the use of environmental cosmetics and household chemicals, and shopping drivers, with a particular focus on environmental values, as well as a zero-waste approach.
– The report makes clear that our campaign is badly needed. Although many of the results are optimistic, we still have to educate Poles about climate change and remind them that every gesture, even a small one, counts. – Explains Anna Mosqua, Minister of Climate and Environment.
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The survey showed that 81% of people rate their environmental situation as good or fairly good. A large percentage of Poles try to introduce environmental habits into their daily lives, but this often applies to areas where finances do not play a role or environmental behavior is beneficial to the family budget. Example? Study authors asked participants if they unplugged chargers from the socket after charging was complete. 61% said they do it for economic reasons because it saves electricity, and 42% for environmental reasons. The question gave the possibility of a multiple-choice answer and it is clear that some people have selected both options. In addition, nearly a quarter of respondents indicated that they pull plugs for fear of short circuiting. 17% of Poles admit that they do not pay attention to this and do not unplug unused chargers from the socket.
The results regarding the use of LED bulbs are slightly better – here 95% of Poles use this type of lighting. Young people (18-24 years old) less than people aged
From 35 to 54 years old they declare that all the lighting in their homes is equipped with LED lamps. People of this age are more likely to live in rented apartments or with their parents than are older adults, and have less influence on how lighting is provided in the buildings in which they live.
Saving electricity and preventing food waste costs nothing, and choosing organic foods, cleaning products, and cosmetics can come at a higher price.
The motives for purchasing food products Poles focus on aspects of economy (promotion, low price) and safety / health (product composition, shelf life), environmental issues are less important here. However, a large percentage of people declare that they implement rules to prevent food waste in their kitchens. Among the most common answers:
- I process and adjust uneaten dishes so I can eat the next day (61% representative group, 63% – parents of children aged 0-14)
- I freeze or keep unused food (55% and 66%, respectively)
- I share my excess food, for example with neighbors, friends or in restaurants (17% and 20% respectively)
Parents of children aged 0-14 years are guided by the same aspects when choosing food products as people from a representative sample (economics, safety and health). Parents freeze or preserve food more often than the rest of the Poles, which may result from the need for more thoughtful preparation of nutritious dishes for children.
When choosing cleaning products and cosmetics, Poles pay less attention to environmental aspects than in the case of grocery shopping – the characteristics of other products are more important to them. In the case of cleaning products, more than 61% admitted that the priority is effectiveness, the second place is efficiency (58%), and then the economic aspects – low price (43%). Just over a quarter of Poles (26%) indicated that they use environmental products and natural cleaning agents.
In-depth analyzes also show that women are more sensitive to the environment when choosing cosmetics than men.
The study may raise optimism that awareness of pro-environmental attitudes is increasing, but more education and promotion of activities that protect the environment are needed. That is why the information and educational campaign “Our Climate” is being conducted, the main aim of which is to increase the environmental awareness of the community about individual actions that can be taken to protect the climate.
More information at: www.naszklimat.gov.pl, where you can learn how to change your life to a more environmentally friendly one.
 Quantitative research was performed using the CAWI technique on a representative group of Poles and the group of parents of children aged 0-14. The study was conducted by research and development company Zymetria in March 2022.
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