The average family has three arguments a week about being “green,” a new study shows

The main causes of disagreement at home are leaving the lights on in an empty room and leaving the TV on when no one is looking

Throwing rubbish in the wrong bin is one of the biggest frustrations among families
Throwing rubbish in the wrong bin is one of the biggest frustrations among families

The average family has three arguments a week about being eco-friendly — including leaving the lights on, forgetting to turn off the TV, and throwing trash in the wrong bin.

A study of 2,000 adults who live with a partner or children found arguments about putting too much water in the kettle and taking too long a shower are also common.

Families often argue about leaving appliances on all night, leaving the refrigerator door open, and only half filling the dishwasher or washing machine before turning it on.

But more than three in 10 adults admitted they were “green-shamed” by their children or partner, leading to disagreements about not being eco-friendly enough.

Chen Sun from the British International Education Association, which commissioned the study his competition He urged children to submit their ideas to save the planet, saying: “We all have our priorities – but for some, being green isn’t one of them.

“While the pressures of everyday life might discourage some adults from being greener, it’s heartening to see kids speaking out louder for the environment and having open discussions with their parents about being sustainable and making sure everyone contributes to saving the planet.” planet contributes.”

The most common cause of disagreement is the burning of lights in an empty room


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The study also found that two-fifths of adults argue with their partner about environmental issues, while 13% debate with their children.

And 15% of those with children admitted their children are more passionate about the environment than their grandparents, friends and work colleagues.

But almost a third (30%) felt guilty about doing so little for the environment – with affordability being the main reason.

Lack of time, confusion about what actions to take, and struggling to break common habits are among the reasons why many struggle to be eco-friendly.

And one in 10 found it harder to do things that help the planet over the past 12 months.

As a result, a quarter of parents have been accused by their children of doing something bad for the environment – like eating meat and dairy, traveling abroad by plane and using soap in a plastic bottle.

However, 58% seek advice to improve their actions, with almost half (48%) relying on websites and blogs on the internet for further education.

According to OnePoll data, television documentaries, scientific reports, and social media are also reliable sources for adults to learn how to become more sustainable.

Almost a third of parents have been “green-shamed” by their children.


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But a third of adults admit their partner or children have inspired them to be greener, and 46% have stepped up their efforts as a result.

And 15% said their children’s awareness of protecting the planet grew after school.

Chen Sun added, “Although adults feel guilty, it’s great to see them try to improve their daily habits and take inspiration from those closest to them.

“That’s why we encourage young people between the ages of six and 18 to develop ideas to make cities and communities more inclusive, safer, more resilient and more sustainable.

“Our winning student teams will have the opportunity to visit Chongqing, China to pitch their ideas to the city’s decision makers.

“Chongqing was once known as the ‘Fog City’ because of its severe air pollution.

“Now it has made protecting the environment a priority to help improve the conditions of the 32 million people who live there.”

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  1. Leave the light on when you leave the room
  2. Leave the TV on when no one is watching
  3. Leave the outlet switched on when not in use
  4. Throwing things in the wrong wastebasket
  5. Over-boiling or over-filling the kettle
  6. shower longer
  7. Leave devices on at night
  8. Leave the refrigerator door open
  9. Leave the tap running while brushing your teeth
  10. Buy clothes you never wear
  11. Constantly doing laundry
  12. Use plastic bags instead of reusable bags
  13. Only half fill the washing machine or dishwasher before starting it
  14. Buy things that use more plastic — like multipacks of chips instead of one big bag to share
  15. Buy lunch at work instead of making it at home
  16. Prewash dishes when using a dishwasher
  17. Leave the heater on overnight
  18. Running the car engine unnecessarily
  19. Go everywhere by car
  20. Use dishwasher instead of hand washing
  21. Using disposable towels instead of reusable washcloths
  22. Using bar soaps instead of liquid bottles
  23. Using paper towels instead of cloths
  24. Buy new toys for children instead of used ones
  25. eat dairy products

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