South Africans can be so much greener‚ survey finds


South Africans can be so much greener‚ survey finds

Farren Collins | 2017-06-01 13:53:05.0

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South Africans are still not eco-conscious enough and are not aware of how to live eco-friendlier lives through small daily changes.

According to a survey by Cape Town design studio Love Milo‚ only 30% of South Africans recycle while more than half admitted to only “sometimes” being conscious of their eco-efforts.

The release of the survey coincided with the start of World Environment Month on Thursday.

More than half of the 100 people who took part admitted they only sometimes considered the eco-status of an item before purchasing‚ and 83% said only some of the appliances in their homes were energy efficient.

According to international non-profit organisation Global Footprint Network‚ the global population is three times the sustainable level‚ leaving the planet in a state of “ecological overshoot”. This means it takes the Earth 18 months to regenerate what we use in a year.

More than 80% of the world’s population lived in countries with ecological deficits.

“Most of the feedback received from the survey participants was that they were forced to think about their eco-efforts‚ which sadly they felt were not up to scratch.” said Love Milo designer Nicki Ellis.

“Although‚ it’s great to read about amazing eco-initiatives that are being introduced‚ or how a new product is 100% eco-friendly‚ each of us as individuals needs to make changes in how we preserve the environment.”

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