Almost three quarters of Romanians (74%) reuse the shopping bags, 64% participate to recycling in one way or another, and 42% replace their cars or the public transportation with cycling or walking whenever they can, according to a study by iSense Solutions.
Moreover, most Romanians buy only the amount of food they need (72%), or donate the clothes, shoes, and electronics they no longer need (69%).
Among those who participate to recycling in one way or another, 97% do so at home and 60% at work. Among the materials the Romanians recycle the most, there are plastic (91%), paper (85%), batteries (82%), glass (74%), light bulbs (64%), aluminum (61%), oil (28%), composting household waste (28%), and drugs (14%).
Based on age, less than 40% of young people (under 35 years) plan to buy products from companies that are involved in protecting the environment (39% vs. 44% overall), and only 54% of them are recycling (vs. 64% of the total population). Moreover, 70% of young people plan to recycle in the coming year, compared to an overall average of 75%.
Almost all respondents (96%) believe that every person should be responsible for protecting the environment, the study also shows. However, 68% think that the state institutions should have this responsibility, and 56% believe that the private sector should be responsible for protecting the environment. Only 46% said this was the responsibility of NGOs or representative associations.
The study was carried out online on over 1,000 urban Romanians.
Irina Popescu, [email protected]