We also asked in what specific ways people felt they had lived in a way that was better or worse for the environment in lockdown. It’s clear that lower car usage is the most widely recognised contributor to a greener lifestyle, which may further increase the drive towards more sustainable travel solutions as we emerge into the new world. And of course the government are now actively supporting cycling as a healthier and greener alternative for shorter journeys.
Apart from lower car usage, people were also consuming more sparingly in many areas – wasting less food, buying less food and drink on the go in disposable packaging, and spending less on personal or non-essential items. However, there was a flip side to spending longer at home – higher energy and water consumption, and overall food consumption at home are most seen as contributors to a less sustainable lifestyle.