Survey finds 35 per cent of people lie about how much they recycle

Fed up with friends boasting about their green credentials? Take heart, they could well be talking rubbish – nearly nine out of ten people say they recycle but only half actually do.

A survey found that 87 per cent of people claimed to have recycled in the previous seven days but only 52 per cent really had done.

Sixty per cent of those polled claimed to have travelled by bike instead of by car or public transport in the previous week when those who actually had done was just 35 per cent.

A survey found that 87 per cent of people claimed to have recycled in the previous seven days but only 52 per cent really had done

A survey found that 87 per cent of people claimed to have recycled in the previous seven days but only 52 per cent really had done

A survey found that 87 per cent of people claimed to have recycled in the previous seven days but only 52 per cent really had done

Sixty per cent of those polled claimed to have travelled by bike instead of by car or public transport in the previous week when those who actually had done was just 35 per cent

Sixty per cent of those polled claimed to have travelled by bike instead of by car or public transport in the previous week when those who actually had done was just 35 per cent

Sixty per cent of those polled claimed to have travelled by bike instead of by car or public transport in the previous week when those who actually had done was just 35 per cent

And while 37 per cent of people claimed to have bought organic food produce within the past month, only 23 per cent had really done so.

Henry Stott, spokesman for research firm Decision Technology, which surveyed 2,497 UK adults, said: ‘When it comes to ethical behaviour, our research suggests consumers are often more Pinocchio than Attenborough.

‘This can be explained by social boasting, where people exaggerate their behaviours so as to conform to social expectations. As social creatures, we care about what other people think of us.’

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