RESEARCH | Staff Reporter, UK

Brits who stop buying single-use plastic to-go products could save almost £2,400 every year: study

New research from BRITA UK discovered that Brits’ takeaway habits cost the UK population £65 billion a year.

Brits who spend on single-use plastic on-the-go food and drink products every year could save up to £2397.80 annually if they switched to reusable alternatives.

The survey, conducted by BRITA UK, found that 87% of 2,000 respondents would consider swapping their single-use products for reusable alternatives if it would save them money, whilst 53% admit they are not actually likely to change their single-use plastic habits due to environmental factors.

Saving money, the company says, is a "key motivator for the public to switch to more environmentally conscious behaviour."

Brits' takeaway habits reportedly cost the UK population £65 billion, including £25 billion on at-home takeaways, £17 billion on takeaway lunches and £13 billion on takeaway breakfasts.

“Despite the increased media attention and pressure, people are still using far too many single-use plastic products. If the environment is not a motivator, maybe the potential savings will prompt Brits to change their habits," Sarah Taylor, Managing Director of BRITA UK, said.

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