Over one-third of Brits received presents they had no use for last Christmas, according to new polling published today by YouGov for charity 10:10 Climate Action.
The results revealed that 36% of the population received at least one present they threw away, resold, returned, gave away or kept unused. When asked what they did with unwanted presents, the largest proportion either gave them away to charity shops (27%) or kept them unused (27%).
The polling was commissioned as part of 10:10 Climate Action’s Swap Shopping campaign, which is encouraging the public to pledge to give some quality time - rather than gifts - to those they care about.
With issues such as climate change and plastic waste pollution increasingly visible to the public, the charity are hoping the campaign will help the public take time to consider the environmental cost of Christmas consumerism whilst also helping them to spend more time with friends and family.
Bea Xu, campaigner at 10:10 Climate Action, said:
An awful lot of us are getting presents we don’t want, so perhaps it’s time to do something a little different this Christmas? We could cut carbon, cut waste and gain some quality time with our nearest and dearest if we swapped one of those Christmas gift and gave those we care about some of our time this year.
To download the full polling table: http://files.1010global.org/documents/1010_polling_results_171211.xls
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Notes to editors:
● 10:10 is a UK based charity that brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change. We engage citizens and communities in finding solutions that benefit the climate and their own lives too.
● Swap Shopping is an intervention challenging the UK public to trade in traditional seasonal overspending on gifts for carefully considered time invested in a friend or family member.
● All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,680 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 10th - 11th December 2017. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).