A study has found that over half of UK businesses admit they have done nothing to try and become more sustainable.
The study was conducted by the team behind water-free hygienic technology experts www.Smartilimited.com, who polled more than 600 UK-based business owners to find out about attitudes towards the sustainability of their companies.
The results raise questions around whether ‘being green’ is something only bigger firms can afford to do; and whether many businesses are saying they are sustainable but actually aren’t.
Respondents were initially asked if their business had made any moves whatsoever to become more sustainable in the past five years, with just over half (52%) admitting that they had not.
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When these participants were asked why they had not made any moves to do so, ‘it’s too expensive’ (46%), ‘having more important things to worry about right now’ (41%) and not thinking their changes would make any difference (37%) topped the list.
A further one in eight business leaders (12%) said they do not think their employees would take any moves to make the company more sustainable seriously.
Martin Richards, Director of Smarti Environmental, comments: “It’s absolutely shocking to hear how many businesses still aren’t making a conscious effort to be more sustainable – every one of us needs to do our part to look after our planet. If every single business made more sustainable choices, we would certainly be in a different situation globally than we are in now. Waterless urinals are a great choice for businesses that want to make a change without breaking the bank – they actually save money whilst also saving water.”