Today’s teenagers believe they have the power to help tackle climate change – with many already following a plant-based diet, vowing to buy an electric vehicle and championing sustainability in their household

A survey of 2,000 13- to 19-year-olds revealed 41 per cent believe they are already leading a sustainable lifestyle.

Recycling, avoiding water and food waste and using reusable carrier bags are the top things youngsters are doing to be more eco-friendly.

A quarter of teens are already encouraging friends to recycle and 44 per cent acknowledge they’ve been inspired to become more environmentally sustainable because someone they knew was doing so.

More than a third learn about what is happening to the planet from family whereas 31 per cent get their information from online news and social media.

Nearly half agree everyone has to come together to help limit the impacts of climate change and 76 per cent agree young people have the power to help tackle the issue.

And more than a third believe their peers are open to making behaviour changes that could help protect the environment.

Lucille Moreau at evian, which commissioned the survey, said: “We are excited to see in our research that the youth share our values in making simple changes to reduce their carbon footprint and lead sustainable lifestyles – however, we recognise there is more work to be done.

“This is why we are striving to become a circular brand by 2025 as part of our journey; we know we have more to do, and together, we all have a role to play in reducing our environmental impact.”

The study, conducted via OnePoll, also found 34 per cent said ‘sustainability’ and ‘helping to reduce our impact on the planet’ are common topics of conversation among their friendship groups.

Shopping habits are also carefully thought out by this age group as a third favour sustainably designed products over non-sustainable versions.

And the average teen is prepared to spend 30 per cent more for an eco-friendly version of something.

Leaving the lights on for longer than needed (38 per cent), forgetting to switch the TV off when no one’s watching it (34 per cent) and wasting food (33 per cent) are the most common environmental issues argued about at home.

It also emerged 44 per cent have previously told a parent off for doing something that wasn’t sustainable, showing a keenness to engage others in making small changes to reduce their environmental impact.

Lucille Moreau added: “In celebration of Earth Day and our collaboration with MATE, evian is proud to be certified carbon neutral since 2020 and reduced emissions every year since as part of this.”


1.            Recycle

2.            Avoid wasting food and water

3.            Use reusable carrier bags

4.            Always wash out cans and bottles before recycling them

5.            Use low energy light bulbs

6.            Switch off plugs and turn off household technology when not in use

7.            Encourage friends to recycle

8.            Buy products made from recycled materials

9.            Check labels in shops before purchasing something to ensure products are recyclable

10.          Increase the proportion of plant-based food within their diet

11.          Use a compost bin

12.          Check labels in shops before purchasing something to make sure it’s eco-friendly

13.          Use or encourage parents to purchase eco cleaning products

14.          Try to buy second hand

15.          Use or encourage parents or use a renewable energy supplier

16.          Check the material of home interior items such as soft furnishings and where they’re sourced from

17.          Eat a vegetarian/vegan diet

18.          Plant trees

19.          Grown their own produce

20.          Consider their carbon footprint when choosing a holiday destination

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