On Wednesday a leading retailer presented some findings on how the public think about green issues, whilst telling us of their progress in greening their company.
In a recent survey 26% of the public said it was not their problem. 38% asked what was the point of doing something, when whatever they did would be swamped by China and India. 28% said they would do something if it was easy. Just 8% said they would do what it takes because they strongly believed in the cause.
They also discovered that the biggest source of CO2 in their activities, including their supply chain, was the dairy industry producing dairy and meat products for their food sales. People would have to eat less meat and we would need to keep fewer cows to make a difference to that. The second biggest user of power and generator of CO2 is apparently washing all the clothes people buy in the shops. Cutting the wash temperature from 60 to 30 degrees would make a huge saving in power, far more than the retailer could do in their stores.
Like many big companies this retailer is working hard on reducing their energy use and controlling their waste. They are discovering like others that it makes good business sense, cutting costs and improving quality through better methods of working. It was a timely reminder that greenery begins at home, and can save you money.