June 1st - 5th, results of the second enquiry
In the beginning of June 2015, we got a subject concerning sustainability and we had to make questions. We searched for answers to our questions in two neighborhoods of the school in Barendrecht. Two of our questions were about food and two of them about saving energy. Almost everyone has leftovers often and almost everyone eats them later, just a few people throw it away. The next question was about solar panels, but none of people which we asked has them, and everyone is turning off the lights and heat off when the rooms are empty.
The most extraordinary results from our questionnaire are the facts that no one has solar panels and almost everyone has leftovers. We could improve this by having more solar panels. People would buy solar panels more easily if we had more advertising and paid attention to it. New techniques would also improve the solar panels and make them cheaper. People would buy solar panels more then. We can reduce the amount of leftovers by looking after our measurements more. We can do this with the help of food measuring cups. We can prepare the required amount of food per person. The households won’t cook too much food, and there will be fewer leftovers and people will not have to throw away food anymore. By having these recommendations, we hope that households can be more sustainable with food and energy.
Results of the survey about clothes
What do you do with old clothes or clothes that you don’t want anymore?
Most of the people we asked the questions gave the same answer. They give their old clothes to charity. Some of them are giving it to their family. The thing we noticed is that the people are aware of the sustainability of the clothes, because they don’t throw away their clothes. There isn’t a thing to improve, because most of the people are doing it well.
How often do you buy new clothes?
The people all gave another answer to our question. In that way we don’t have a typical answer. But it is remarkable that they all buy new clothes very often. Some are even buying new clothes every week, and that isn’t good for the sustainability. We recommend everybody to buy new clothes once or twice a month. Because that is better for the sustainability.
When you buy a television, do you look at the lifetime of it?
Two-third of the people look at the lifetime of a television during the purchase. Some people only look at the price and not at the lifetime.
Does the lifetime of a product affect your purchase? Give an example
Whether the lifetime of a product affects the purchase, depends on the kind of product. Most people only look at it when it is for product, which they will use for a long time, like a few years, for example: furniture, cars, clothes and electrical devices.
Results of the enquiry, questions about water
Most people often use the small button when they flush the toilets. From the people we questioned 37.5% are saving water by using the small button most of the time. There are also a lot of people who don’t use the small button (25%), they don’t think about the environment. They are not aware of the problems. Another 25% always flushes the small button, even when they have pooped. The smallest part of the people sometimes use the big one and sometimes the small one.
Almost everyone in the Netherlands has a dishwasher, but no one knows how much water a dishwasher uses. Lots of people want to change the water use of the dishwasher.
The people are not aware of the environmental problems. Maybe they don’t care about it, they don’t want to change their lifestyle. Fortunately the most part of the Dutch citizen does care about the environment and they are aware of the problems and the little things they can do in the household too help the environment. So we think that the government should educate and stimulate about this subject. They need to teach every citizen how they can do little thing to benefit the environment. This can stimulate changes in households.
We came up with two questions:
How long do you use a car, until you buy a new one?
Do you think about the energy usage when you bought your last car?
We went to a neighborhood near our school, where we walked around and asked people in the houses those two questions.
Most people use their car 5,6 or 7 years.
When the car gets older the car gets worse for the environment.
5, 6 and 7 years is okay for a good car.
You have five labels: A, B, C, D and E
It depends on how you are raised. Some people are raised that the environment is important and some people are not raised that way. It also depends on how expensive it is.
5 out of 10 people said that they thought about it when they bought their last car
2 out of 10 people said that they didn’t thought about it when they bought their last car
3 out of 10 people said they sometimes did and sometimes didn’t think about it.